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Merseyside businesses join forces to inspire apprenticeships

Apprentice open day at Knowsley’s INS-pire Academy attracts interest
The open day at Knowsley’s INS-pire Academy
The open day at Knowsley’s INS-pire Academy

Fire restoration specialist The Forshaw Group (TFG) was one of several businesses supporting an apprentice open day at the INS-pire Academy in Knowsley, Merseyside, in the spring.

This was TFG’s second such event but its first to be held in person since the start of the pandemic.

A number of local employers met up with 22 youngsters from All Saints Catholic High School who have expressed an interest in pursuing apprenticeships in the construction sector, to explain opportunities, demonstrate skills and and set expectations for future roles.

TFG’s Mike Dryhurst, the first apprentice to join the national INS-pire Academy in 2014, shared his story and training achievements.

All Saints headmaster Tony McGuinness highlighted the importance of businesses working with each other and local schools to secure employment opportunities for the skills required for the future.

TFG managing director Liam Hanlon MCIOB said ‘We are proud to support the brilliant work being done by all involved towards the values and virtues that we believe in for the future of our businesses, industry and wider community. The INS-pire open day showed a lot of interest, energy and emotion with what we are achieving.”

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