Apprentices on road to successful futures

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Five apprentices are on the road to a successful future after landing roles working on a £30million infrastructure project in Northumberland.

Matthew Higgs, 20, Sam Lawless, 19, and Josh Brown, Will Ravenhall and Dan Robinson, all 18, have landed apprenticeships helping to build the Morpeth Northern Bypass with civil engineering giant Carillion.

The five apprentices involved in the construction of the 2.4-mile bypass , expected to take 20 months to build, were selected after an designed to put their skills to the test and give them a chance to shine in practical situations.

The technical apprentices, eight months into their 30-month training programmes, earned their stripes in a bespoke selection process, and all say the apprenticeships are the most challenging but rewarding experiences they’ve ever had.

“When I left school, I knew I wanted to do an apprenticeship,” said Ashington’s Dan Robinson. “I knew I didn’t want to go to sixth form, and I wanted to do something more practical, but I just couldn’t find the right apprenticeship for me.”

Dave Bennett, project director for the bypass scheme, said: “The apprentice selection day we hosted with Learning Skills Partnership was a great success for all involved.

“The tasks we set gave the budding apprentices a chance to see what they’d be getting involved with.”

Mr Bennett added that the bypass project is predicted to yield a £47million economic boost over 60 years and help generate up to 5,300 jobs by opening up large areas of land in and around Morpeth for housing and employment developments.