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Principal and student job swap for Apprenticeship week

Principal Gary Groom has donned his overalls and goggles to spend the afternoon as a trainee plumber to mark National Apprenticeship Week.

The Principal of Redcar & Cleveland College swapped jobs with teenage apprentice Harry Teasdale so he could experience life as a student and learn new skills.

Mr Groom spent time in one of the college workshops, where Mr Teasdale coached him through soldering, pipe fitting and the making of a hot towel rail.

Mr Teasdale then spent time in the Principal’s hot seat, where he had to work with PA Kelly Dale to plan the following week’s diary.

Harry met with a member of the management team to discuss progress on an exciting new project, actioned key correspondence and called MP Ian Swale’s office to discuss arrangements for National Apprenticeships Week.

Mr Teasdale, 18, from Stockton, works as an apprentice plumber at HT Energy in Swainby, North Yorkshire, and attends Redcar & Cleveland College one day a week.

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