Apprentices dig in to help Northumberland schools

A group of apprentices have been digging in to help improve school grounds.

Friday, 24th March 2017, 11:00 am
Shane Harris, Tony Mitchinson, Callumn Bremner, Sean Wrightson, Michael Bourne and Rob McGregor build a poly tunnel at Collingwood School in Morpeth.

Apprentices from the Bernicia Group spent the week giving back at primary schools in Ashington, Morpeth and Lynemouth, as part of National Apprenticeship Week.

Shane Harris, Callum Bremner and Sean Wrightson spent a collective 105 hours volunteering, using their skills to create a bug garden and storytelling area at William Leech School, a shed and sandpit at Thomas Bewick School, and a poly tunnel to the outdoor garden area at Collingwood School.

Jackie Johnson, who manages the apprenticeship programme at Bernicia, said: “As well as training our apprentices in the skills they will need to be successful in their chosen trades, we look to instil in them the importance of giving back to their local communities.

“Shane, Callum and Sean have put in a tremendous effort over the past week, and have been able to produce great additions for each of the schools.

“They should be extremely proud of themselves.”

Ben Alpin, a teacher at Collingwood School, said: “All of us at Collingwood are so grateful to Bernicia, and to Jewson’s who supplied many of the materials. They have created a space for our students to work in for many years to come.

“It is going to have a massive and positive impact on our students. They will now be able to work safely all year round, learning skills which will hopefully lead to employment in the future.”

More than 600,000 apprenticeships were started across the UK last year, in 170 different industries.

For more information about apprenticeships with Bernicia, please visit or call 0344 800 3800.