Julie Elliott MP

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The Sunderland Echo’s Hold Fire campaign to Save Sunderland Central Fire Station is up for a national newspaper award.  The award will be given to the campaign which has received the most online votes by 17 May.  Without the Echo’s excellent coverage and the support from people across Sunderland, it is very possible that the station would be closing in the next few months.

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Julie said:

"Local newspapers have a unique place at the heart of their communities and the Echo enjoys a very special connection with the people of Sunderland.

"The Hold Fire campaign is a perfect example of the good things that can be accomplished when a newspaper, its readers and the wider community come together.

"The support of the Echo was invaluable in getting word out about the campaign and galvanising support.

"Its coverage ensured the campaign remained in the public eye and helped us to maintain the pressure on those with the power to reverse what would have been a disastrous decision for the City of Sunderland.

"I am delighted to support the Echo in the Local Newspaper Week Making a Difference award."

Please click here to vote for the Echo.

Campaign to Save Sunderland Fire Station up for national award

The Sunderland Echo’s Hold Fire campaign to Save Sunderland Central Fire Station is up for a national newspaper award.  The award will be given to the campaign which has received...

Julie was last night re-elected to serve as Member of Parliament for Sunderland Central with an increased majority.

Responding to the result, Julie said:

"I would like to thank the people of Sunderland Central for putting their faith in me.  It is a huge privilege to represent my home city and I promise to go on putting Sunderland at the heart of all I do." 

Thank you for putting your faith in me

Julie was last night re-elected to serve as Member of Parliament for Sunderland Central with an increased majority.

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.


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