College takes on new apprentices

Learning consturction at East Durham College: l-r, Allan Jordan, Brian Dove and Jason English.

Learning consturction at East Durham College: l-r, Allan Jordan, Brian Dove and Jason English.

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FOUR people are building themselves a career on apprenticeship schemes.

East Durham College has taken on the four new apprentices as part of its maintenance teams at the college’s Peterlee and Houghall Campuses.

The group of maintenance technician apprentices are working full-time at the college gaining valuable on-the-job training and experience while studying for a Level 2 Diploma in Maintenance Operations as a ConstructionSkills apprentice.

Two of the group, Allan Jordon, 18, from Kelloe, and Jason English, 19, from Peterlee, are based at the college’s Peterlee Campus, while the other two, Daniel Lee, 18, from Shotton, and Andrew Donnelly, 19, from Seaham, are carrying out their work at the Houghall Campus in Durham City.

Allan, who previously studied on a joinery course at East Durham College before he decided on doing an apprenticeship, said: “I’m really glad I decided to do an apprenticeship. I really enjoy working at the college and getting real work experience.

“It would be great if at the end of the apprenticeship I got taken on full time.”

Brian Dove, estates and services manager, based at the college’s Peterlee site, said: “Considering the very short period of time they have been here their performance has been to a very high standard. They are motivated and show that they can use their own initiative.

“They are all very well respected members of the team and we hope to keep them on after they have finished their apprenticeships.”

ConstructionSkills placement officer Marie Cullen said: “They are all doing really well, and gaining some great experience within the college’s estate and grounds, particularly over at Houghall were some of the older buildings require more extensive maintenance work.”

For more apprenticeship information contact the college on 5188259.