Local MP Robin Walker visited the new Travis Perkins branch on McKenzie Way last week to officially open the branch and discuss the importance of apprenticeships in the city.

Robin joined with Travis Perkins’ regional Director Huw Walters and Heart of Worcestershire student and Stepnell Ltd apprentice Daniel Little who won £500 as part of Travis Perkins’ Apprentice of the Year competition. The competition involved local apprentices sending pictures of their projects along with a short description and Daniel’s entry was from his latest carpentry project – an oak veneered door installed with ironmongery.

This is Travis Perkins’ second branch in Worcester alongside the established branch in Venture Business Park on the other side of the city.

Robin, who previously challenged Worcester’s businesses to create 15,000 new apprenticeships by 2020, was delighted to be back in Worcester after a busy week in Westminster and Brussels

“As an Apprentice Champion in Parliament, I believe that apprenticeships offer am incredible opportunity for local businesses to help develop the careers of talented young people here in Worcester and ensuring the workforce of the future has the skills it needs.

I am delighted for Daniel and I thoroughly enjoyed hearing about his project and it is stories like his that show that our city really is open for business. We found out earlier this year that the county will receive an additional £17.5 million from the New Local Growth Fund including the £4 million Further Education Engineering campus in the city centre and I am hopeful that I will hear many more stories like Daniel’s in the future.

Travis Perkins have been instrumental in supporting and supplying Worcester tradesmen I am delighted to see their good work continue.”