Construction sector leaders meet talent of the future
Representatives from 30 building contractors across the Liverpool City Region attended a special event to showcase the capabilities and expertise of up-and-coming industry professionals studying at The City of Liverpool College.
The event was held as part of National Apprentice Week, and was hosted by The Liverpool Regeneration Contractors Group (LRCG), The City of Liverpool College, Liverpool City Council and Liverpool in Work. The event gave businesses a chance to explore the campus and see first-hand the new talent that is on offer for the construction sector.
Attendees were given demonstrations from students, who are seeking apprenticeship positions with local firms, on a wide range of construction trade skills. These demonstrations enabled the students to speak to contractors providing them with a clear understanding of their requirements and the opportunities available to those thinking of entering the sector.
Businesses were able to find out how they can support the sector by investing in the young people that will be part of its future and were also given an opportunity to meet key representatives from the construction industry including Morgan Sindall, Kier, Laing O’Rourke, BAM and Carillion.
Frank Reynolds, framework manager at Morgan Sindall, said: “The college is a fantastic asset to construction firms - the students there are a great resource for local contractors. The idea behind events like these is to secure invaluable opportunities for both parties.
“Students are given the chance to meet some of the industry’s top professionals while sector leaders are given the opportunity to see the remarkable standard of training given to today’s industry trainees as well as access to an untapped resource.”
Elaine Bowker, Principal of The City of Liverpool College, said: “Our commitment to providing initiatives for students who want to learn highly valuable skills means we have thousands of apprentices from the college in paid employment.
“Apprenticeships play a vital role in developing skills for priority sectors in the city region and, ultimately, play a vital role in growing the region’s economy.
“Our relationships in the construction industry are of huge value to students who have the opportunity to find employment with dozens of businesses, and we are thankful to these companies for their commitment to the college.”
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