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No picnic: Chris Meehan and Dylan Salmon varnish tables
No picnic: Chris Meehan and Dylan Salmon varnish tables
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Budding plane makers have helped engineer an improved look for a charity.

The 21 apprentices from BAE Systems, carried out work at The Space Centre on Pedders Lane, Preston, over three days as part of an annual charity drive undertaken by the company’s trainees.

They are all members of the Employee Ownership Pilot (EOP) scheme which sees them undertake 12 months of training at the BAE Systems training centre, on Marsh Lane, before going on to work in supply chain firms.

Training centre manager Wilf Monk said the apprentices, who started at the centre in September, were delighted to be able to put something back into their community.

He said: “Our apprentices are not only the future of BAE Systems and the wider Lancashire economy, they are our ambassadors in our community. We always strive to put something back into our communities wherever we can and this kind of work only adds to that.”

During their visit, the apprentices carried out work including painting stonework and window sills on the charity’s premises, varnishing benches and carrying out groundwork in the gardens, which will become an outside area for the centre’s clients.

It follows a similar visit by another 40 apprentices from the training centre to St Catherine’s Hospice in Lostock Hall last month. In September, BAE Systems will take on more apprentices than at any point in its history including 94 at its sites in Warton and Samlesbury, Lancashire.

It recently revealed more than 2,000 applications had been received for places on the programme.

Group managing director Nigel Whitehead said: “These numbers demonstrate the fantastic contribution and value that apprenticeships bring to BAE Systems.”