Apprentices given chance to work in the community

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APPRENTICES are taking time out of the office to get involved with community projects as a part of a nationwide scheme.

The Brathay Apprentice Challenge 2015 is giving apprentices across the country the task to engage with their local area.

Three youngsters have chosen to take part in the ongoing revamp of the Hilsea Lido.

Jake Winsor, 22, from Farlington is one of those getting involved.

He said: ‘This project had a personal interest for me as I used to come here when I was younger.

‘We will be painting the lido and helping to get it back to how it used to be.

‘By doing this it is also helping our personal growth within the business.’

The apprentices all work for IBM which has encouraged its apprentices to take time out the office.

The project has the support of Fareham councillor Geoff Fazackarley.

He said: ‘It is really good that IBM has given the youngsters time to work on this project.

‘I think it is great for them to get involved .

‘It also gives them something to achieve.’

He added that it is important to help in their community as it makes a difference.

The apprentices have also had the opportunity to spread the word about apprenticeships to school and college leavers.

Apprentice Holly Sheldon, 22 from Hilsea said: ‘We’ve been helping out by going into schools and telling them about apprenticeships. Many of them hadn’t really thought about this path before we go and see them.’

After their hard work the apprentices will go to an awards night at the House of Commons with other Brathay Challenge youngsters.