Posted: Wednesday 8 February 2012

Councillor O’Neill visits Warrington Collegiate during apprenticeship week to gain ‘hands-on’ experience of Apprenticeships.

Warrington Collegiate had a new apprentice on Tuesday when Leader of the Council, Councillor Terry O’Neill visited Warrington Collegiate for some ‘hands-on ‘experience to help celebrate National Apprenticeship weekApprentice Daryl Delooze tutors Councillor O'Neill in Bricklaying skills

First stop was the Construction Training Workshop where Councillor O’Neill proved he was a top pupil at bricklaying following instructions from 19 year old, apprentice, Daryl Delooze from Orford.

Following this Councillor O’Neill moved to the Plumbing workshop to develop his skills even further with encouragement from apprentices, 19 year old Tom Spencer, from Widnes and 25 year old Kelvin Hampson from Newton-le-Willows

He was given a tour of the Renewable Energies facilities, the latest green initiative by Warrington Collegiate with Jem Morris, Curriculum Manager for Construction and Building Services and Sustainables accompanied by Angela Perry, Director of Property Services Golden Gates Housing Trust at and 17 year old apprentice,  Jack Hodgkiss from  Risley.

After his hard work Councillor O’Neill enjoyed a spot of relaxation, meeting North West Apprentice of the Year 2008, hairdresser Alisha Cooper who started her career as an apprentice with Warrington Collegiate who now manages Lisa B’s salon in Warrington.

Peter Metcalf, Director of Human Resources and  19 year old apprentice, Jack Wright, from Westbrook, from Brooksons Accountants discussed the benefits and development of apprenticeships over coffee with Councillor Terry O’Neill.

Employers who work with the college were also on hand to tell Councillor O’Neill about the benefits of apprenticeships from their point of view, joining him for a lunch in Buckley’s Training Restaurant. They enjoyed lunch cooked and served by students studying  hospitality and catering at Warrington Collegiate  including apprentices, 18 year old Daniel Whittles from Whitecross and 20 year old Daniel O’Donnell, from Orford, who demonstrated his flambé skills , making Crepe Suzzette for dessert.

Councillor Terry O'Neill demonstrates his plumbing skillsCllr Terry O’Neill, leader of Warrington Borough Council, said,  ‘It’s been a real pleasure visiting Warrington Collegiate today and meeting some of the young people undertaking apprenticeships. Their enthusiasm for the work they are doing is tremendous and the skills and knowledge they are gaining here will be invaluable for their future careers.’

Warrington Collegiate is celebrating National Apprenticeship Week with different events taking place. The final event was tan   Apprenticeship recruitment day for 16-24 year olds interested in apprenticeships on Friday 10th February, from 10-4pm.  Many different employers and college staff were on hand to talk about the opportunities and vacancies available.

The week is a national campaign organised by the National Apprenticeship Service and is on track to be the biggest National Apprenticeship Week to-date, with over 500 events across the country celebrating the countless achievements of learners and employers. The Week has been a tremendous success over the last four years since it began in 2008.

The college has added reason to celebrate its young apprentices as it has 2 national winners in competitions. 19 year old Ashley Terron, from Appleton, won Bronze in the UK SkillBuild finals and is waiting to hear whether he will be selected for Team GB at the WorldSkills Championships in Leipzig, Germany, 2013. After 3 years at Warrington Collegiate Ashley is now studying at the University of Salford for an HNC in Construction and Property Management.

22 year old plumbing apprentice, Kristian Poyner , from Higher Whitley, Warrington won the Heating Engineers, Installers and Plumbers (HIPS) UK Apprentice of the Year 2011 and has now started  his own business.

Warrington Collegiate offer a wide range of construction courses and apprenticeships. For more information contact Learner Services on 01925 494494.

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