Labour Councillors appoint two new apprentices onto Maghull Town

Patrick McKinley, Terry Young, Charlotte Ford and Jim Melia

 

Alan Sugar has nothing on Labour-run Maghull Town Council.

The Labour Councillors are saying "You're Hired" to not one, but four new apprentices.

Two have already signed up and started work.

Charlotte Ford is an apprentice administration assistant. As well as working four days a week in the office, she carries out one day a week in college.

Terry Young is an apprentice assistant maintenance engineer. Terry's responsibilities include repair and maintenance of horticultural machinery, including vehicles and hand tools, as well as general building maintenance. He is also on day release at college.

The apprenticeship scheme is the brainchild of Cllr Patrick McKinley who hopes the initiative will give vital training opportunities to young people from right here in Maghull.

Patrick McKinley, Charlotte Ford and Terry Young Cllr McKinley said: "Despite the harsh economic climate the Labour Group on Maghull Town Council wants to do more to support the aspirations of our young people.

"That's just what we want to do with this apprenticeship scheme. To provide valued training and skills to young people from right here in Maghull.

"We've started by taking on two young people, which we will soon be expanding to four. And we will consider expanding the projecting in coming years if the scheme is a success."

Cllr McKinley, who himself is a local businessman and Further Education specialist, said it was vitally important that Maghull Town Council stepped in and helped young people.

Cllr McKinley said: "Programmes like this can demonstrate the positive difference a town council can make, passing on knowledge and skills to the next generation and simultaneously supporting the needs of the local community.

"At a time when this Tory-Lib Dem government is making it harder for young people to get the education and skills they need for the future, through their policy of cutting things like the Education Maintenance Allowance and the trebling of the university tuition fees, we see this scheme as having the potential to provide a positive future for some of our young people. 

"Once employed our young people would contribute to the local economy through their spending, supporting other local businesses, and reduce the money the state has to pay as they won’t be claiming benefits.

Jim Melia, Terry Young and Patrick McKinley"The fundamental difference between us and the Tories and Lib Dems nationally and locally is that we believe that the public sector has a vital role in supporting employment. The Tories and Lib Dems refuse to intervene to stimulate growth. Locally they'd rather spend vital resources on vanity projects such as the town hall roof rather than investing in our young people. 

"Through schemes like this our young people will be off benefits and paying, rather than avoiding, tax. This is how the deficit could be reduced nationally. Instead they'd rather give tax breaks to the rich and penalise the middle income and poorer families.
Don't be fooled by the hypocrisy of local Liberal Democrats they are culpable in everything this government is doing.

"We have two excellent new members of the Maghull Town Council. My Labour colleagues and I welcome them to the team and we look forward to working with them over the next 12 months."

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