Students will dig new training base
THE only training centre in Greater Manchester which offers national apprenticeships in operating construction machinery has just opened a new base in Middleton.
Greater Manchester Construction Training Limited (GMCT Ltd) has moved on to a two-acre plot in Bowlee following an 18-month search for a site.
The company, which works with major names like Russells, Kier and Wates as well as smaller companies, was founded by Brad and Ian Eardley, who between them have more than 20 years’ experience of training construction workers. The duo already have an office in Sudden and wanted to stay in the borough as they expanded their business.
Brad said: “With major projects the new shopping and leisure development in the town centre on the horizon, there’s huge potential for construction in Rochdale.
“GMCT Ltd being located at Bowlee also means local people will be in the best position to receive training and potentially employment because we offer the national apprenticeship and adult learning.
“The only other places where people can receive this type of training are Norfolk and Preston.
“A lot of people left the industry during the recession or were reluctant to enter into it, but now construction is booming and we are building again, particularly in Rochdale, we
TWO police officers, one of them from Middleton, will face trial after denying they were helping deal cocaine.
Adam Jackson and Kerry Reeve, both 35, have been suspended from their roles with the force after being charged with encouraging or assisting in the commission of supplying Class A drugs, namely cocaine, between November 2015 and February 2017.
They both appeared at Manchester Crown Court on Wednesday August 23 and pleaded not guilty to the charge.
Mr Jackson, of Tong Lane, Bacup, also pleaded not guilty to possessing cocaine and methyl amphetamine on February 12, this year.
Ms Reeve, of Barratt Gardens, Middleton, also pleaded not guilty to possession of cocaine and cannabis.
They appeared alongside John Pounder, 30, of Blackburn Road, Ros- need to fill that skills gap.
“The council has helped us make connections with other people in the industry and they found this site for us after a really long search.”
Director Ian Eardley added: “Demand for training is greater than the supply in this industry and salaries can go up to £20 to £25 an hour, depending on the job, so construction is a great career option.”
For details about construction apprenticeships see rochdaleapprenticeships.org
Apprentices are already being trained at the new site in Middleton