Funding for tools of trade

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AN educational fund is helping to give apprentices the chance to succeed.

Fourteen apprentices from New College Durham have received grants or equipment from Lord Crewe Charity’s Durham Educational Foundation.

The donations will help to support them on their apprenticeship programmes.

The students to benefit are studying on a range of apprenticeships including electrical, plumbing, catering, carpentry and joinery and motor vehicle.

They all received £200 grants of specific tools needed for their work.

Nathaniel Crewe, who was Bishop of Durham from 1674-1721, set up the Lord Crewe’s Charity from the land and properties he owned, to support clergy and their families.

A portion of this money is given each year to support apprentices within the city of Durham and adjacent villages.

New College Durham apprentice, Lee Bainbridge, 22, from Bowburn, said: “I was so pleased to have been nominated to receive the grant and will spend the money on tools I require to do my job.

“Tools in the trade are very expensive and I would have really struggled without the help.

“I am so grateful of the extra support I have received from the Lord Crewe’s Charity and the college to help me along the way.”

For more information on apprenticeships at New College Durham contact 375 4000, or visit the website