13 March 2017
A picture of Chester apprentices show off handiwork for National Apprenticeship Week

As spring approaches, a group of green-fingered apprentices in Chester have been putting their maintenance skills to good use to benefit the community and mark National Apprenticeship Week (NAW).

The apprentices, employed by Sanctuary Group, carried out some handiwork at Lache allotments, ranging from clearing the ground areas between plots, removing weeds and applying a protective coat of preserve to a shed used for meetings and training.

Used by the community to grow their own food, the allotments are also utilised by local primary schools which have plots to enable them to promote food to fork, as well as teaching pupils where food comes from.

“Gain practical experience”

Resident involvement apprentice Chloe Oxley said: “It’s been really good to come and help out the local community, learn new skills and gain practical experience.”

“Learn new skills”

Libbie Stock, Sanctuary’s youth engagement officer, added: “National Apprenticeship Week is a great opportunity for our apprentices to not only learn new skills but also gives them a chance to give back to the community.

“We’re delighted that we were able to offer this experience to the apprentices who are just at the beginning of their careers and clearly so eager to learn.”

National Apprenticeship Week

This activity is one of a number organised by Sanctuary Group in support of NAW - an annual event, organised by the National Apprenticeship Service, which celebrates the talents and skills of apprentices and the value of apprenticeship programmes.

Sanctuary Group’s apprenticeship scheme

Sanctuary operates a UK-wide apprenticeship scheme that is helping many young people into employment.

The award winning scheme has supported almost 1,400 young people into placements, both directly within Sanctuary and through development partners.

The programme provides apprentices with a meaningful career path, on-the-job training, support in achieving nationally recognised qualifications and the opportunity to earn while they learn.

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