The Prime Minister, David Cameron, was in the Black Country on 31 October, when he visited the head office of Carillion, the Wolverhampton-based integrated support services company where he met with apprentices.
Carillion is the largest single employer of construction apprentices in the UK, training around 10 per cent of the sector's apprentices through a national network of training centres.
Whilst in Wolverhampton, Mr Cameron announced Carillion's latest contract success - a £70 million project to upgrade the M6 between J10a and J13, which will increase capacity by improving traffic flow and relieving congestion.
Mr Cameron said, "It is great to be here and hugely welcome to see the work that Carillion does. You are doing some inspiring things, such as building new schools and hospitals and are at the forefront with the work you do with apprentices."
The Black Country LEP congratulates Carillion for investing in a new generation of skilled staff to work on infrastructure projects.
The LEP is committed to helping Black Country companies train more young people through schemes like the Black Country Skills Factory apprentice wage subsidy for High Value Manufacturing companies taking on engineering apprentices.
Subsidies of up to £1,500 are offered to SME companies that have not taken on an engineering apprentice in the past 12 months, and are in addition to existing government grants.
For more information, visit the Black Country Skills Factory website.