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Sawbridgeworth students move on from Leventhorpe School to take up apprenticeships with VolkerFitzpatrick

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Five Leventhorpe School leavers have secured places on leading civil engineering business VolkerFitzpatrick's apprenticeship scheme.

Will Renals, Zachary Fussell, Oliver Stacey, Mason Howard and Jack Lloyd will gain outstanding work experience as they develop their professional skills whilst also studying towards a relevant degree at local universities and colleges - all while earning a salary.

Mrs Blair-Park, the Sawbridgeworth secondary school's futures advisor, said: "It has been fantastic working with VolkerFitzpatrick this year.

The five Leventhorpe School leavers starting apprenticeships with VolkerFitzpatrick (17520264)
The five Leventhorpe School leavers starting apprenticeships with VolkerFitzpatrick (17520264)

"They have offered great opportunities to students of work experience, attending the school for Mock Interview Day, Sixth Form Enrichment Afternoon and also our Year 9 Careers Day, which gave the students an insight into the construction industry.

"I am so pleased for these five students to have been offered these roles at VolkerFitzpatrick and I wish them a happy and successful career."

The quintet, who received their A level results in the summer, could now go on to be construction managers, buyers, sustainability engineers or quantity surveyors.

"It's fantastic to watch as our apprenticeship scheme helps shape these young people into such successful adults, giving the tools they will need to thrive in our industry," said VolkerFitzpatrick's emerging talent manager Sally Hill. "We are literally helping to create our future generations!

"Seeing young people flourish and achieve their full potential underlines the true value of schemes like this."

Leventhorpe headteacher Malcolm White said traditional university courses are the right path for some students, but he has been pleased with the increasing number of high quality degree and higher apprenticeship schemes being offered by national and local firms.

"These programmes offer students an opportunity to gain qualifications through a work-based route and they will be laying the foundations for future career progression," he said.

"We are really proud of all of our students who have taken this route and wish them every success as they start their programmes."

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