Nordic Pioneer apprentices have played a major part in helping the North East look its best as the Olympic torch relay makes its way through the region’s streets.
The North East training firm oversaw a project, involving around 15 apprentices and three team leaders, to transform parts of the route through Middlesbrough.
As well as litter picking and general cleaning duties, the team also painted fences and railings and improved grass edging near pathways on the area running from Newport roundabout to Ayresome Road.
Such has been the positive feedback from the Nordic apprentices that they will now be involved in cleaning parts of Darlington as it too prepares for the Olympic torch relay.
Harry Woodhall, programme manager for Tees Valley at Nordic, said: “It’s been really great to get these young people involved in contributing towards the Olympics. As well as helping to improve the environment, they’ve also successfully made some of the areas in Middlesbrough look great.
“They’ve enjoyed the work and as a result they’ve done a great job and received some excellent feedback from the general public.”
James Miles, an apprentice who was involved in the project, added: “I’ve really enjoyed playing a part in cleaning up the torch routes in Middlesbrough.
“It feels great to know that even though I’ve made a small contribution towards the Olympics, it still counts. I’m now looking forward to seeing the torch being carried through my home town.”
Among the team leaders of the project was Sion Netzler from Darlington who was recently recognised for his vocational accomplishments by Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal and the Worshipful Company of Environmental Cleaners at Buckingham Palace.
Sion was recognised for his efforts in completing Nordic Pioneer’s Urban Blitz apprenticeship programme, which involved training in cleaning activities – such as graffiti removal – and environmental maintenance.
This in turn led to him successfully securing full-time employment with Nordic as a senior team leader for the programme.
On the back of their Olympics work, Nordic’s apprentices will also be enlisted to clean the route for the Middlesbrough 10k run later this year.
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