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Apprenticeship Week Profile: Archie Lamb

Date: 6th March 2019

A love of the outdoors and countryside has proved the ideal pathway to a future career for apprentice Archie Lamb.

Sixteen year old Archie is one of three apprentices with the North York Moors National Park - one of around 800 businesses and organisations working in partnership with Askham Bryan College.

Archie and his fellow apprentices, April Wimmer and Mathew Craggs, are studying for their Diplomas in environmental conservation and are supervised and supported by lecturer Cathryn Appleyard and also Steve Young from the North York Moors National Park.

Steve commented: “We’ve worked with Askham Bryan on the apprenticeship programme since 2005 and it’s very successful. It was set up to train a pool of youngsters in traditional practical skills with the necessary technical qualifications and business skills to complement them, and it does just that.”

Practical skills acquired in the work place such as fence and footpath maintenance, bridge and gate building, and clearing rights of way,  are underpinned by technical knowledge taught at the York campus. In addition it is an efficient and effective way of gaining the all-important ‘tickets’ - the qualifications required to demonstrate competence in skills such as chain saw handling and tractor driving.

Said Archie: “The apprenticeship works really well for me. Most of the time I’m working outside and  then I go to college for three days a month for my portfolio work and to learn the business and technical side of things. I’m loving it; it’s been a great decision. I’m working toward my Level 2 Diploma and am thinking of doing my Level 3 next year.”

Archie’s home is in Thirsk, April, who is 19, comes from Easingwold and Mathew, aged 17, is from Rosedale, near Pickering.

If you're interested in Apprenticeship opportunities with Askham Bryan College as a student or employer visit our apprenticeship page on the website at or contact us at 01904 772211

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