Firms celebrate the role of apprentices

Julia Ludolf and Emma Clappison at CB Solutions in Lissett
Julia Ludolf and Emma Clappison at CB Solutions in Lissett

A Bridlington business which has been one of the area’s biggest supporters of apprentices has urged other firms to follow their lead.

This week is National Apprenticeship Week and David Jackson, founder and chairman for Hudson Contract, wants more companies to support young talent on the Yorkshire Coast.

He said: “At Hudson Contract, we are also calling on firms across the country to establish an Apprentice Sponsorship Scheme like our own.

“We offer 12 months’ financial support to employers to help them take on an apprentice, paying 50% of each apprentice’s wage for the first year of their training.

“The scheme is really simple – and it has to be, to ensure there’s plenty of take-up in an area where only a handful of construction firms have more than five employees.”

He added: “Apprenticeships are crucial to enticing new talent into the industry because they provide the perfect environment for people to kick-start their careers.

“The combination of practical guidance and on-the-job training from employers and the skills learned at college, give apprentices a solid foundation for working in the trades.

Another company which has seen the benefits of apprentices is CB Solutions at Lissett.

Emma Clappison, aged 19, started work as a receptionist there in January 2016 and was honoured in the annual awards at East Riding College yesterday for her excellent progress and positive attitude.

Julia Ludolf, CB Solutions’ company secretary said: “We’re very happy with Emma, she’s really changed, developed, and come out of her shell.

“Employers have to support young people. You can’t just expect 16-year-olds to come out of school and know how everything works.

“As a parent, I would seriously consider the apprentice route for my child.”