Pastures new for apprentice Dan, 19

From left: Josh Brown, Matthew Higgs, Sam Lawless and Dan Robinson.
From left: Josh Brown, Matthew Higgs, Sam Lawless and Dan Robinson.

An Ashington teenager who has been helping with a major infrastructure development in Northumberland is heading off to a new project.

Dan Robinson, 19, was recruited as a raw apprentice when Carillion started work on the Morpeth Northern Bypass in 2015.

With work on the new route set to be completed for spring 2017, technical apprentice Dan is being deployed to work on a huge infrastructure project on the outskirts of Manchester for much of 2018.

He said: “Leaving the bypass certainly gives me mixed emotions – I’m sad because I’ve enjoyed every minute working here, but incredibly proud to have played a small part in delivering such an important project for Morpeth, Northumberland and the whole of the North East.”

Dan will be joined in Manchester by three other apprentices – Sam Lawless, from Alnwick; Josh Brown, from Widdrington; and Matthew Higgs, from Gateshead – who also worked on the Northern Bypass.

The quartet were recruited following an event held in Morpeth Town Hall, where young people were invited by Carillion to take part in a series of exercises and tasks to test their problem-solving abilities and skill levels.

The lucky four beat off competition from 40 other hopefuls to win the coveted roles at Carillion, one of the UK’s largest construction businesses.

Project manager, Scott Beattie, wished the team well and said they displayed a keenness and willingness to learn on the bypass scheme.