Over the last few years, Newport Norse has received funds from the South Wales Institute of Engineers Educational Trust (SWIEET) to provide resources for apprentices as they undergo their training.

Previously, reading materials have been purchased, however most of the funds were put to one side.

Now that the four apprentices; Brandon Price (carpenter), Ross Parsons (plumber), Ellis Jenkins and Joshua Smith (electricians) are in their final year of their apprenticeships, they have been provided with a selection of tools for use in their chosen profession.

Ross joined Newport Norse in 2017 and commenced a City and Guilds work-based Plumbing and Heating Apprenticeship.

Unfortunately, COVID-19 interrupted his Level 3 learning which has delayed his course completion.

“Although the pandemic has interrupted my studies, working for Newport Norse gives me the opportunity to learn and develop my skills daily on a variety of facilities,” he said.

“The support I’ve received whilst training gives me the confidence to work independently and the ability to use my own initiative.

“The funds received from SWIEET have enabled all of us to purchase a selection of trade-specific and other useful tools that will help us as we progress.”

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