Local MP Yvette Cooper visited Ardagh Group in Knottingley to speak to staff about the launch of a new Glass Academy.
The Glass Academy is being delivered by British Glass, the trade group for the industry and will aim to offer staff a range of courses to improve their skills and will look to expand the number of apprentices trained in the Glass Sector in the UK and will develop courses that are targeted specifically at those who want to work in the Glass sector.
Yvette Cooper MP said;
“We really need more apprenticeships for young people, so it’s great to see a local company working with others to develop it’s workforce and take on more apprentices.
“It’s vital for the future of British manufacturing that we have the skills needed in the future to compete with other countries which is why I'm so pleased that Ardagh will be able to take on more apprentices through the Glass Academy.“
Julie Watson, Plant Director at Ardagh said:
“Ardagh has long been a supporter of work based apprentice schemes. We welcome the new Glass Academy initiative and the opportunity for wider industry collaboration on work based training.
“The new Glass Academy will enable us to broaden and strengthen the apprentice schemes which we can offer. “
Dave Dalton, CEO of British Glass, the trade body delivering the initiative, said:
“It is now vital that businesses begin to take the lead in helping Britain fight back and improve our global competitiveness. We must ensure we are doing everything possible to attract the best new talent and help our existing workforce to fully realise their potential. The Glass Academy has been created to ensure we can compete internationally with a workforce that is world class”.