Friday, 16 April 2010

Minister hails ground breaking scheme for the joiners and bricklayers of the future

Yvonne Fovargue and Housing Minister John Healey MP visited the Western Skills Centre based in Bryn which will train the construction workers of the future in the trades of Joinery and Brickwork.

Pupils from local secondary schools walking through the Skills Centre’s doors receive specialised training thanks to a unique collaboration between five Wigan High Schools, Wigan Council and Mears, the leading social housing repairs and maintenance provider in the country. At its opening it was believed that this partnership was a first both locally and nationally.

Yvonne Fovargue said, “The Skill Centre is a wonderful achievement and an excellent example of local schools working together. Again Wigan leads the way, providing opportunities for pupils to learn a trade and equipping them with the skills to gain employment in the future.”

John Healey MP said, “No one can afford to overlook young people’s talent and the UK of tomorrow will need the young joiners and bricklayers here today to build the homes of the future."

“Labour is making sure the Tory mistakes in the recessions of the 80s and 90s do not happen again. In the teeth of recession, we supported hard working businesses and struggling families alike. Now with our eyes firmly on growth and economic recovery, it is vital that we keep up investment to create new jobs and pay for apprenticeships for young people. That's why with Labour every 18 - 24 year old who has been out of work for more than six months will be guaranteed a job, training or college place.”

Yvonne is pictured with Housing Minister John Healey, Ian McCartney and Labour's candidate for Bryn Ward, Ann Rampling.