A Bulwell firm welcomed a special visitor this week when the Prime Minister dropped by for a chat.
David Cameron visited J Wright Roofing headquarters on Dabell Avenue during his visit to the region on Monday and also took a tour of the East Midlands Roofing College around the corner.
After hearing of the success of the college, which was set up by company managing director, Jason Wright, Mr Cameron stopped by to find out more and discuss how apprentices are shaping the future of businesses in the UK.
“We were asked if we were willing to accept a visit from a senior member of the cabinet but wasn’t told initially it would be the Prime Minister,” said company office manager, Julie Walters.
J Wright Roofing was formed in 2000 and the college followed in 2011.
“We used to have to send our roofing apprentices to Birmingham on block release courses to receive their training,” explains Julie.
“So Jason, together with his wife and company secretary, Jane, decided to set up the college which allows our trainees to receive training on a day release scheme as well as train apprentices from other companies.”
The visit from the Conservative leader as the election campaign gets underway, certainly caused a storm at the Bulwell firm.
“Mr Cameron visited both sites and chatted to Jason and Jane as well as other staff and apprentices,” added Julie. “It was very exciting and wonderful that the efforts of Jason have been recognised.
“He showed a lot of interest in the business and college and was very chatty putting everyone at ease.”
The firm currently employs 10 apprentices at the moment, one of which gave Mr Cameron a quick lesson in tiling at the Bennerley Court college.
Lynden Blackwood taught Mr Cameron the basics of roofing by fixing tiles to the college’s rigs which are set up to train apprentices.
He spent 15 minutes at each site as part of his visit to the East Midlands which also included a visit to Medi City in Nottingham.
This is the second visit by party leaders within a week to the Dispatch district following on from Ed Miliband’s stop-over in Hucknall last week where he held an open session with residents and representatives from across the community at the John Godber Centre.