STUDENTS working with three local building contractors are to benefit from an annual bursary scheme.

Wharton Construction, McCarrick Construction and Vest Construction will each get support from the Northern Counties Builders Federation’s scheme over the coming year.

The contribution to each company is on a sliding scale, amounting to £12,160.90 for each apprentice over a three-year period.

Now in its fourth year the bursary provides financial support for NCBF members towards the cost of taking on apprentices or for those who already have apprentices in training.

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Launched in 2018, so far nine apprentices from seven member companies are receiving support through the fund and with this year’s awards, a total of 12 students will have been helped.

This year, Tanis Scudder, from McCarrick Construction in Chester-le-Street is receiving funding for his joinery apprenticeship and attending New College Durham on day release.

Charlie Walker from Darlington-based Wharton Construction, is studying bricklaying with day release at Darlington College and Solomon Cornwell from Vest Construction is training to be a joiner.

Tony Kay, President of NCBF said: “It gives us great pleasure to continue this bursary to offer opportunities to the next generation.”


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