Shane is reaching new heights

HANDS-ON: Apprentice arborist Shane Sansome.

HANDS-ON: Apprentice arborist Shane Sansome.

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A Bridlington apprentice has shared his ‘tree-mendous’ tale in the hope it will encourage others to take up similar training.

Shane Sansome, an apprentice arborist working towards a level 2 qualification in arboriculture, joined the council’s forestry team in March 2015 and has always enjoyed hands-on work and working outdoors in all weathers.

“I have always had an interest in nature and the environment, so this job was made for me. Every day is different. I can be anywhere within the county, climbing trees, dismantling them or cutting up logs for the chipper. I also ensure that the area is safe for us to work in and for members of the public nearby,” said Shane.

“It is a very physical job, so it is a good job I can work in all weathers. It can be very cold and wet or very hot and sunny. As I said, no two days are the same.”

With National Apprenticeship Week 2016 taking place between March 14 and 18, the council is highlighting the benefits of hiring an apprentice.

Steve Brackenbury, service manager- environmental services, said: “The forestry team requires employees with a specific skill set that can be enhanced through direct work experience alongside experienced employees. By recruiting apprentices who already have some basic arboriculture knowledge and the appetite to carry out the physical hard work outdoors, we are able to find people who are highly-motivated with a willingness to learn. Many apprentices go on to secure full employment within the forestry service, providing an ideal entry route into our service.”

Councillor Jane Evison, cabinet portfolio holder for economic investment and tourism, said: “National Apprenticeship Week helps recognise the important role apprentices play in the UK economy.

Locally, the council employs apprentices and is committed to assisting people to access apprenticeship opportunities and in providing support for the area’s business community in establishing apprenticeship positions.”

For further information about the council’s apprenticeship training programmes, visit www.eastriding.gov.uk/apprenticeships