MPs applaud local apprentices(October 19, 2012)
Merseyside MPs Steve Rotheram and Joe Benton have visited Carillion’s training centre in Liverpool to see how local apprentices are gaining the skills and qualification for a career in construction.
As former apprentices themselves, they were keen to see what opportunities are available today for young people to learn a trade.
Carillion is the largest employer of young apprentices in the sector with around 2,000 trainees at any one time.
Its training centre in Liverpool offers young people aged between 16-19 years a four-month initial training programme moving on to a level 2 apprenticeship, where work experience is gained through working with small local building firms.
During their visit they were able to see the training in action and speak with a number of apprentices, trainers and managers.
Walton MP Steve Rotheram said: “Having completed an apprenticeship in bricklaying myself and taught construction skills I know first-hand the solid foundations courses like this can offer. As well as providing life-long skills and that vital first step up to work, they also help develop social skills and the confidence needed to succeed. We really need to do more to support and promote apprenticeship schemes like this.