Maghull Town Council Labour leader Cllr Patrick McKinley praises latest apprentice who has secured full time work after completing scheme

Maghull Town Council Labour leader Cllr Patrick McKinley and clerk Angela MacIntyre are joined by town council staff as they wish apprentice Thomas Williams best of luck in his new job.

Maghull Town Council Labour leader Cllr Patrick McKinley said he was proud of the town council's part in training a young apprentice who has now got a new job in Liverpool.

Thomas Williams was taken on as part of Maghull Town Council's apprenticeship scheme in August 2014. The former Maricourt pupil was taken on as a business admin apprentice where he worked in the office at Maghull Town Hall.

Maghull Town Council's apprenticeship scheme was the brainchild of the council's Labour leader Cllr Patrick McKinley, who saw the initiative as an opportunity to provide training to make local young people 'work-ready'.

This was Thomas's first post after doing a one year business course at Hugh Baird after leaving Maricourt. He said he had found his time at Maghull Town Council invaluable.

He said: "I have loved being here. It's been great. I have been lucky enough to get involved in lots of things which have given me new skills which I can now use in my career.

"This was my first job after school and it has been an invaluable experience, so i am sorry to go, but I'm about to start a new job as a customer services officer with ShopDirect.

"I would like to thank everyone in the office, the ground staff, the councillors and the members of the public I had dealings with."

Maghull Town Council clerk, Angela McIntyre, said she was sorry to see Thomas go.

Angela said: "Thomas has been an active and key member of the Maghull Town Council office team in the time he has been with us having been involved in every aspect of the town council, including helping to arrange the Christmas hampers, the pensioners' Christmas lunch and, MaghullFest and the Maghull Christmas lights switch on event.

"He has built up some great relations with the people who use the council and the council services.

"Now it is time for him to go out into the big wide world.

"He will be missed by all of us in the office and the councillors and we wish him every success in the future."

Maghull Town Council Labour leader Cllr Patrick McKinley said Thomas had been a valuable member of the town council team.

Cllr McKinley said: "The apprenticeship scheme for Maghull Town Council has been a great success. We've had some excellent young people join the council team. They have made a valuable contribution to the town council and they have learned new skills along the way, which they will then be able to use to gain future employment.

"The apprentices we have taken on do four days a week at the town hall where they learn on the job, but they also do one day a week in college where they are getting a formal qualification. So these apprenticeship schemes that we are running are well respected by future employers.

"Through this scheme, it has been our intention to do all we can to help local young people despite the harsh economic climate.

"The scheme has proven to be a success so far and it is one will will be building in in the near future.

"Thomas has really developed over his year with us, in confidence and in his skillset. ShopDirect are lucky to be taking him on. I know he will be successful in all of his future endeavours. and I would personally like to wish him all the very best."