A BUILDING contractor on Wearside has been recognised for introducing apprentices to the world of work.
Hetton-based Sunter Ltd has been given the Apprentices Value Award from Carillion Construction Training for the support the company shows to trainees.
Apprentices from Carillion are able to get placements with firms such as Sunter, so they can gain experience as well as NVQ qualifications.
Sunter employs apprentices of various trades including bricklayers, joiners and plasterers, who then carry out work for housing associations such as Gentoo and Durham Aged Miners Homes.
John Walker, of Sunter Ltd, which has its base in Hetton Lyons Industrial Estate, said: “The feedback we get back on our trainees is always positive.
“We’ve got about half a dozen apprentices with us right now and we’ve been taking them on for a number of years.
“We feel it’s important to employ them because it’s a continuation of the industry and the different trades.
“It’s the second award we have won after last year so we are really pleased about it and even more so because we can use the award as it shows that we invest a lot in our training.”
Brian Appleby, centre manager at Carillion, which is in Deptford, spoke of the importance of firms in Sunderland employing apprentices.
“By employing them you are sustaining the construction industry,” said Mr Appleby, who also encouraged firms to take on apprentices regularly.
“In my opinion, not enough companies are like Sunter in the number of trainees they take on.
“We get a lot of good candidates for jobs coming through our doors who are hard workers.”