Finley Apprenticeship display wins award

Finley Structures were winners in Woodham Academy’s third annual Apprenticeship Awareness Programme 2014.

Our team’s display was named the best presentation at this year’s final event, with Ebac winning the overall award.

Six high-profile businesses spent nine weeks taking part in the successful scheme, which is part-funded by the Great Aycliffe and Middridge Partnership (GAMP) and brings education and business together.

Us along with Shepherd Construction, Ebac, Gestamp Tallent, livin and Thorn Lighting took part in this year’s competition.

More than 100 year 9 students took part in a carousel of workshops, dubbed “speed networking”, when the companies involved gave the youngsters a short insight into what they do.

The tutor groups were then allocated one firm which they will visit and get to know more about them and Apprenticeship opportunities.

After visiting the firm, businesses made several return visits to Woodham to help young people put together a presentation, which were delivered during a special evening at the school, when our display came out top.

HR manager Pauline Hadwin said: “We’re delighted to have won best display.

“The Apprenticeship Awareness Programme is very important to us. It helps us to engage with local youngsters and give them an insight into our world and industry.

“It’s also good to give something back to the local community and working with Woodham Academy is always a pleasure.”

Woodham head teacher Christine Forsyth said: “It’s great that children have had the opportunity to go and see businesses first hand and find out what opportunities are out there.

“It’s also been a real pleasure to have local firms working with our young people. I think they’ve learned a lot about what schools do.”


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