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APPRENTICES are preparing for their first days of work to improve people’s homes after completing their training.

The workers, who have been taken on by East Durham Homes’ Social Enterprise initiative, SHED2, will offer a low cost painting and decorating service to tenants who have had properties updated through its decent homes project.

One of the first customers to benefit from the service was Lilian Hudson, aged 80 from Murton, who had her kitchen and bathroom painted after having improvement works on her home.

Mrs Hudson said: “I am over the moon with the painting the trainees have done in my new kitchen and bathroom.

“I would highly recommend them to anyone.”

Paul Mains, EDH chief executive, said: “The SHED2 apprentices are doing really well and are now ready to offer their service to customers.

“It’s great to see them working in customers’ homes and helping them with the finishing touches.”