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Tis the season of giving

As part of their commitment to working with the local community, enthusiastic mechanical engineering apprentices from SERC have worked tirelessly throughout the term to design and install a newly refurbished gate for the Camphill Community Holywood, on the shores of County Down, as part of their studies.

Skills for Work mechanical engineering project apprentices have refurbished a bespoke gate for the newly opened Camphill Community with the assistance of tutor William Henderson.

Camphill Community is an integrated therapeutic residential community for children, young people and adults with learning disabilities.

As the students began working on the project, they realised it would be more challenging than first thought. Throughout the project the students ensured a high level of accuracy to detail was put in and used specialist skills to the best of their ability. The apprentices put their specialist skills to good use which pleased everyone at Camphill, including Principal, Vincent Reynolds.

Vincent thanked SERC for the excellent work delivered by their students under tutor William Henderson. “I would like to thank the College and Williams team who have worked tirelessly to build the gate to our needs. It really does look amazing and the quality of the work that has gone into it is evident. Everything has been handcrafted and finished to the highest standard of craftsmanship. We would not have had the funding to undertake this work by ourselves, we really can’t thank the students enough. It is refreshing to see young people having such a positive impact on their local community."

SERC Tutor William Henderson explained the project: "Work experience is a vital part of any apprenticeship programme and projects such as this allow students to apply their classroom learning in a practical, real life environment. This innovative approach to the delivery of apprenticeships helps students gain work experience whilst also making a valuable contribution to the community.”

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