Contribution of Richmondshire apprentices recognised

John McDonald, organiser of the Fellmongers’ apprentices awards writing out certificates and cheques for the award winners.

Apprentices in Richmondshire have been honoured with awards to celebrate the contribution they are giving to local employers and the community.

The awards are run by Richmond’s Company of Fellmongers.

The apprentices were due to collect their accolades at the annual Apprenticeship Awards Evening, which was cancelled due to the Covid-19 situation.

However, the group wanted to acknowledge the achievements of the young people and delivered the awards to each of the apprentices, along with a cheque for £100 to help them start their careers.

The awards recognise those who have successfully completed apprenticeships and are helping to future-proof the skilled workforce in years to come.

The driving force behind this initiative is John McDonald.

Local organisations supporting the initiative include leading local employers. Randall Orchard Construction, Mowbray School, Mainsgill Farm, Froneri UK, Broadacres, ProPharma Group Ltd and North Yorkshire County Council.

Mr McDonald said: “Fellmongers have always known that the future depends on training good apprentices – young people with talent and ambition who work hard.

“This part of our tradition is something we want to continue and each year we celebrate the achievements of our apprentices in our area.”

Former Richmond School student Ryan Jacques, apprentice stonemason/bricklayer at Randall Orchard Construction, said: “I am really honoured to have received the Fellmongers’ award and am most appreciative of Randall Orchard for recommending me.

“The apprenticeship scheme is a great way for me to learn my trade as a stonemason and bricklayer and also to continue my studies so it offers me the best of both worlds.”

A Fellmonger is one of the oldest professions.

Dealers in hides or skins, they were originally an ancient craft and trading company with their origins in the Middle Sages. In present day, they carry out social and charitable activities.

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