Construction firm creates new apprenticeships

  • 2-16-2012
K Dixon has created five new apprenticeships to invest in the future growth of the construction industry

K Dixon has created five new apprenticeships to invest in the future growth of the construction industry

Two local construction firms have joined forces in their efforts to create construction apprenticeship opportunities for young people in Berwick.

K Dixon Building Services has taken on five new apprentices through CITB-ConstructionSkills, the sector skills council and industry training board for the industry.

K Dixon is a sub-contractor for property organisation Gentoo and appealed to the firm, which works in partnership with Berwick Borough Housing, to give financial support to recruit new talent to the industry.

With a workforce of just 28, K Dixon has made the investment in apprentices to provide a much needed boost in the local house building sector, creating job opportunities for those entering the industry and helping to avoid a skills shortage in the future.

Kevin Dixon from K Dixon said: “I believe it is extremely important that local firms support local talent and help to bring new skills into the industry for the benefit of the entire sector.

“At K Dixon we usually commit to only one or two apprentices each year, but at a time when jobs are scarce in the local house building sector, we felt it was important to invest in the future growth of the industry.”

Russell Buckley, regional delivery manager for CITB-ConstructionSkills in the north east, said: “While the construction sector continues to face some tough challenges, it remains hugely important that we make sure that quality new entrants are coming into the industry.

“CITB-ConstructionSkills has been working with employers to help bring new blood into the industry to ensure that we have the right skills for economic growth both locally and nationally.”

“I urge other companies to take a lead from K Dixon and contact us to find out more information on signing apprentices and how they can support the industry.”

To find out more, contact CITB-ConstructionSkills on 0300 456 5824 or visit www.cskills.org/apprenticeships/work-experience/index.aspx.

Meanwhile, Northumberland County Council has been highlighting the importance of apprenticeships as part of this year’s National Apprenticeship Week.

The campaign, now its fifth year, is all about raising the profile of apprenticeships on offer and the benefits that they can bring to employers and those seeking a new career.

Northumberland County Council currently employs 120 apprentices and expects to exceed this target in the next year.

Councillor Lesley Rickerby, executive member responsible for children and young people, said: “We are keen to support the campaign and remind job seekers, employers, teachers and parents about the variety of apprenticeships on offer.

“These apprenticeships, whether in local government or in other fields, offer a fantastic springboard to a whole range of careers.”


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