A project creating a new transport link has been praised for helping get more young people into work.
Morpeth Northern Bypass, being constructed by Carillion in partnership with Northumberland County Council, received the backing of Julie Elliott MP during a recent visit to the £31million project.
Ms Elliott was attending as part of her placement with Industry and Parliament Trust, and saw an overview of the scheme that is helping more young people explore the opportunities offered in engineering and construction.
She was joined by council leader Coun Grant Davey, deputy leader Coun David Ledger, and Coun Ian Swithenbank, portfolio holder for Streetcare and Environment.
They received an insight into the world of civil engineering from the desktop to diggers, including the apprenticeship programme.
Ms Elliott, MP for Sunderland Central, said: “It was really fascinating to see what goes on around site and, perhaps more so, what goes on behind the scenes.
“I’m particularly impressed by the apprenticeship scheme in place here.
“I had the chance to meet and speak with five very talented young apprentices who I know will have very strong careers ahead of them in the industry, and who are clearly enjoying the chance to be able to learn in a hands-on way as well as in the classroom – they’re a great example of the value of apprenticeships.”
Dave Bennett, Carillion project director, said: “Ms Elliott’s visit proved to be a great day for everyone involved.”
“Not only did Ms Elliott and the councillors get to see how projects like these work, but we got to speak about all the great things we’re doing – from protecting local ecology to working with the best tech to get the job done efficiently, and from supporting our local community to building careers.”
The Morpeth Northern Bypass project is set to be completed in Spring 2017, with the 3.8km long road connecting the A1 to Ashington and Blyth.