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MP tables motion calling for more construction apprentices

A former apprentice turned MP for Blaydon, near Newcastle-upon-Tyne, has tabled an early day motion in the House of Commons calling for more construction apprenticeships.

Labour MP Dave Anderson has called for more construction apprenticeships to help create new jobs in the construction industry, a call that has been warmly welcomed by the Federation of Master Builders.

Mr Anderson tabled the ‘Early Day Motion’ the three his weight behind the Cross-Industry Construction Apprenticeship Task Force which is calling on the Government to do all it can to train young people in the construction industry.

Mr Anderson said: “Apprenticeships can change the lives of young people, giving them access to careers in construction when other industries are declining.

“As a former apprentice I know how important these qualifications are and support the work the Cross-Industry Construction Apprenticeship Task Force is doing not only to keep training alive during this recession but also give them a real boost that should be sustained going forward.”

Chairman of the Cross-Industry Construction Apprenticeship Task Force Geoff Lister said: “I am pleased that our work has the support of politicians such as Dave Anderson as it is very important that we continue to get our message across by whatever means available to us if we are to ensure sustainable training in the construction industry.”