Rachel Reeves

Member of Parliament for Leeds West

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Building Careers: Rachel meets Apprentices


On Friday, Rachel met apprentices at the Leeds College of Building to celebrate National Apprentice Week. As well as trying her hand at welding, she learned what CCATF (Cross-Industry Construction Apprenticeship Task Force) is doing to champion the cause of young trainees in the construction industry and to encourage firms to take on more apprentices. 

She also discussed apprenticeships with members of the Federation of Master Builders (FMB), the UK’s largest trade association in the building industry, which defends the interests of construction firms big and small. The Leeds College of Building, meanwhile, is the only specialist further and higher education construction college in the UK.

Rachel said, ‘It was a privilege to meet such enthusiastic apprentices and a pleasure to discover how much CCATF and FMB are doing to open up new opportunities in the construction industry.

In today’s competitive market place, it is vital that we give young people a platform on which they can build a career in construction or, indeed, any other industry. If young people have done an apprenticeship, they are much more likely to find full-time work.

Apprenticeships also represent good value for money for employers. Investing in apprentices might cost time and money in the short term but it pays off in the long run in the form of skilled, ambitious and loyal staff.’

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