Hunstanton apprentices graduate

Hunstanton apprenticeship graduation ceremony'from left Matthew Johnston, Anna Smith, Gemma Bramham and Richard Bird ANL-141015-122040001
Hunstanton apprenticeship graduation ceremony'from left Matthew Johnston, Anna Smith, Gemma Bramham and Richard Bird ANL-141015-122040001
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Three graduates from the Hunstanton and coastal area were at the inaugural Apprentice Award Ceremony held at Lynn Corn Exchange on Tuesday.

Cllr Richard Bird, congratulating the trio from his North Coast Division, said: “I really believe in the apprentice scheme and believe that more schools should be highlighting the opportunities for apprenticeships alongside the university options. The graduates I met today have been learning while earning, and are starting their careers debt-free and with confidence.”

Matthew Johnston (19) from Hunstanton, a former student at Smithdon School works for Bircham Trees and Landscapes. He created this year’s wining garden at Sandringham Flower Show that was later installed in Lighthouse Lane in the town.

Part of the team that helped Hunstanton achieve Gold for its gardens in the Anglia in Bloom Competition were Gemma Bramham, 25, and Anna Smith, 21.

Gemma, from Ringstead who also attended Smithdon, works for the Borough Council’s grounds maintenance team; Anna, from Brancaster, attended Wells school and now works at CITB in Bircham and is looking forward to a career in hospitality.

Supported by Norfolk County Council the Apprenticeships Norfolk Network was set up to increase the skills base in the county and make it easier for employers and young people to access apprenticeships.

Pictured from left: Matthew Johnston, Anna Smith, Gemma Bramham and Richard Bird.