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Saturday, 25 October 2014

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Barrow open day aiming to help young build their careers

AN event aimed at recruiting construction apprentices is set to take place in Barrow.

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LINK BETWEEN YOUNG AND EMPLOYERS Allen Gaskell from CITB, on a construction site in Pennine Gardens, Barrow LINDSEY DICKINGS REF: 50059600B004

The open day has been organised by trade organisation CITB and will be held at Barrow Cricket Club in Abbey Road from 4pm to 6pm on Wednesday March 5.

CITB officers, as well as potential employers, will be on hand to talk to youngsters about the opportunities available in construction, ranging from bricklayers to site managers.

Allen Gaskell, Furness apprenticeship officer for CITB, visits colleges and sixth forms across South Cumbria and up to Seascale, to encourage young people to consider a career in the industry.

“We work closely with the apprentices and local employers, to find roles and fill vacancies,” he said.

“We work with companies like Leck and Neil Price, who come to us every year with a set number of apprenticeships which we then aim to fill.”

CITB works with around 40 apprentices in the Furness area every year; and for the last 20 years Mr Gaskell, a joiner by trade, has been involved in bridging the gap between young people looking for work and employers looking to recruit.

“We are that link between young people and employers, and it’s my job to vet these companies to make sure the apprenticeships work best for everyone involved,” he added.

After leaving the shipyard in 1989, Mr Gaskell set up his own business before becoming involved in training by teaching at Furness College.

“The construction industry was hit hard by the recession but things are really starting to pick up now,” he said.

“There is the new care home being built in Barrow and quite a few housing developments in the area, so there are opportunities around.

“We hosted a similar open day last June, to tie in with National Construction Week, and the idea is for us to encourage young kids to come forward by meeting with employers with a view to helping them get into employment.”

The open day, which ties in with National Apprenticeship Week, will offer information on some of CITB’s courses, which lead to NVQ diploma qualifications with all fees paid for.

For more information, email sharon.matthews@citb.co.uk or call 07775 010085.

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