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Richard Fuller, MP for Bedford and Kempston, joined local students to have a go at building new homes as part of National Apprentice Week on Friday. The students tried their hand at bricklaying and carpentry at a hands-on event at Barratt Homes’ Cygnet Mews development in Kempston.
Pupils from Bedford Academy, Hastingsbury Business & Enterprise College and Sharnbrook Upper School visited the new homes development on Wilkinson Road, where they met staff, learnt about the industry and gained practical, supervised experience of construction skills.
The aim of the visit, organised in partnership with the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB), was to demonstrate to the students the different skills involved in building a new home and to inspire them into considering a career in home building after leaving school.
Richard Fuller said; “As part of my plan for Bedford and Kempston I want to encourage house building by companies like Barratt so future generations can have the security of their own home.
“Home building is helping to drive the continuing economic recovery, and by encouraging young people to become apprentices through events such as this, responsible companies like Barratt Homes are creating jobs for the local area.”
Andrew Swindell, Managing Director of Barratt Homes Northampton, said; “We want to give local students a glimpse of what it’s like to work on a new homes development, as we’re always on the look-out for the home builders of the future.”
Earlier this month, Richard attended an open day to celebrate the 30th anniversary of BELA Electronics – a company started by local entrepreneur, Mike Lafratta, which is regarded as one of the market leaders in its field with a strong reputation in the design and manufacture of printed circuit board assemblies.
Based in Kempston, the company has now grown to 30 employees and has recently invested in an apprentice scheme aimed at developing new skills within the industry and securing the firm’s future for another 30 years.
Richard said, “BELA Electronics is another Bedford and Kempston success story, providing employment to a skilled local workforce. I was also delighted to see BELA investing in the futures of young people – a key focus for this government which has created 1.8 million new apprenticeships since 2010. For many, an apprenticeship is the key to realising their potential and securing a better future, helping them to get on in life.”
New data shows that 600 Apprenticeships have been delivered in Bedford & Kempston in the last year, up 70% on the previous year.
Richard, who recently visited Ultra Precision Engineering in Kempston, where they have just taken on two new apprentices from the Bedford Training Group, said that the record rise in apprenticeship numbers shows commitment to helping employers train the skilled workers they need to build a stronger, growing economy. He added that companies like Ultra Precision Engineering are providing a vital role in skills development.
He was also delighted with the Government’s announcement that it will offer cash bonuses to employers for taking on an apprentice aged between 16 and 24 and urges companies in Bedford and Kempston to take up this opportunity.
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Bedford MP Richard Fuller has praised local company, Carillion Energy Services for its commitment to training and apprenticeships.
The MP was keen to see how the company was creating sustainable jobs in Bedford and the impact that this was having upon skills in the area.
Mr Fuller met senior managers and also had the opportunity to speak first hand with renewable installation engineer, Jake Marsden who gained vital training on the installation of solar photovoltaic panels at the Academy and qualified fully in October 2010.
Richard said: “I was really pleased to see first hand the scale of the Training Academy and I am particularly proud that Carillion Energy Services have chosen to use Bedford as the location for their UK Training Academy. Green Skills and employment are vital to the development of both the local and wider economy and here in Bedford, we are actively involved in developing these.”