DTA's first year welding apprentices took their on the job learning into the community on Tuesday 6th February to repair a broken fence around a veteran tree in Malton's Castle Gardens.
The project which was in partnership with Derwent Riverside Project Group allowed the apprentices to apply skills they wouldn't normally use in their day to day jobs; designing the fence which included costings and transportation from DTA's training centre to Castle Garden which allowed them to develop their communication skills by having open discussions with the rest of their group which will benefit them in their careers within the local area. The apprentices who took part in the project showed fantastic teamwork and work ethic throughout the duration of the project.
Di Keal from the Derwent Riverside Project Group that manages Castle Gardens said: ''We are delighted to see the fencing round one of our spectacular veteran trees repaired. The commitee is grateful for the very talented apprentices at Derwent Training Association for restoring the railings - their hard work has really tidied up this area of the garden. It has been great to see the work the apprentices have done in the Gardens over the past couple of years' including to help build seats and these latest repairs - all of their hard work makes a massive difference to a small charity like Castle Gardens''
Bob Watmore, Training and Assessment Manager at DTA said this of the apprentices: ''I'm really pleased with the apprentices approach to such Community Projects. They recognise the importance of the variety of the use of their skills such projects can deliver, and the legacy it can leave in the local community. I'd also like to thank DTA's Trainers, and particularly Jeff Wood who has only recently joined us having worked at Redcar Steel Works until its closure. Our Trainers passion to extend the apprentices experiences and support them in such projects is what makes working at DTA special.''
The welders and Trainers would also like to thank Acaster Steel for providing the materials and to Monkbridge Construction for the use of their van to transport the railings to the gardens - without employer and local support projects like this wouldn't be possible,.