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United Utilities welcome Newton Rigg apprentice Tom Mannock to full time position

Date: 11th January 2019

Tom Mannock has realised his ultimate aim, to live and work in the beautiful Lake District.

Supported by course tutor Paul Flynn Tom, an apprentice with the National Park, applied for and has been appointed as a Ground Maintenance Operator based at United Utilities Haverthwaite site at Low Wood Bridge.

During his course, Tom has achieved qualifications in the use of pesticides, brush cutters, trimmers, chainsaw use, first aid and ATVs. Tom commented on how the College has helped with developing his skills at fencing, walling, hedging, footpath construction along with traditional building techniques. Tom said that “the professional yet relaxed approach at Newton Rigg, with support and guidance always available, is what has made a real difference to my learning.”

Moving up from Warwickshire, Tom's previous career included working at The Ritz Hotel in London, Marks & Spencer and Next. As a mature student, he took the brave step of moving to Cumbria to pursue his dream of working outdoors. A highlight of his apprenticeship has been supervising volunteers in woodland work, sharing his passion of promoting and maintaining the amazing lakeland environment.

Tom’s apprenticeship is a partnership between Rusland Horizons and Newton Rigg College.  Tom particularly enjoyed developing ‘The Greenwood Trails’ which provides links and routes to promote woodland heritage and key points of interest aimed at encouraging people to explore the area sustainably. Thanking Ray Millard, from Rusland Horizons, Tom went on to say “anyone thinking about a career in the outdoors should make the most of every opportunity and stick with whatever training they are undertaking.”

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