Nigel Adams MP for Selby & Ainsty met with construction apprentices at York College and tried his hand at brick laying. Visiting the recently opened construction training facility, Mr Adams was able to discuss with apprentices and staff the range of construction courses offered by the College.
Mr Adams has also welcomed news that in the comprehensive Spending Review this week, funding for Further Education colleges has been protected.
Mr Adams said, “We are very lucky to have two outstanding colleges in our area and I was thrilled to be able to talk to students and work based apprentices, who will hopefully be our next generation of tradesmen. Apprentices and vocational training is just as valuable in the long term for young people as academic courses and it’s great to see there is no shortages of excellent training available locally.”
Principal of York College Alison Birkinshaw said: “We were delighted to meet with Mr Adams to show him around our new Construction & Skills Centre which opened at the start of this academic year. Our construction students learn a full range of trades including brickwork, joinery, plastering, painting & decorating, electrical and plumbing, as well as studying professional and technical qualifications. Their skills will be in great demand in the coming years as the government unfolds its plans to build 400,000 new homes.”