Four young people from Knowsley have been appointed as apprentices to support Wates Construction in the delivery of the new Community Fire and Police Station in Prescot.
Kayleigh Rimmer (27), Dan Bresnahan (19), Paul McGlynn (19) and Thomas Twigg (17) are now on site at the £7m project, honing their skills across a range of trade-based and administrative roles.
The appointments form part of a wider programme of social and economic initiatives being carried out by Wates during construction, all designed to ensure the contractor’s presence in the area enhances local economic development.
Additional initiatives include the creation of a variety of work placement opportunities and the delivery of five educational events plus five community engagement activities.
The joint station is the brainchild of Merseyside Fire and Rescue Authority, Merseyside Police, the Police and Crime Commissioner, Jane Kennedy, and Knowsley Council. The organisations have worked closely in order to deliver a high quality resource for the community.
Site preparation works began in November 2016 with building commencing at the start of the year. It is expected that the station will be fully operational in February 2018.
Dan Bresnahan, Apprentice Quantity Surveyor, said: “What I love about working on this construction site is that once the building is finished I will be able to come away knowing that it’s a project that I took part in. Doing an apprenticeship is great way to get experience hands-on while working on a live job.”
Tony Shenton, Business Unit Director of Wates Construction North West, commented: “It is a privilege to welcome these four talented young people to site. Their appointment underpins our pledge to make a positive impact on society and we will continue to work closely with Knowsley Council to ensure we meet our ambitious social and economic commitments on the project. Meanwhile, construction of the new joint station continues apace as we work efficiently towards an on time, on budget delivery.”
Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service Deputy Chief Fire Officer, Phil Garrigan, said: “The Fire and Rescue Service recognises that Apprenticeship programmes like these offer a way of unlocking talent within our local communities whilst ensuring that we have a workforce equipped with the skills needed for today and tomorrow.
“Apprenticeships don’t just offer young people a pass or a fail; they offer an opportunity, a first step in a career where they will continue to develop, up-skill and train in the future.”
Knowsley’s Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Economic Development, Cllr Graham Morgan said: “I am delighted to see these young people making such a positive start to their careers and being involved in such an impressive development on yet another brownfield site in Knowsley.
“Apprenticeships are a key priority for the council as they provide valuable employment opportunities for young people, helping them to develop skills for their future careers. It is great to have support from Wates Construction to provide these opportunities.”
Merseyside’s Deputy Police Commissioner Cllr Sue Murphy said: “I’m delighted that through this collaboration with Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service we are able to give these four young people from Knowsley the opportunity to learn more about the construction industry, gain new skills and increase their experience.
“When the Police Commissioner, Jane Kennedy, set out her 10-year strategy for improving the Force’s stations, she was clear that, where possible, she wanted to maximise social value, ensuring all the projects benefitted local people. This is a great example of how through this plan we are helping young people in the area and providing facilities that will be an asset to the local community.”
Wates Construction was appointed to build the Prescot Community Fire and Police Station via the North West Construction Hub (NWCH), a procurement body established to save time and money in the delivery of public sector building work in the region.