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Monday, 5 October 2009

David Cameron visits Greater Manchester Skill Centre

The day after opening the Conservative Party Conference with a speech that focused on tackling unemployment, Leader of the opposition, David Cameron spent Monday morning at Greater Manchester Chamber's SkillCentre in Trafford Park, meeting the next generation of young apprentices and exploring the facilities.

The Conservative Party leader met with trainees from a range of courses such as engineering, joinery, scaffolding and motor vehicle training. Heather Green, Director of Apprenticeships, Mike Riley SkillCentre Manager and Peter Heginbotham OBE, President of Greater Manchester Chamber were also present to offer a full tour of the centre and a look at some of the practical projects the students have been working on.

Mr Cameron was impressed with the SkillCentre and very interested to hear about how the apprentices were progressing and why they had selected their course. He also met with apprentices that had previously been unemployed and through the centre have now gained their Level 2 Diplomas and are about to start work with local firms.

Heather Green said: "This was a great opportunity to showcase the range of facilities we have here at the SkillCentre and the hard work of our apprentices. The Conservatives have talked about the idea of moving funding for apprenticeships back into the hands of employers and so it was especially important for us to stress the need for specialist facilities like these as a bridge between learning and employment".

The SkillCentre opened in September 2008, the newly built state of the art facility provides vocational education & Apprenticeship programmes for 14-19 year-olds as well as adult and community learning programmes (including Adult Apprenticeships) across a number of trade areas including Automotive, Construction Craft, Construction Mechanical and Light Engineering.

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