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Apprentices secure full-time jobs with Merseylink

Two local apprentices have secured full-time jobs with Merseylink after spending a year working on Halton’s bridge project.

Lyndsey Carlile of Appleton, Widnes, and Rebecca Cooke of Castlefields, Runcorn, will work on the Mersey Gateway Project after completing paid apprenticeships with the construction consortium which began in September 2014.

Carlile has been employed as a data input clerk, and Rebecca has been taken on as an administrator for the group as duties during the apprenticeship involved general enquiries, looking after visitors, managing meeting room diaries and filing documents.

Carlile says: “The apprenticeship has been a fantastic experience and I’ve learnt a lot of new skills. The best thing about it is that it’s given me the opportunity to get a job after being out of work for so long. I’m ecstatic!”

Cooke adds: “I feel truly happy in this job. Every day is different and everyone is really nice and supportive. My confidence has gone right up. I worked in retail before so it’s a total career change for me but definitely one for the better.”

Merseylink, together with and its subcontractors, have taken on 18 apprentices in administration, accountancy, IT, general construction, quantity surveying and steel fixing during the three-and-a-half year project.

Neil Wilcock, employment and skills coordinator at Merseylink, says: “Our apprenticeship scheme is enabling us to create employment opportunities for local people and to develop our workforce.

“Lyndsey and Becky have worked extremely hard since joining us last year. Congratulations to them both for completing their training and securing jobs on the project.”

Councillor Rob Polhill, leader of Halton Borough Council and chair of the Mersey Gateway crossings board, comments: “This project has always been about more than just a bridge. The Mersey Gateway has aimed right from the beginning to create employment and training opportunities for local people and the fantastic success of Lyndsey and Rebecca is one of many great examples of this.

“Even more jobs, apprenticeships and training opportunities will be created as construction continues and I would encourage local people to get in touch with Merseylink to find out more.”

For more information about the training and employment opportunities available, email opportunities@merseylink.com