A Ribble Valley primary school has an impressive new outdoor library – thanks to highly-skilled Themis Apprentices.
As part of their work for National Apprenticeship Week 2019, talented young carpenters and joiners on Apprenticeship with leading Employers, training with Themis at Burnley College, designed and manufactured the new building, which is being regularly by pupils and staff at Simonstone Primary School, as well as members of the local community.
After designing the new building the Themis Apprentices made the frame from softwood, using complex woodworking techniques including mitred mortice and tenon joints and tongue and groove boarding. They applied a pitched roof to the frame which was then felted and covered with slate to ensure the library is waterproof and able to withstand extreme weather conditions.
Toughened glass and several coats of paint completed the impressive structure with its bright red gloss finish.
Expert Tutor Gareth Jones said the Themis Apprentices worked tirelessly throughout the project and the pride and attention to detail they applied to the outdoor library was great to see.
The school project was just one of many undertaken by Themis Apprentices for National Apprenticeship Week which recognised the change that Apprenticeships can bring for employers, helping them blaze a trail to new markets, and for the Apprentices, to a new career. Activities and events were hosted across the country to encourage people of all ages and backgrounds to take up an Apprenticeship.