Student Builds The Foundations For Sisters Future

A North East student is building the foundations for his sister’s future as he helps to construct a new £35m state-of-the-art college she will be attending once it is complete.

Jonathan Defty, an engineering apprentice from East Durham and Houghall Community College, is working for the steel company that has supplied structural steel work to the revolutionary new build, set to be complete by January 2009.

Jonathan and three other apprentices, Paul Milburn (Easington Colliery), Michael Shutt (Wingate) and Adam Francis (Trimdon Grange) have literally been building their own classrooms.  Their work, which has taken two months to complete, has involved plating, measuring, marking out brackets, welding and cutting girders and has used over 1000 tonnes of steel.

Jonathan said: “My younger sister is 13 and one day she will be coming to this college that I’ve been building.  It makes me proud that I’m working on the building that she will one day study in, especially one that is so advanced.”