Steve Backs Merseyside Construction Apprentice Daniel(July 17, 2014)
Walton MP Steve Rotheram has attended a parliamentary Reception in the House of Commons along with local construction apprentice Daniel Tebay.
Hosted by CITB as part of its 50th anniversary celebrations, the reception was an opportunity for MPs to show their support for the new Apprenticeship Commission which is investigating ways of increasing the quality and quantity of construction apprentices.
Speaking at the reception, Adrian Belton CITB Chief Executive said: “The construction industry in UK needs to recruit 120,000 new apprentices in the next five years in order to continue to drive the economy forward.
“Construction is worth £73 billion to the economy. It employs 2.1 million people. But with 180,000 new jobs being created in the next 5 years and 400,000 members of the workforce reaching retirement age in the next 10 years, we’re in a real ‘race for talent’.
“Apprentices are the lifeblood of our industry and we need to ensure that working with schools and colleges we are doing everything we can to encourage talented young people into careers in construction”.
Steve explained, “As a former construction apprentice myself, I know how important they can be in acting as a catalyst for a lifetime of work. Construction offers great career opportunities for people across Merseyside and it’s been great to celebrate CITB’S 50th year and contribute to the debate about the best way to get more young people like Daniel Tebary to take up construction apprenticeships.
Merseyside apprentice Daniel Tebay said: “I’ve had a great time at this event. It’s good to see how important apprenticeships are to construction and hear about plans for the future. I know that there are great career opportunities available and I’m looking forward to taking on work in the coming years”.