Apprentices Pamper Care Home Residents

East Durham College kicked off its list of activities planned for National Apprenticeship Week, which started today, when a group of Hairdressing Apprentices visited a local care home.

The eight Apprentices spent the morning at Peterlee Care Home on Westcott Road, where they gave the staff and residents free haircuts and hairstyling.

Care Home Manager Tom Hurst said: “We were thrilled when the College asked if they could spend the morning pampering some of our staff and residents. The residents really enjoyed it and there was a real buzz about the place.”

Alex Cullen, aged 17 from Peterlee, who is taking her Apprenticeship whist working at Hairkutz 100 in Peterlee, said: “The day has been fantastic, going into our local community, and seeing how pleased the residents of the care home were to be pampered was very rewarding.

“The Apprenticeship route has definitely been the right one for me, as I wanted to get hands-on experience and get into the world of work, whilst also gaining qualifications. I’m hoping to progress on to an Advanced Apprenticeship, and have hopes of owning my own business in the future.”

Michelle Dryden, an Apprenticeship Placement Officer at the College, explained a number of Apprentices from the College are taking part in a series of activities as part of this year’s National Apprenticeship Week.

“A group of Horse Care Apprentices will be helping out at the Cleveland Mounted Police Division in Middlesbrough, Horticulture Apprentices are volunteering at local hospice, Saint Cuthbert’s of Durham working on the grounds and a group of Engineering & Manufacturing Apprentices are spending half a day working in a simulated environment constructing a model of a Caterpillar truck at Caterpillar Peterlee,” she said.