Stevenage apprentices spruce up Scout headquarters in bid to take challenge title

PUBLISHED: 12:05 23 April 2017 | UPDATED: 12:05 23 April 2017

Apprentices Tom Coles, Ross  Burroughs, Sameed Gilani, Sarah Lee, Max Young, Charlie Wilcox, Alex Bakewell and Joe Scholes with MP Stephen McPartland.

Apprentices Tom Coles, Ross Burroughs, Sameed Gilani, Sarah Lee, Max Young, Charlie Wilcox, Alex Bakewell and Joe Scholes with MP Stephen McPartland.

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A group of community minded young apprentices have pithed in to patch up a Stevenage Scout headquarters as part of a national campaign.

The team of apprentices at workThe team of apprentices at work

Conor Murphy and nine other engineering apprentices from workplace solutions firm CBRE in Stevenage, got together to overhaul the building and garden at the Scout hut belonging to the 7th Stevenage Sea Scouts in Nokeside, Broadwater.

They spruced up the garden so the scouts can once again use it after it became very overgrown, created a mural on the wall and even painted the inside of the building to make it a brighter place for the Scouts to meet.

Conor told the Comet: “We were looking to do a community project and I go to college with Kelly Goulston who has two children at the Scout group.

“They haven’t used the garden for years because it has become overgrown and so the Scouts can’t use it for their outdoor activities.”

The mural painted by the apprentices on the Scout hit wallThe mural painted by the apprentices on the Scout hit wall

The team carried out a gruelling day of work on April 7 but Conor said the hard slog was worth it when some of the Scouts saw the finished garden and really liked it. They were even able to put their hand prints in the mural.

Conor said: “It went fantastically. We achieved what we set out to do.

“We were really pleased with the outcome and everyone put in 100 per cent effort to get it done.”

Stevenage MP Stephen McPartland went along to help out and see the finished results.

Some of the rubbish cleared from the gardenSome of the rubbish cleared from the garden

He said: “Fantastic community spirit from the apprentices, as they really got stuck in to help our 7th Stevenage Sea Scouts. Really enjoyed meeting them and helping out a bit.”

The team completed the project as part of the Brathay Apprentice Challenge, a search for the apprentice team of the year, supported by the National Apprenticeship Service.

To win the Brathay Apprentice Challenge, teams have to undertake a series of interactive work-related challenges to develop new skills and showcase their employer by engaging with young people, businesses and the community to promote the benefits of apprenticeships.

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