New chances for Louth pupils

Patrick Daley, Principal, with Nigel and Elaine Bonnett of Manby Motors EMN-150424-133229001
Patrick Daley, Principal, with Nigel and Elaine Bonnett of Manby Motors EMN-150424-133229001

New opportunities for young people in Louth were the focus of an Apprenticeship Awareness Evening held at Cordeaux Academy last week.

It showcased the new apprenticeships available at the school and was attended by prospective parliamentary candidates for Louth and Horncastle, Victoria Atkins, Matthew Brown and Daniel Simpson, governors, local business and staff and students at the academy.

Cordeaux Academy Governors, Sandie Wilkinson, Graham Bell and Claire Mansey EMN-150424-133252001

Cordeaux Academy Governors, Sandie Wilkinson, Graham Bell and Claire Mansey EMN-150424-133252001

In the run up to the election the major political parties are promising to provide a substantial number of apprenticeships to young people. Candidates were challenged to ensure that they work hard to lobby the next government to keep this promise.

The purpose of the evening was to highlight the opportunities that the Academy can offer in terms of becoming a local training provider for the implementation and delivery of apprenticeships. Currently young people in Louth have to travel to Grimsby, Lincoln, Boston or Horncastle to find a training provider.

The Academy is initially looking to offer apprenticeships in construction, planning and the built environment; engineering and manufacturing technologies; with potential opportunities in leisure, travel and tourism.

The evening was a success and, for students supporting the evening, a number of companies expressed an interest in taking on an apprentice.

Cordeaux student, Rob Blades with Geoff Middleton of Work-Based Learning Academy, Lincolnshire. EMN-150424-133241001

Cordeaux student, Rob Blades with Geoff Middleton of Work-Based Learning Academy, Lincolnshire. EMN-150424-133241001

Assistant Vice Principal, Dave Gates, who coordinated the evening, said: “We are extremely grateful to those who attended the evening.

“We gained a great deal in terms of next steps and I know that visitors left impressed by our facilities, what we can offer and how we can work in partnership for the good of the young people of Louth.

“At the end of the evening we had 10 offers of potential apprenticeships which provides us with a great foundation on which to build.

“If you are a local employer and have not considered taking on an apprentice and may wish to in the near future I would urge you to contact us at the Academy on 01507 606555 or dgates@cordeauxacademy.org.

“It is only through the business community supporting this and working alongside us that we can make this a success for the benefit of Louth and the area”.