Business boss visits Downing Street in bid to boost youth employment

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A BUSINESS boss from South Tyneside found himself in Downing Street in a bid to boost employment prospects for young people.

Scott Louis, project manager at award-winning specialist electrical and mechanical contractors Opus Building Services, has been appointed to a key role in developing one of the Government’s flagship apprenticeship schemes.

Mr Louis has been appointed deputy chairman of the Government’s Trailblazer group, which is looking to introduce degree level apprenticeships in management and leadership.

He has been leading his company’s discussions on the Trailblazer scheme for several months and attended a top-level meeting at the Prime Minister’s official residence, hosted hosted by Lord Young of Graffham, David Cameron’s Enterprise Adviser.

The influential group includes senior representation from household names such as Sainsburys, Virgin Media, Boots, the BBC and the Co-op.

Mr Louis, 36, who has been with Opus for eight years, said: “It’s an honour for me and the company. We represent small and medium- sized enterprises on the group and Opus is really passionate about the scheme. We believe it will work really well and has the potential to transform the careers of many who otherwise wouldn’t get the opportunity to advance.

“The scheme will be up and running from September. Extending the Trailblazer scheme to include management will put far more young people on track to professional management careers. The Downing Street meeting with Lord Young was a key meeting

“We practice what we preach and are in the process of taking on four mnore apprecntices for 2015. Continuous training and upsklling our people is a core and long-term strategy to Opus, and this is a prime opportunity to upskill our own potential managers and leaders on this pioneering scheme when it is up and running.”

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