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Apprentices help spruce up old fencing

Scott Allinson, Nathan Hunter and Luke Allinson get down to work in Mixenden.

Scott Allinson, Nathan Hunter and Luke Allinson get down to work in Mixenden.

A new fencing project in Mixenden is helping to provide work opportunities while making the district a nicer place.

After the success of the scheme in Todmorden the New Boundaries project, run by Pennine Housing 2000 has taken on its first three apprentices as it begins a project to replace 3000 metres of old fencing.

Brothers Scott, 19, and Luke Allinson, 18, along with Nathan Hunter, 18, are learning their trade while studying for a Lantra Level 2 Diploma.

The trio, along with work experience volunteers and their mentor Ethan Ingham have been braving the elements in Mixenden as they begin transforming the look of the area during this phase of the project.

Nathan, who has just started his two-year apprenticeship, said the chance to work with New Boundaries has helped to give him a future.

“If I wasn’t doing this then I would probably be trouble-making,” he said. “I didn’t like school and I prefer working outdoors and I love what I’m doing.

“It’s hard work but it’s great. I can now see a career path and I didn’t have that before so I’m going to make the most of it.”

 

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