Don Valley Labour candidate Caroline Flint was meeting construction apprentices this week to see the work of Learning World Academies (formerly HB Training) in Denaby Main.
Ms Flint met apprentices from Denaby Main, Mexborough and the surrounding area, who were bricklaying.
BUILDING SKILLS: Caroline with Matt King,age 17, who is In the seventh month of his 60 week apprenticeship.
Said Caroline: “These government funded apprenticeships are part Labour’s approach to giving young people the skills they need to work and to make sure that our local construction firms have the trained workforce to take on to meet the full demands our local economy as we secure the recovery.
The Academy takes about 160 apprentices over the year; each does 60 weeks to become fully qualified.
Said Caroline: “The Academy is just what people in this area want – and what these young people need. After basic induction, these apprentices are based with local firms for most of their apprenticeship, and they are paid while they train.”
Ms Flint met Richard Green of MSP Construction of Mexborough who have two apprentices at present and are about to take on two more.
Ms Flint said: “We have three times the number of apprenticeships in Doncaster that we had five years ago. And Labour is giving a jobs or training guarantee to every 18-24 year old. We will support young people to get the skills they need to earn a living wage and our area’s employers have the workforce they need.”
Caroline with Frankie Chaudhary (left) and Ryan Curtin, two apprentices working with Richard Green at MSP Construction, Mexborough.
50,000 young people in the Yorkshire region are already benefiting from Labour’s guarantee of work or training for anyone out of work more than six months.
The Academy will be taking on 20 new apprentices in September/October. For more information ring: 01709 861353.