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Sanctuary apprentices answer call to help local fire station

12 March 2018
Watch Commander Jim Sharpe, Sanctuary apprentices Adam Gutteridge, Kelvin Mamvura and Ben Cowles and Firefighter Shaun MacColl.

A team of Sanctuary Group apprentices have answered the call and helped redecorate their local fire station to mark National Apprenticeship Week.

Wanting to give back to their community, maintenance apprentices Kelvin Mamvura, Ben Cowles and Adam Gutteridge stepped away from their day jobs to help refurbish the boot room at Ely Fire Station and make it a more welcoming environment.

The boot room is the first place crews enter at the start of their shift and is often on show to visitors and school groups during events and open days.

During their three days at the fire station the apprentices, supervised by multi-trade operative Stuart Burrows, painted the walls and ceiling and sanded down and varnished benches, giving the room a fresh new look.

Phill Turner, Sanctuary’s regional operations manager for planned maintenance (East), said: “Each year during National Apprenticeship Week our apprentices volunteer their time to projects in our local community.

“This year we approached the fire service to see what we could do to say thank you for the service they provide every day to the residents of Cambridgeshire.

“This was a great opportunity for our apprentices to use the skills they have learned and, from the highly positive feedback we have received, it is clear they have done a fantastic job.”

To mark the successful project, a new plaque will be taking pride of place on the boot room wall, celebrating the benefits of working in partnership.

Station Commander for Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service, Brett Mills, commented: “We’d like to thank Sanctuary Group for stepping in and giving our boot room a much needed makeover.

“It was a pleasure to welcome three of their apprentices to Ely Fire Station. They all did a fantastic job and have made the area much more welcoming.”

This activity is one of a number organised by Sanctuary Group in support of National Apprenticeship Week (5-9 March) – an annual event organised by the National Apprenticeship Service, celebrating the talents and skills of apprentices and the value of apprenticeship programmes.

Sanctuary’s award-winning national apprenticeship programme has been running for 10 years, supporting over 1,600 young people into work during that time, both directly within Sanctuary and through development partners.

The programme provides apprentices with a meaningful career path, on-the-job training, support in achieving nationally recognised qualifications and the opportunity to earn while they learn.