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A warm Italian welcome for college apprentices

A group of Horticulture, Equine and Agricultural apprentices returned recently from Northern Italy after completing a successful two weeks work placement.

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From left to right: Roger Sorsby, Placement Officer, Emma Waland, Equine Apprentice, Emma Williams, Equine Apprentice, Sam Glover, Horticulture Apprentice, Lizzie Buchan, Equine Apprentice, Clayton Matcham, Agriculture Apprentice, Matthew Braiden, Horticulture Apprentice, James Smith, Agriculture Apprentice, Dan Brown, Horticulture Apprentice, Gilly Smart,, Apprenticeship Coordinator, Tig Morris-Skitt, Equine Apprentice, Vicki Keeling, Equine Apprentice, Kim Bailey, Equine Apprentice

Walford and North Shropshire College secured funding through the Leonardo Life Long Programme to take the apprentices to Italy. The apprentices spent time working in various businesses such as olive production, a golf course an agricultural business and stables. Some of the students lived with Italian families during the working week and at weekends spent time participating in cultural activities including visiting Pisa and the Ferrari Museum which had been organised by the Italian host Orizzonti Nuovi.

This has been a very positive experience for all the students, one commented “My work placement was so welcoming and brilliant to us throughout the two weeks I did not want to leave, they made the time so enjoyable. I am really grateful for the College giving us a chance to go to Italy”.

If this trip appeals to you and you are interested in finding out more about becoming an apprentice or if you are a business and would like to know more about taking on an apprentice visit the website at or call the apprenticeships team on 01939 262131.

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