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Posted By Apprenticeships Directory on 23/01/2018 in Apprenticeship Sector News Stories

It looked bleak for these Carillion apprentices, until Teesside firm saved their jobs

It looked bleak for these Carillion apprentices, until Teesside firm saved their jobs

This time last week, things looked very bleak for these six young Carillion apprentices - until a Teesside firm stepped in and saved their jobs.

After hearing about the construction giant’s collapse last Monday, family-run firm ERW Joinery told the group of lads “no matter what happens, your future training is secure with us”.

Three were already midway through their training; while the others were due to start at ERW when they were told about Carillion’s liquidation - a move that effectively threw their contracts on the scrapheap.

Phil Tye, ERW’s operations manager said: “Immediately after the announcement from Carillion we held a meeting with our current apprentices and we have made a commitment to them that regardless of the position with Carillion, we will secure their future training and employment with ERW.”

The Skippers Lane firm says it has a “long term commitment” to all its staff including its young apprentices.

Its head of design and issuing, Jamie Dixon, was himself an apprentice when he started with the company and is now an “integral” part of the business.

“We realise as a business, where a lot of the expertise and crafts skills are among the older workforce, we must invest in the younger generation for the traditional trade’s like ours to continue to survive.”

ERW has been established since 1979, and provides bespoke timber frame windows and doors to homes and businesses across the North.

Up to 1,400 apprentices could be caught up in the collapse of Carillion, it’s been reported, while 19,500 workers across the UK are facing an uncertain future because of the liquidation.




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This time last week, things looked very bleak for these six young Carillion apprentices - until a Teesside firm stepped in and saved their jobs.

After hearing about the construction giant’s collapse last Monday, family-run firm ERW Joinery told the group of lads “no matter what happens, your future training is secure with us”.

Three were already midway through their training; while the others were due to start at ERW when they were told about Carillion’s liquidation - a move that effectively threw their contracts on the scrapheap.

Phil Tye, ERW’s operations manager said: “Immediately after the announcement from Carillion we held a meeting with our current apprentices and we have made a commitment to them that regardless of the position with Carillion, we will secure their future training and employment with ERW.”

The Skippers Lane firm says it has a “long term commitment” to all its staff including its young apprentices.

Its head of design and issuing, Jamie Dixon, was himself an apprentice when he started with the company and is now an “integral” part of the business.

Family-run firm ERW Joinery told the group of lads 'no matter what happens, your future training is secure with us'
Family-run firm ERW Joinery told the group of lads 'no matter what happens, your future training is secure with us'

Phil added: “Even after the news breaking of Carillion on Monday we went ahead and interviewed a number of apprentices as we had previously planned, and we have since appointed three new apprentice’s into roles within our business.

“We are keen to invest in the younger generation with a view of them going into full time employment within the business once they have completed their qualifications.

“It’s an uncertain and sad time for many young people in Teesside, and we will be doing what we can to support the younger generation in skilled trades like ours.


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