COLNE Valley MP Jason McCartney spent a day learning the building trade the practical way to help celebrate National Apprenticeship Week.
The Conservative MP became an “apprentice” for the day with Peter Armitage Ltd, a member company of the Federation of Master Builders.
He joined FMB regional director Phil Parkinson to shadow Peter Armitage’s apprentice Luke Kowalski under the supervision of the company’s director John Armitage.
Jason and Phil got stuck into laying bricks on a training wall at the company’s premises in Milnsbridge.
Said the MP: “It was great to meet Luke, one of the 310 new apprentices in my constituency, and to see his bricklaying skills.
“The apprenticeship scheme makes sense for local businesses and the apprentices themselves.”
Mr Armitage said: “At Peter Armitage Ltd, it’s essential we have the right people with the right skills, which is why we make the effort to train apprentices.
“However given the difficult economic climate, it’s hard to be confident enough to take on new trainees.
“More attractive incentive payments for hiring an apprentice and an exemption from employer National Insurance contributions for all apprentices employed by small businesses would be a big help to companies like us.”