Josh keen to help at African centre

Josh Brown, a technical apprentice at Carillion Plc, who is heading off to Africa.
Josh Brown, a technical apprentice at Carillion Plc, who is heading off to Africa.

An apprentice is travelling across the world to help build a special centre for youngsters.

Josh Brown, a technical apprentice at Carillion, has swapped working on the Morpeth Northern Bypass for Lesotho, in South Africa, to support the development of a special children’s centre.

When finished, the Mamohato Children’s Centre will become the flagship for all of the Sentebale charity’s work – a charity co-founded by Prince Harry of Wales and Prince Seeiso of Lesotho.

The centre will work with the most vulnerable children including those who are victims of extreme poverty and the HIV/AIDs epidemic in Lesotho.

Josh, 17, from Widdrington, currently completing his Level 2 BTEC in civil engineering, said: “I was delighted to be picked as part of the team that will put the finishing touches on the children’s centre.

“It’s a fantastic opportunity to gain some great experience and it will be good to be able to use the skills I have learned here in the UK to develop something really worthwhile in another country and help to make a positive difference to so many lives.”

The Carillion team will be working on the final touches before the centre opens in November.

Work will include adding outdoor benches and installing rubber matting, hanging plaques, painting walls and arranging the furniture.

The Centre aims to provide children with a source of empowerment and identity as well as the confidence and tools to lead a rewarding life.

The members of the Carillion team travelling to Lethoso have raised £1,000 each to go towards the works and their upkeep while in Africa.

Dave Bennett, project director at Morpeth Northern Bypass, said: “We are delighted that Josh is so eager to get involved in this project.

“He’s learned a lot in his time with here with the Morpeth team, while he still has a way to go before qualifying, we’re sure his skills and enthusiasm will be a great help to the team in Lesotho.

“Working on the Mamohato centre for Sentebale is just one of many opportunities we offer to our placement students and employees to give them the broadest possible experience of the job as well as a better appreciation of what good engineering and construction can achieve.

“At Carillion we always try to give students, those at apprenticeship level, degree, masters and even PhD, the chance to work with us and learn the hands-on skills that you can’t pick up in a classroom, and what better way than travelling to South Africa to use those skills for a greater cause.”

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