Labour MP Bill Esterson highlights success of Maghull Town Counc

Sefton Central Labour MP Bill Esterson with the Maghull Town Council apprentices Daniel Regan, Charlotte Ford and Terry Young.

 

Sefton Central Labour MP Bill Esterson is using National Apprenticeship Week to highlight Labour-run Maghull Town Council's efforts to give young people a foot-up on the career ladder.

Labour Councillors on Maghull Town Council have taken on three young apprentices, Charlotte Ford, Terry Young and Daniel Regan,  who are being trained up and and working on everything from office and admin skills to engineering and horticulture.

The Labour-run town council has launched the apprenticeship scheme to help young people in the area get the much needed training they need.

Bill said he will be highlighting the success of the apprenticeship scheme in Maghull in Parliament during Apprenticeship Week.

Bill said: "There are a variety of events in Parliament to mark National Apprenticeship Week. At each of these I will be singing the praises of Maghull Town Council's very own apprenticeship scheme which has seen three young local people join the excellent Maghull Town Council team.

"The scheme gives the young people the chance to gain vital on-the-job training. At a time when far too many young people are finding themselves unemployed and without the skills they need to get on the career ladder this time of ground-breaking initiative is more vital than ever.

"The Labour Councillors on Maghull Town Council have told me how the three young apprentices have quickly become valued members of the team, which proves just how successful apprenticeship schemes are for both the apprentices and the organisation which have taken them on.

"I congratulate Maghull Town Council for the work they are doing to give young people a starting chance and Charlotte, Terry and Daniel for taking this opportunity and making it a success."

Maghull Town Council deputy leader, Labour's Cllr Patrick 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: "Apprenticeship and training 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. 

"We have three excellent new members of the Maghull Town Council team. My Labour colleagues and I are delighted to be working with them."