Stu­dents will dig new train­ing base

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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

Kerry Reeve

Ap­pren­tices are al­ready be­ing trained at the new site in Mid­dle­ton

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