Apprentices pitch in at resource centre

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NINE apprentices pitched in to set up a community centre as part of a national contest.

The project was just one element of the Brathay Apprentice Challenge 2016 undertaken by the team from IBM. The challenge is supported by the National Apprenticeship Service and aims to highlight the benefits of apprenticeships.

Earlier this month, the IBM apprentices travelled to Portsmouth from all over the country to help rejuvenate the Spithead Resource Centre, in Montgomerie Road, Southsea.

The centre is run by a charity called South East Hampshire Community Outlook.

SEHCO has three community centres for hire, and it is also leading a Lottery-funded initiative to run art and sport activities for 10 to 18-year-olds.

The apprentices spent the day working with SEHCO to prepare and plan for this project. They helped to bring in and set up new equipment, as well as assembling furniture and cleaning.

The winners of the national challenge will be announced on June 15.