Alan Whitehead

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Meeting local apprentices for National Apprenticeship Week

Alan Whitehead MP has visited Carillion’s training centre in Southampton during National Apprentice Week to see how local apprentices are gaining valuable skills and qualifications for a career in construction.

Alan Whitehead MP has visited Carillion’s training centre in Southampton during National Apprentice Week to see how local apprentices are gaining valuable skills and qualifications for a career in construction.

Support services and construction company Carillion is the largest employers of young apprentices in the sector with more than 2,000 trainees at any one time. 
Its training centre in Southampton has been in existence for 25 years and lead by Carillion since 1993. It offers apprenticeships in carpentry, Joinery and bricklaying and has more than 100 apprentices currently based there.

The venture offers young people aged between 16-19 years a four-month pre-apprenticeship training programme  before moving on to Level 2 and level 3 apprenticeships with Carillion through its extensive supply chain and local work experience providers.

During his visit Dr Whitehead was able to see the training in action and spoke with a number of apprentices, instructors and staff.

Dr Whitehead said:

“There is no doubt that finding work can be challenging right now and centres like this are vital to equip our young people with the skills, qualifications and the confidence that they need to succeed. You only have to visit facilities like this to see that if we can offer the right opportunities, the talent and willingness to learn is there in abundance.”

Mick Walker, Regional Operations Manager for Carillion Training Services, added:

“We were delighted to welcome Dr Whitehead to our training centre and to show him the work we are doing and the calibre and commitment of the apprentices. An apprenticeship is a great way to start a career in construction and we are proud to deliver such a range of trades for apprentices in the sector, including bricklaying and carpentry. By developing life long skills for local people in this way we feel we are helping to support and promote sustainable communities and are creating a workforce for tomorrow."  

 

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