8 August 2016
A picture of Chester MP visits local maintenance training centre

MP Chris Matheson has visited a Chester training centre to hear about career development opportunities being made available to local people.

Mr Matheson paid a visit to the National Maintenance Training Centre in Chester, managed by Sanctuary Maintenance, which is a dedicated facility where Sanctuary trainees and apprentices can gain valuable qualifications.

The National Maintenance Training Centre

Since its opening in June 2014, the centre has seen nearly 600 operatives qualify in a variety of trades under the direction of experienced Sanctuary trainers. From there, they progress to working on the housing provider’s property portfolio both in the North West and other parts of the UK.

Following a tour of the centre, Mr Matheson watched a group of training operatives taking part in a joinery training session.

“Hands-on experience they require”

MP Chris Matheson said: “Gaining good experience and the right qualifications is vital for career development, particularly in today’s difficult job market. The facilities available to the trainees and apprentices at the centre are fantastic. Being able to carry out work on mock rooms really gives them the hands-on experience they require to develop their skillset. This gives real confidence to Sanctuary tenants, getting people that are really well trained in the job.”

“A place to train our operatives to a high standard”

Ian Harris, Sanctuary Maintenance operations manager added: “We were delighted to welcome Mr Matheson to our hugely successful training centre. As well as providing training and employment opportunities for local people, our priority is to ensure our properties are in good condition. Utilising the centre as a place to train our operatives to a high standard ensures our residents can expect a greater consistency in the quality of the work delivered.”

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