Shared Apprenticeships South West secures future of former Carillion apprentices
The future careers of two apprentices have been secured after the collapse of construction giant Carillion, thanks to Shared Apprenticeships South West (SASW).
SASW helps individuals to start to build a career in the sector with an apprenticeship. SASW employs the apprentices directly and finds them relevant placements with contractors across the region to enable them to complete their apprenticeship whilst also arranging the necessary college courses.
The organisation has recently secured two new contractors and their apprentices Bailey Clark and George Brown were on programmes with Carillion but were left with little prospects after the company went into liquidation.
Bailey and George can now continue their apprenticeships with the dedicated backing of SASW, which will employ them as they complete their training.
Emma Norton, Programme Manager for Shared Apprenticeships South West, said: “We are pleased to offer secure apprenticeships for Bailey and George, who were both worried about their future careers after the collapse of Carillion.
“And we have begun working with two new host contractors, supporting them to complete their workload with regular, dedicated apprentices who are keen and ready to learn. By working together, we are helping to provide peace of mind for apprentices to continue their training and contractors to keep up their workload.”
Employed by Carillion, Bailey was working with AKA Brickworks while training to become a bricklayer but was left in the dark about his future when he heard the news of the firm’s collapse.
Scott Leach, Director, AKA Brickworks, said: “When I first heard about Carillion, I was worried about the futures of all of those apprentices, especially Bailey who has been getting on well with us and working hard on a development in Gloucester.
“We knew we needed to find a way to help him continue his apprenticeship and thanks to SASW he now has real peace of mind, which is fantastic.”
George had only just begun his apprenticeship with Carillion and was waiting to be placed with his first host contractor when it stopped operating. He is now hoping to work towards a carpentry qualification with support from SASW.
John McColl, Business Development Lead for Shared Apprenticeships South West, said: “It is very satisfying to have helped these two apprentices to continue their training to develop a rewarding and long lasting career in the construction industry while SASW also starts to work with two new host contractors.
“We offer a flexible approach for host contractors and are keen to speak with anyone interested in finding out about how we can support them to meet their workloads, training obligations and take on an apprentice for as little as 13 weeks at a time.”