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Liverpool M&E boss seeks apprentice support

THE BOSS of a Liverpool M&E firm plans to join forces with a local college to prevent the poaching of apprentices by bigger firms.

Stephen Hunt, who heads Stephen Hunt Associates, wants other local M&E firms to back a new HND course at Liverpool Community College.

Haden Young already runs one course at the college for 20 apprentices.

Mr Hunt, whose firm employs 10 people, said: 'Over the past 10 years I have found older apprentices are being poached by the bigger players, who are using the money they should spend on training to tempt them away.

'There is this presumption that somebody else is going to do the training. I want other employers to commit to sending people to a new course, so the college can put the resources in for a full-time course.'

Mr Hunt, who sits on the committee of the Chartered Institute of Building Services Engineers, is sending a questionnaire to all consulting engineers and contractors in the region to gauge support for the initiative.

He hopes that with more local skills available, businesses in the region could pick up a greater share of major Liverpool projects such as the £920 million Paradise Street development.