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Workshops offered to Carillion apprentices

Apprentices said they found the workshops helpful. Credit: ITV News Tyne Tees

Hundreds of apprentices on schemes run by the collapsed firm Carillion, have been offered help to find new places.

More than 1500 youngsters have been affected, since the company went into liquidation on Monday.

Today, workshops have been held for those apprentices across the country. Around 300 attended sessions in Middlesbrough, Newcastle and Sunderland.

Carillion Construction Apprenticeships promised pay while you learn, hands on work experience and support for the next steps of your career.

But on Monday their apprentices found themselves uncertain what their next steps would be as the construction giant went into liquidation with around one and a half billion pounds of debt.

Hundreds of apprentices, like 17 year old Jamie Carr from South Shields, were invited to meet with the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB).

Just quite nervous because I've been going into work each day thinking that we're either going to get told to go or told to leave or just like the staff have been worrying as well.

We're all panicking because we want to keep up with the good work and we want to keep our money going, we don't want to be told just to go. And I'm just hoping that CITB are going to do something about it, are going to take us over, or going to give us another opportunity in the construction.

– Jamie Carr

The CITB already supports more than 10,000 apprentices nationwide and it set up a Carillion project team on Monday. Workshops, like this one in Sunderland, have been held around the country.

CITB is the industry training board, we obviously are experienced in working with apprentices, experienced in engaging and contacting industry and we have obviously the resource out in the field and the contacts to try and ensure we get as many of these individuals into employment and back into training as possible.

Our role in this is to support you as much as we can, find out the facts of where you are with your apprenticeship,

– Russel Buckley, area delivery manager

The CITB will now contact employers and colleges to try and find new courses and placements for each person.

We've had a lot of support from colleges and a lot of support from employers as well, which has been really positive, we've had calls coming through offering support, so it has been quite a positive outcome this week.

– Laura Wilson, area delivery manager

The Carillion apprenticeships were mainly in bricklaying, carpentry and joinery - skills the country needs to build new homes.

The work starts now but it's hoped all these apprentices can be helped on with their careers beyond Carillion.