When Cambridge Primary School in Barrow-in-Furness contacted us to design a new gate for the school grounds we jumped at the chance.

Now our apprentice fabrication and metalworker Joe Ward  has been assigned to work on the key project.

Under the watchful eye of his mentor - workshop manager Andy John - the 18-year old who attended Chetwynde School in Barrow in Furness is busy helping to turn Chris's design featuring a young boy swinging from monkey bars into a reality.

A keen rugby player Joe is studying his apprenticeship at Furness College. He joined the team here at Chris Brammall three years ago and has been involved with a number of high profile UK projects.

Commenting Joe said "The work that we produce here is different to any other and no two projects are the same. There are always new challenges and this latest project for Cambridge Primary School is enabling me to make full use of the skills I have developed over the last three years".

Due for completion early next year, the new gate will compliment an existing project we designed and manufactured for the school ten years ago creating an additional entrance and focal point.

Cambridge Primary School Head Teacher Linda Dean commented "We are thrilled to be working with Chris Brammall and his team again. It was important that this new entrance gate continued with the existing theme and we are excited about the latest design which complements the others - such as children skipping and running - really well".

Commenting on the project and the value of apprenticeships Andy John Workshop Manager said "This is a great local project. We were delighted when the school contacted us - although I can't quite believe it's ten years since we completed the original gates and railings. There are some very complex and unique skills involved with producing a piece like this and having the opportunity to train an apprentice who can develop with us as we grow is very rewarding

Joe Ward - apprentice fabrication and metalworker sets to work on bespoke gates for Cambridge Primary School at Barrow in Furness. Joe Ward - apprentice fabrication and metalworker sets to work on bespoke gates for Cambridge Primary School at Barrow in Furness.

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