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Apprenticeship success in Knowsley

by Lisa Bennett

Knowsley Council is supporting National Apprenticeship Week (5-9 March 2018) by celebrating apprenticeships and the positive impact they have on individuals, businesses and the wider economy.

Since 2008, the successful Knowsley Apprentice programme has helped 1,126 young people into apprenticeships with organisations across Knowsley and the wider Liverpool City Region.

Many apprentices have been offered permanent positions at the end of their placements or secured employment with other organisations.

Based on Knowsley Business Park, Machmade Ltd is a plumbing, heating and drainage company that has recruited seven apprentices through the Knowsley Apprentice programme with another three due to start by June.

Phil Allen, General Manager at Machmade said:

“We are extremely proud of our commitment to grow our business through the apprenticeship route, we recognise the benefits the scheme brings to our business, the local community and the apprentices themselves.

Through the apprenticeship program we can develop, train and mould our apprentices into fully qualified Plumbers, Drainage Engineers, Office Administrators/Accountants and heating specialists, skills they will carry with them throughout their working lives.”

Machmade Ltd. was named a winner at the regional final of the 2017 National Apprenticeships Awards and a Top 100 Apprenticeship Employer.

Cllr Andy Moorhead, Leader of Knowsley Council said:

“National Apprenticeship Week is a perfect time to recognise and celebrate the positive impact that apprenticeships have on young people and organisations in Knowsley.


Apprenticeships are a priority for the council as they provide valuable employment opportunities for young people, helping them to develop skills for their future careers. I am delighted that businesses like Machmade realise the benefits apprentices can bring to their organisations and continue to provide young people with the opportunities they need to get into work and to learn the skills of a trade.”


Benefits of a becoming a Knowsley Apprentice

  • A work placement offering training to NVQ level 3 while earning a wage.
  • The National Minimum Wage for your age (£7.50 aged 25 and over, £7.05  aged 21-24, £5.60 aged 18-20, £4.05 aged 16-17).
  •  A mentor to call on for support in addition to a personalised support package.
  • The opportunity to secure to a permanent job at the end of the placement.

If you are interested in becoming a Knowsley Apprentice, please email theknowsleyapprentice@knowsley.gov.uk with your name, address, email, phone number, date of birth and what type of apprenticeship you are looking for and you will be added to the mailing list for any future vacancies

Benefits to business

Have you thought about employing an apprentice and the benefits they can bring to your business?

Full recruitment support is available to help you find the right apprentice for your company. If you’re interested in recruiting an apprentice, call the team 0151 443 5953 or email theknowsleyapprentice@knowsley.gov.uk.