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Percy Pulls the Plug on national skills shortage

- 1 March 2010

Country and Town Limited, Cheshire based property maintenance services, has come up with a unique way of attracting young people into the construction industry via apprenticeships. The company, which specialises in plumbing and electrical contracts, has published Percy Pulls the Plug, a light hearted book, aimed at older children and created to raise the profile of modern apprenticeships amongst youngsters.

The book follows the every day exploits of Percy Pipe, a young trainee plumber, as he begins his apprenticeship. While the book is intended for children and is written entertainingly and appropriately, it gives an accurate insight into the day to day life of an apprentice. Country and Town Limited hopes that Percy Pulls the Plug will get young people thinking about apprenticeships at an early age, when they are first considering options and career choices, rather than leaving it until too late.

Operating across Cheshire and Greater Manchester on projects including residential and commercial properties, Country and Town Limited recognises the demand for high quality, competent trade professionals in the construction industry. However, the lack of young people coming into trades today is resulting in a marked skills shortage that the company believes can only spell bad news for the client and contractor alike and sees a real need for young people to be educated and informed at an early age of the existence and benefit of apprenticeships.

Chris Tomlinson, director at Country and Town Limited, commented:

“We have had great fun with this book but it came about as a result of very serious issues. There is a highly trained and experienced team currently working for Country and Town Limited and we are keen to ensure that this same level of competence can be sustained in years to come. Without an influx of young people into the training system, we are in danger of finding ourselves without the skills to offer clients an accurate, safe and effective job. We hope that Percy Pulls the Plug will plant the seed in young minds that can grow into a successful construction career and a successful construction industry.”

Following very positive feedback from discussions with both young people and adults, a sequel has already been planned and introduces Victor Voltage, a novice electrician who, like Percy, is embarking on an apprenticeship. A competition currently running through local schools will produce the storyline for this new book.Once the reader has finished Percy Pulls the Plug and the upcoming sequel,they can continue to learn more about apprenticeships and the pursuits of the characters online at Percy Pipe and Victor Voltage’s Facebook and Twitter pages and their Blogger blog

Percy Pulls the Plug will be launched in Waterstone’s Altrincham store on April 24thalong with a variety of events and activities including an opportunity for young people and their parents to talk to a range of professionals involved in plumbing, electrical contracting and apprenticeships. Percy Pulls the Plug is available from For more information on Country and Town Limited, please visit

For more information on Country and Town Limited, please contact
Chris Tomlinson, Director, Country and Town Limited, Downs Court, 29 The Downs, Altrincham, Cheshire, WA14 2QD Tel 0161 941 5577 Email: