Shipbuilding apprenticeships threatened by yard closure

Several hundred apprentices at Merseyside shipyard Cammell
Laird that is facing closure are facing the prospect of having to leave their
jobs without a certificate to their names.

At a works council meeting last week, the fate of the 240
apprentices was discussed by the unions, receivers PriceWaterhouseCoopers and
Cammell Laird management.

One of the options being considered is government funding of
the apprenticeship scheme, said receivers PriceWaterhouse Coopers.

The apprentices, that make up a third of the workforce in
Birkenhead, face the prospect of redundancy before having completed their
four-year apprenticeship.

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