Employer opens new centre to offer apprenticeships

Apprentices Academy opens at RPC Containers, Oakham - Oakham apprentice Joe McDonald, 16, shows Alan Duncan MP some of his toolmaking skills'Photo: MSMP131213-014js
Apprentices Academy opens at RPC Containers, Oakham - Oakham apprentice Joe McDonald, 16, shows Alan Duncan MP some of his toolmaking skills'Photo: MSMP131213-014js
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One of Rutland’s largest employers has opened a new centre to offer teenagers old “fashioned apprenticeships” for the modern workforce.

On Friday Rutland and Melton MP Alan Duncan (Con) officially opened the new Apprentice Academy at RPC Containers in Oakham.

The academy will provide up to eight apprenticeship places each year, specialising in mechanical, electrical or polymer disciplines.

Apprentices initially learn practical skills before undertaking an advanced three year apprenticeship.

On Friday International Development Minister Mr Duncan said: “It is great to open this facility. It is really good that people studying and living locally can get local jobs and the skills to go and work them.

“To these students who can come and learn a skill, from the region, from a local company in a way that will equip them for life is, I think, is a great thing because as you quite rightly said our skills base needs refreshing.

“This is a great scheme and these apprentices have got a great future ahead of them.”

Mr Duncan unveiled a plaque to commemorate the official opening of the centre, in the former archive rooms.

A group of six apprentices started their training in September this year.

Apprentice Joe McDonald, 16, from Oakham, said: “It is brilliant, there is a lot of variety to it.

Joe, who studied at Catmose College said: “I was always looking for some hands-on work with an engineering company and it sounded like a fantastic opportunity. Earning and learning is brilliant.”