Market Place, Bolton has announced the recruitment of their first apprentice from Bolton College.
Ryley Walton has joined the team to work as an apprentice maintenance electrician within the busy town centre shopping and leisure destination.
During his apprenticeship, Ryley is working closely with two on-site engineers to learn his trade and develop his skills in a real workplace environment. He is being supported by the senior management team at ICH who are Market Place’s electrical services provider.
Ryley also has the full support of Bolton College including his tutor and the Centre Management Team at Market Place, to provide comprehensive insight into the electrical demands of the shopping centre.
In addition to learning skills to complement his course curriculum, Ryley also has the opportunity to extend his skill set with additional training on areas such as legionella awareness, fire door inspections, PAT Testing, Health and Safety training and MEWP training, which will give him the ability to work from aerial platforms.
Ryley has settled on a career in the electrical industry after working with his father as a labourer and picking up basic skills, which was followed by a two week enrichment programme at Bolton College to confirm his decision.
Market Place’s decision to recruit an apprentice such as Ryley has been justified by the obvious mutual benefits of the scheme – the apprentice getting a wealth of workplace experience in a paid position, while the centre gains a local employee with the drive and enthusiasm to succeed. It is a great way for such a centre to give something back to the community. The Government is set to promote apprenticeships heavily in 2019, so Market Place is staying ahead of the predicted trend in employing their apprentice now.
Kate Wallace, Bolton College’s Director of Apprenticeships said: “Our Apprenticeships Team have an excellent relationship with employers throughout the North West, and we were delighted to work alongside both Paul Gardiner from ICH and Malcolm Berry from Market Place to provide the perfect apprentice for the position. The region’s biggest and brightest companies recognise the value of apprentices – not only are they a cost-effective way to grow a workforce, they bring enthusiasm, energy and fresh ideas to a business. We’re sure Ryley will be a huge success at ICH, and I’d like to thank both ICH and Market Place Bolton for giving Ryley this opportunity.”
Nikki Wilson-Cook, Centre Manager, Market Place added: “We’re thrilled to welcome local lad Ryley to the Market Place team. We are sure he will gain a wealth of experience here – there is always a new job around every corner with technical and logistical challenges that will open his eyes to the demands of the job in a real life scenario. We welcome his fresh ideas and new perspective, to keep our existing team on their toes!”