A host of partners committed to regeneration and the creation of employment opportunities have joined together to launch an apprenticeship scheme for Bolton citizens.
Bolton Council, Bolton College, Willmott Dixon Construction and ISG have joined with Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce, the North West Improvement & Efficiency Partnership and the North West Construction Hub to launch a £13 million construction programme which will see the delivery of training for seven new apprentices in Bolton. The scheme will play a key role in Bolton’s regeneration strategy and in tackling unemployment.
Bolton College, a specialist provider of business training and apprenticeships, will deliver training to the apprentices. Apprenticeships are open to people of all ages. The apprenticeship programme will combine academic study with practical work experience with two of the country’s leading construction firms, ISG and Willmott Dixon.
The apprentices will be recruited by the end of September. They will be based in Bolton Market (Willmott Dixon) and Bolton Town Hall (ISG).
The scheme offers a fantastic opportunity for people looking to develop a career in the construction industry in disciplines such as dry lining & plastering, joinery, plumbing, painting and decorating, electrical work and business administration.
Dave Richardson, Head of Construction at Bolton College, said: “We are delighted to be involved in what is an incredibly exciting project, bringing employment opportunities to our young people and providing businesses with new talent and skills. We need to invest in the young professionals of tomorrow and ensure that they are meeting the future skills needs of the industry. Bolton College is committed to providing structured training for candidates to obtain further education and work opportunities”.
Councillor Cliff Morris, Leader of Bolton Council, said: “We are committed to meeting the needs of our diverse community through employment. Young people are a key focus of this agenda, bringing fresh ideas, commitment and energy to businesses. By increasing the number of training and employment opportunities available we aim to drive forward regeneration, business engagement and economic growth. This is an exciting new venture, designed by an innovative group of partners, which supports our collective ambition.”
Anthony Dillon, Willmott Dixon’s managing director for the North, said: “Training our next generation and investing in their future is essential for our industry. Each year Willmott Dixon employs over 40 new management trainees and apprentices, and also provides over 20,000 hours of work experience to young people looking to get into construction. It’s important we encourage new recruits into our fantastic industry and we are delighted to support this excellent initiative with Bolton Council and Bolton College.”
ISG’s Alan McCarthy-Wyper, managing director for construction, commented: “The future health, capability and prosperity of the UK construction industry depends upon the recruitment of talented, ambitious and highly skilled individuals. The Bolton apprenticeship scheme complements ISG’s own UK-wide graduate and apprenticeship programme, and is an ambitious initiative that will undoubtedly prove highly influential on the future career aspirations of those committed individuals taking part. The wider industry is also a major benefactor of these important schemes, which deliver well rounded, expertly trained and professional apprentices, who are well prepared for an exciting career in construction.”
All parties involved have signed up to the “Bolton Construction Apprenticeship Programme Partnership Agreement”, an agreed programme of work to deliver the apprenticeships and other training opportunities.
Apprenticeship vacancies can be found on the Construction GTA website http://www.gmchamber.co.uk/service_brand_categories/current-vacancies.
If you are interested in applying, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org and an application form and guidance notes will be sent to you. Recruitment is open until the end of September.
More details about the apprenticeship scheme will be released as the project progresses.