Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Bid to Find New Courses for Carillion Apprentices; CARILLION

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Bid to Find New Courses for Carillion Apprentices; CARILLION

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Byline: jonathon manning

AROUND 140 apprentices are still to find work in the North East after construction giant Carillion collapsed last month, with local businesses being urged to come to the rescue by hiring the remaining staff.

Before its liquidation, Carillion employed 240 apprentices across two training facilities in Gateshead and Sunderland. The centres focused on training the apprentices in carpentry, bricklaying, general construction operations, and painting and decorating.

The Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) is urging local businesses to support the apprentices, and has already secured jobs for 100 of the 240 apprentices.

The CITB's call for support has been backed by Newcastle North MP Catherine McKinnell, who said: "Carillion had 240 apprentices across Newcastle, Gateshead and Sunderland, of which I understand just under 100 have been matched up with new placements.

"That obviously still leaves a significant number of - mainly young - people totally unsure about their future, and whether they'll even be able to complete their training, through absolutely no fault of their own.

"This is a terrible situation to be in and I would strongly urge any local firms who may be able to offer a placement to one of these apprentices to get in touch with CITB, the organisation leading this process."

The CITB is asking construction firms interested in taking on the apprentices to contact them using a dedicated hotline that has been set up following the crisis. Business can telephone the CITB at 0344 994 4010 or email the team at carillion. Companies that are able to offer positions for apprentices specialising in carpentry, joinery, and bricklaying are particularly needed. Firms will be required to train the apprentices in a variety of skills while on the job. The CITB can provide guidance about which areas the apprentices will need to be trained in. …

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