Apprentices restore iconic model bridge
Cleveland Bridge UK Ltd apprentices have used their skills to renovate a large scale model of one of the company’s iconic bridge projects.
The four-metre long model of the Tsing Ma Bridge, built as Darlington Borough Council’s Chelsea Flower Show entry in 1998 was previously displayed on the roundabout at Freeman’s Place in Darlington before the upgrade to the town centre’s inner ring road in 2014.
It was returned to Cleveland Bridge UK where it has been stored since. As part of a programme of upgrades to the company’s extensive premises, it was decided to restore the model and put it on display.
A team of apprentices worked on the project and helped install the bridge at the entrance to Cleveland Bridge’s facility in Yarm Road, Darlington.
With 21 apprentices currently training at Cleveland Bridge UK, the company is committed to supporting the development of its future workforce. Having reached an agreement to deliver its vocational training with Hartlepool College, the company has launched a new Apprentice Skills Development Programme with the ambition of converting its trainees into permanent members of its workforce.
The trainees aim to follow in the footsteps of apprentice Danny Brennan who recently completed his four-year training programme with Cleveland Bridge UK and has been recruited as a plater by the company.
Chris Droogan, Managing Director of Cleveland Bridge UK Ltd, said: “The apprentices have done an excellent job with the renovation of the bridge model, which demonstrates the skills they are gaining on our training programmes. It has taken pride of place at the entrance to our factory highlighting the iconic structures the company has worked on.
“Our apprentices are all talented young people and I am sure they are motivated by the achievements of Danny who is now a permanent member of our workforce. His commitment was excellent during his apprenticeship and I am sure he will become a valuable member of the team.”