Firm helps build a future for workers

Apprentices taken on by Tyson's Construction as part of Blackpool Council's scheme to create an extra 100 apprenticeships in 100 days.  L-R Sean Cox (joiner), Connor Hammond (bricklayer), Paul Whelan (Managing Director) Patrick Dialimas (joiner) Jamie McDonald (bricklayer)

Apprentices taken on by Tyson's Construction as part of Blackpool Council's scheme to create an extra 100 apprenticeships in 100 days. L-R Sean Cox (joiner), Connor Hammond (bricklayer), Paul Whelan (Managing Director) Patrick Dialimas (joiner) Jamie McDonald (bricklayer)

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A construction firm has lent its support to a scheme to increase the number of apprenticeships in Blackpool.

Tyson’s Construction, on Mitcham Road, is the latest company to get behind the scheme to create 100 extra apprenticeships in 100 days.

Blackpool Council has joined forces with the National Apprenticeship Service to create new opportunities for people in the area.

Tyson’s Construction, which has a long record of taking on apprentices, has just taken on another four new trainees.

The positions offer bricklayers and joiners to learn their craft while earning a wage and have gone to local lads Sean Cox, Connor Hammond, Patrick Dialimas and Jamie McDonald.

Contracts director at the firm, Andrew Brumwell, said: “Apprenticeship opportunities provide the workforce of tomorrow and are crucial to securing the long-term prospects of our industry.”

The apprenticeships campaign in Blackpool, which has the support of The Gazette, will run until November 8.

Tyson’s Construction now has eight apprentices working at the company.

Since it was formed in 1949, Tyson’s Construction has hired more than 100 apprentices.

Seven of the current site managers and two of the company’s directors started off their careers as apprentices at the company.

Mr Brumwell added: “Apart from the obvious benefit of being able to instil the company ethos right from the start of an apprentice’s working life, the mentoring process that we adopt provokes a mutually trustful and rewarding employer-employee relationship.

“As a consequence of the apprentice programme, our productive workforce now has an extremely diverse age range, culminating in a valuable blend of youthful enthusiasm and the carefully considered approach to many aspects that only comes with experience.”

Employers looking to find out more about taking on apprentice can email apprenticeships@blackpool.gov.uk or call 07776 498581.

Young people wanting to find out more about applying for an apprenticeship can visit Blackpool Council’s Connexions office on Market Street or call 01253 754840.

More information about apprenticeships is available from the National Apprenticeship Service by calling 08000 150 600.