Grants for Apprentices  

The six recipients of a new Rotary Cambridge Apprenticeship Grant pictured with then Rotary Cambridge president Ian Grant (far right), Daniel Reynolds, Mikah Bear, Roberto Cerezo, Katya McGeady, and at front, Thomas Halliwell.

Six apprentices have been awarded $1000 each in the first round of a new Rotary Cambridge Apprenticeship Grant Scheme.

The six are Daniel Reynolds (Wackrows Joinery), Mikah Bear (Rob May Builders), Roberto Cerezo (Bo & Co Electrical), Katya McGeady (GD Pringle Building), Thomas Halliwell (Chris Ryan Plumbing), and Kieran Miller (Nulook Cambridge).  The donations will help each apprentice meet ongoing costs for items such as tools and course fees, particularly heavy machinery.

Now in its first year, the Apprentice Grant Scheme selected the six recipients from 17 applications received.  The initiative is intended to encourage and retain much-needed apprentices in the building and constructions trades for the Cambridge area.

Committee director Andrew Bateman said applicants had to state their reasons for entering their trade and say where the funds would be used.  He said the goal is to repeat the Apprentice Grant Scheme project next year, and to attract a range of sponsors to enable more grants to be awarded.

The successful apprentices were granted their awards at a June awards evening, at which each was accompanied by their employer as a way of recognising employers’ efforts in supporting their apprentices.  They received a certificate confirming their achievement from then Rotary Cambridge president Ian Grant.

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