MP praises "fantastic example of teaching people practical skills"

A Derby MP has congratulated Access Training for the building blocks it provides to more than 60 people a week looking for a job in construction. 

MP for Derby North, Amanda Solloway, toured the skills and employability company's construction centre in Derby during National Apprenticeship Week. 

Access Training, co-owned by Futures Housing Group and Nottingham Community Housing Association, offers construction courses for anyone aged 14+ before they step foot on the job ladder. 

Amanda Solloway said: “Access Training is a fantastic example of teaching people practical skills, like construction, and showing them that there is a way into work without university and other alternatives. 

“I love the fact that they take people from all backgrounds, some of them very difficult ones, and show them how to develop as individuals and make themselves more employable.” 

During the visit the MP met apprentices and students and saw the hands-on training on offer at the centre in Derwent Park, Derby. 

Corrina Hembury, Managing Director of Access Training, said: “We were delighted to welcome Amanda Solloway to the centre to demonstrate what we offer and how we’re supporting people across the region to realise their potential.” 

Access works with 800 apprentices each year across the East Midlands, covering courses in construction, administration, customer service, child care and animal care. 

Each month Access promotes between 12 and 20 apprenticeships and is currently supporting 452 individuals to complete the training alongside their jobs. 

More than 80 per cent of students achieve their qualifications and move onto employment or further study. 

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