Themis apprentice Brandon jets off to build school in Uganda

Themis apprentice Brandon Coppock, 18, is spending three weeks in Africa on a special project to help build a school in a remote village in Uganda.

Brandon, who is employed by Burnley based construction business Speakman Contractors will be using the skills he has learnt on his Brickwork Apprenticeship at Themis to assist in the project.

Along with three Calico apprentices – George Birbeck, Jonathan Hartley and Ted Mossop, Brandon will spend almost a month in the Rwenzori region of Uganda helping to build a village school. Having spent a number of months raising the £12,000 needed for the project, Brandon is keen to get out there and put his skills to use.

The trip is the second such adventure Themis Apprentices have been involved in, with a group of Plumbing Apprentices travelling to Uganda last year to help another village.

Kevin Wilcock, Themis trainer for Brickwork, is grateful to The Calico Group for including Brandon in the project. Hw said: “This project is a fantastic opportunity for apprentices to gain knowledge and experience outside of their day-to-day lives. It helps them to build on their practical skills and charitable projects like this really broaden the horizons of those who take part. Brandon is looking forward to the trip and we’re looking forward to the stories he brings back.”