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London ,
14
March
2013

Circle Housing Group launches new training centre for National Apprenticeship Week

Summary

Merton Training and Employement Centre will be officially opened by Merton Council Leader Stephen Alambritis on Friday 

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The Merton Training and Employment Centre (MTEC) is to officially launch as part of National Apprenticeship Week (11th – 15th March).

More than 50 trainees have already enrolled at MTEC after it was set up by Merton Priory Homes, part of Circle Housing Group, to provide free training and a jobs match service for the construction industry.

It will be officially opened by Merton Council Leader Stephen Alambritis on Friday (15th March) as part of an event to recruit new trainees and encourage more local employers to utilise MTEC’s growing database of apprentices.

Matthew Marrow from Morden is one of 34 people who have gained a City and Guilds Level 1 qualification in construction trade skills as result of MTEC. He said: “I used to be a professional chef but have always wanted to work in construction. I was just looking for the right opportunity to begin building up my skills and training.

“MTEC is a brilliant start for people that are unemployed and interested in the construction game. We’re working together to learn so many different skills and the course leaders have been fantastic. I’m really optimistic about the job prospects that will lead on from this course.”

Trainees at MTEC can build up vital skills including carpentry, dry lining, painting and decorating and plastering and finding job local job opportunities. The course leads towards a City and Guilds Level 1 qualification in construction trade skills and a Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) card which qualifies participants to work on building sites.

Wayne Hainsworth, Managing Director at Merton Priory Homes said: “Thanks to generous funding from Merton Council, MTEC is giving unemployed people in Merton the chance to get ahead in the construction industry by giving them the support to get the skills, qualifications and jobs they need.”

“By officially launching the centre during National Apprenticeship Week, we want to show employers across South West London that MTEC is open for business and available as a great resource to recruit new construction apprentices to their businesses.

Merton Priory Homes is based at 21 Lombard, South Wimbledon, SW19 3TZ..

Contact Merton Priory Homes on 0300 500 3000 or mtec@circle.org.uk for more information.