Lambeth council’s aim to see at least 300 additional apprenticeships created in the borough over the next two years gathered pace on Wednesday, with one of the UK’s leading infrastructure services companies launching a new apprentice skills programme in Lambeth.
FM Conway, which carries out work on Lambeth’s roads, began their Apprentice Live training programme on Monday – the beginning of National Apprenticeship Week.
Lambeth’s Mayor, Cllr Adedamola Aminu and cabinet member for Jobs & Growth, Cllr Jack Hopkins, met apprentices on FM Conway’s scheme in Helix Road, Brixton on Wednesday.
Cllr Hopkins said: “Apprenticeships are so important in training up the next generation of skilled workers. They benefit our economy as well as small, medium and large businesses and, of course, the apprentices themselves. We want to see everybody in Lambeth have the opportunity to of a long and successful career, and for many an apprenticeship is the starting point for that ambition. I’m delighted to see FM Conway on board and I’m certain that these apprentices will prove to be a huge asset for them.”
During National Apprenticeship Week, Lambeth council has launched its campaign to deliver 300 apprenticeships in the borough before April 2017 – an average rate of 3 per week.
It will work with Lambeth businesses of all sizes, Lambeth’s six Business Improvement Districts, schools, council Leaving Care/Early Youth Intervention/YOS teams, Young Lambeth Co-operative, Jobcentre Plus, National Careers Service, Lambeth Working Apprenticeships, Lambeth College, youth services’ providers and third sector partners, Mayor’s Fund ‘Young London Working’, Kids Company and the Prince’s Trust.
Fifty of the opportunities will be designed to support vulnerable young people with additional needs or who face challenges to entering and staying in an apprenticeship opportunity.
The Apprentice Live programme is a series of events across London, whereby FM Conway is providing highly skilled masonry training to its apprentices in a live works environment.
The Lambeth event is the first in the series and took place in Helix Road, which is a live site. There is a dedicated area for the apprentice training, which is being provided by Billy Boag – one of FM Conway’s Master Paviors.
Representatives from the London Highways Academy of Excellence (www.lhae.co.uk) – a highways industry training centre set up by FM Conway and the Worshipful Company of Paviors – were also in attendance on the day to talk to the assembled councillors and apprentices about the importance of apprenticeships to the highways industry and UK businesses in general.
Michael Conway, CEO of FM Conway who attended on the day along with Cllrs Aminu and Hopkins, said: “Apprenticeships are vital to our business and hold the key to solving the skills challenge that many industries now face.
“Schemes such as the Apprentice Live programme and the London Highways Academy of Excellence are about not only giving our current apprentices the skills they need to develop as construction professionals, it is about promoting the value of apprenticeships to the general public, in Lambeth and across the whole of London. We’re pleased to be able to launch this scheme in Lambeth and are grateful to the council for their ongoing support.”