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Skills fair aims to help youngsters into work and training

January 2014


Sharon Benson

Story Homes is taking part in a skills fair which aims to help hundreds of youngsters into training and work, and help businesses tackle a growing skills shortage.

Story Homes, along with Story Contracting and eighty other employers and training organisations are exhibiting at The Sands Centre, Carlisle, at an event hosted by MP John Stevenson.

Mr Stevenson was prompted to organise it after an engineering employers’ forum highlighted a critical skills shortage as the economy recovers.

The Conservative MP said: “The idea is to bring together training providers, employers and those who want to have apprenticeships or seek employment, particularly the young. We are aiming at school pupils who are weighing up their career options, at students, at the young unemployed and those in a job who are looking for something different.”

Sharon Benson, human resources director at Story Contracting and Story Homes, said: “We have ambitious growth plans with contracting set to grow its turnover by 70 per cent over the next three years. Story Homes is set to grow by a staggering 170 per cent.

“To support this growth we have a huge number of career opportunities across a range of roles including administration, finance, engineering and design. We want to demonstrate the Story businesses as an employer of choice and one who has a long-term commitment to the Carlisle region. As we expand into new areas, Carlisle will always remain our headquarters and, as such, we want to secure a pipeline of talent for the future. The Skills Fair is a great opportunity for us to talk about current and upcoming vacancies as well as opportunities for those considering work placements.”

Demand for skilled tradespeople across the construction sector is set to grow strongly. Research released this week by the Construction Industry Training Board suggest that 14,850 construction jobs will be created in the North West in the next five years.

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