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A new construction trainee initiative combining work on site with study at college has been launched by labour-only subcontractor McGinley.Companies including Amec, Balfour Beatty and Wimpey are participating in the scheme. But some major firms have been slow to endorse it.Managing director Dermot McGinley said that, although many firms had expressed interest in the scheme, some 'were unable to participate for one reason or another'.He added: 'Many companies throughout the construction industry preach about their concerns and their involvement in training, but when it comes to actually involving themselves they hesitate and stumble at the first fence.'The 52-week course provides a broad grounding in various site skills and will lead to an NVQ2 qualification. CONSTRUCTION NEWS