BAE Systems’ apprentices show off their skills for disabled children

Helping hands: The apprentices plant at treet at Legacy Rainbow House

Helping hands: The apprentices plant at treet at Legacy Rainbow House

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Team of apprentices show the power of volunteering with community projects

A team of apprentices helped create an outdoor oasis for children with disabilities to show the power of volunteering.

We work with local charities to find ways we can support them and Legacy Rainbow House identified that it needed help with outdoor maintenance which was ideal for our engineering apprentices

To mark National Volunteers week, this week, the team of 24 apprentices from BAE Systems’ Training Centre in Preston took part in a project to help Legacy Rainbow House, the Mawdesley-based charity of children with disabilities, revamp its outdoor area.

Their work included paving, turfing, painting, repairing outdoor furniture and play equipment and creating a sand pit saving the charity £12,000.

Hayley Scholes, development manager at Legacy Rainbow House, said: “The apprentices have been a massive help to us. They worked brilliantly together as a team and managed to get through so many tasks we estimate they have saved the charity around £12,000. They were committed and enthusiastic and the charity is truly grateful for everything they have done.”

Tim Masterson, trainer at BAE Systems Training Centre, said: “In their first year of a four-year apprenticeship, and as part of the NVQ in Engineering, our 70 apprentices are involved in a Community Project.

“We work with local charities to find ways we can support them and Legacy Rainbow House identified that it needed help with outdoor maintenance which was ideal for our engineering apprentices.”

Tim added: “We believe it is important for all our apprentices to have an understanding of what goes on in the local community and to give something back.

“We want them to make a difference to the lives of people in the community who are disadvantaged in some way. By doing this, we feel that our apprentices can become more developed young people with a social conscience. This is a wonderful local charity which makes a real difference to the lives of local children with disabilities and their families and as a company we are proud to support the charity.”

Apprentice Joe Dimeck said: “It was enjoyable putting the skills I’ve learnt to do some good in the world and help a deserving charity.”

And Sam Sutton said: “I had a great week and enjoyed working for such a good cause.”