Calvin Price - Man of Steel

A skilled young man is putting his engineering skills to great use after landing an apprenticeship at Philadelphia Structures in Peterlee.

Calvin Price, a former student of East Durham College’s Technical Academy, was taken on as an apprentice at Philadelphia after impressing the works foreman, Terry Lithgoe, while he was on a work experience placement.

Terry said: “After 2-3 hours, I knew he was right for the job. I was impressed with his attitude, his work rate and his willingness to learn – he’s really a grafter.”

Philadelphia Structures, based on Peterlee’s South-West Industrial Estate, are one of the area’s leading steel fabricators. The company previously completed work for East Durham College’s rebuild in 2007, supplying high quality steel for the building’s framework.

At East Durham College Calvin completed a Level 2 Performing Engineering Operations course. His work experience placement was also organised through the college.

Brian Rowe, Lecturer in Engineering at East Durham College, said: “Calvin excelled at all of his subjects here at EDC. He became a class mentor, works as a senior member of a team building a large iron fence (including organising, instructing and checking other students’ work) and always give one hundred percent to his work.”

Many of East Durham College’s other Level 2 and Level 3 engineering students are also preparing to transfer their new skills to the workplace after receiving offers for apprenticeships at companies around the North East including Sotech, Nissan and Dale Fabrications.

Brian said: “I would like to also congratulate all of our other engineering students who have successfully completed their courses and are moving on to many other exciting engineering apprenticeships.”

If you would like more details about courses and apprenticeships at East Durham College, please check out www.eastdurham.ac.uk or call the apprenticeship team 0191 518 8259.