Last Friday I visited the Carillion Construction Training School at Cargo Fleet in Middlesbrough.
I wrote a piece to the media about it and about what will now happen to the apprentices. The piece was sent to media outlets including the Gazette together with a photograph of me at the premises.
I’d gone along to speak to the management to try and learn at first-hand what was happening to the 150 apprentices being trained there. I was and still am exceedingly anxious about the futures of these young people.
I am pursuing fresh lines of enquiry and will speaking further on the subject shortly.
Unfortunately, the staff at Carillion were not allowed to speak to me last Friday. The Gazette duly ran with the story of my visit but included these curious words; ‘He claims he visited the site on Friday only to find he was ‘unable to engage’ with staff’, followed by; ’It seems pretty clear that they are not permitted to speak about the situation, he claimed’.
Just in case there is any doubt, I want to assure those apprentices and all my constituents that I did indeed attend the premises as I described.
I am saddened that our local paper saw fit to cast doubt on my word. I’m at a loss to understand why they would qualify my remarks and very curious as to why they would go to the trouble of publishing a facsimile of the photograph I provided them with but my presence removed.
I want to reassure my constituents that when I said I visited the Carillion premises that I did exactly that despite insinuations to the contrary.
I will continue to try and secure the best possible outcome for our apprentices.