Julie Elliott

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Julie visited the Carillion training centre at Deptford today to meet apprentices and present them with awards recognising their achievements.

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The visit was organised as part of National Apprenticeship Week and Julie saw first-hand the training facilities and chat to apprentices and their tutors about their courses.

 

The centre offers apprenticeships in carpentry and joinery, groundworks, bricklaying, and painting and decorating and recruits around 90 new apprentices every year.

 

Julie presented awards to the top performing apprentices. Seventeen-year-old Rhys James from Houghton Le Spring received the Apprentice of the Year accolade. Rhys, who is due to complete his carpentry and joinery course in May 2015, was recognised for his overall attitude and attendance and always being pro-active about his learning.

 

In addition, 18-year-old painting and decorating apprentice Liam Devine was presented with the Most Improved Apprentice. Liam received his award for attendance and his performance on his work placement.

 

Gareth Pugh Carillion Centre Manager said: “We were thrilled to welcome Julie Elliott to the centre and were delighted that she was able to play a part in recognising the achievements of our apprentices by presenting the awards.”

 

Julie said: “Many school leavers today are looking to complete an apprenticeship rather than continue onto higher education, as they can see how gaining an apprenticeship can lead to a skilled, well paid career. Research released last week confirms this by highlighting that graduate apprentices can earn up to £4000 more than their university graduate peers in their first year of work.

 

“I welcome the work Carillion is doing to provide high quality apprenticeships in Sunderland. I have thoroughly enjoyed meeting Carillion’s apprentices today and hearing their enthusiasm and dedication to their apprenticeship courses. I wish them the best of luck in their future careers.”

Carillion Apprentice Training Centre

Julie visited the Carillion training centre at Deptford today to meet apprentices and present them with awards recognising their achievements.

Sunderland Fire Station has been saved from closure after the submission of our 34,000-plus signature petition to Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Authority. 

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Responding to the announcement, Julie said:

“This is brilliant news for Sunderland.  The Fire Authority made a mistake when they decided to close the station but they have done the right thing today by listening to the people of Sunderland and announcing that the station will not shut. 

“Our city has been united in opposition to the station closure and I want to take this opportunity to thank the people of Sunderland for their support.  Our city faces a safer future because of their actions. 

“We are absolutely right to celebrate today’s announcement, however, we must not forget that fire service provision is at risk under this Government.  Since David Cameron came to office, 39 Fire Stations have been shut across the country, there are hundreds fewer fire engines in service and 5,000 firefighters’ jobs have been cut.”

Central Government funding to Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Authority has been cut by 35% since 2010.

'We did it!' - Fire station saved from closure

Sunderland Fire Station has been saved from closure after the submission of our 34,000-plus signature petition to Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Authority. 

More than 30,000 people have now signed the campaign to save Sunderland Central Fire Station from closure.

The campaign petition will be presented on 16th February at the Tyne and Wear Fire Authority meeting to discuss the 2015/16 budget based on the latest financial settlement by the Government.

 

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A march and rally in support of the campaign, organised by Gordon Chalk of the FBU and Sunderland TUC, took place on Saturday 7th February and involved over 200 supporters walking from the station to Market Square in the city centre.

At the rally, Julie said, “Today is about keeping the fire station campaign in the public eye,” she said. “Wherever we have gone in the city, people have supported keeping Sunderland Central Fire Station open. It is crucial to the safety of those who live in our city.

“We need to keep the pressure on the fire authority to make sure it stays open.”


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Hundreds march to save our station

More than 30,000 people have now signed the campaign to save Sunderland Central Fire Station from closure. The campaign petition will be presented on 16th February at the Tyne and...


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