Labour Group plans for Alan Sugar style apprentice scheme for Ma

Cllr Patrick McKinley with Maghull Town Clerk Mark Julius and Maghull Town Council staff.

 

Maghull's very own Alan Sugar is hoping to say "you're hired" to a series of new apprentices as part of a new scheme being investigated by the Labour Group on the town council.

Maghull Town Council is currently conducting a feasibility study into the establishment of a Maghull Apprenticeship and enterprise programme.

The proposed scheme is the brainchild of Cllr Patrick McKinley who hopes the initiative will give vital training opportunities to youngsters in Maghull.

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.

"If we find that the scheme could be viable, the apprenticeship and enterprise programme would provide long term employment opportunities for over 20 young people over the lifetime of the project.

"We propose to establish a social/co-operative enterprise where the objective would be to accumulate jobs instead of profits, with all surpluses being ploughed straight back into the enterprise to create more jobs.

"The programme needs to raise £80,000 over a two year period as pump priming and we need the support of local businesses/entrepreneurs to help us. If we can raise this we can employ eight apprentices over the two years."

Cllr McKinley, who himself is a local businessman and Further Education specialist, said the scheme would be self funding and would not be a drain on public money.

Cllr McKinley said: "This is not a dead weight programme that will draw on public money ad infinitum, rather, the social enterprise activities will have clear income targets and begin to generate a surplus over two years, thereafter enabling us to employ more staff up to our target of 20.

"In the long term, we plan to provide very cost effective services for local people who are feeling the pinch, so it could be a win win situation. Tapping in to the existing skills of the town council staff apprentices could end up providing services such as repair and manufacturing goods.

"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.

"Potential apprenticeships would include, engineering manufacturing, recycling/renewable energies, horticulture, landscaping, administration, finance and marketing.

"But we need local businesses to support us if this venture is to be a success. If any businesses or local entrepreneurs would like to get involved, please contact me on 07843 085 872."

Maghull Town clerk, Mark Julius has welcomed the new proposal.

He said: “This is a bold and exciting initiative for young people in Maghull. It is going to give apprentices the chance to gain valuable practical skills and knowledge, backed up by a qualification at the end of the scheme. The council is committed to helping young people in Maghull, and will lead the way in developing projects and raising funds from other sources to support small employment and training opportunities for young people in the area.”