Apprentice helps transform a piece of history

TyneMet College apprentice Leon Dalton with a Tynemouth Decorators employee.
TyneMet College apprentice Leon Dalton with a Tynemouth Decorators employee.

An apprentice has been getting to grips with work at one of the oldest sites in the borough.

TyneMet College apprentice Leon Dalton has been working at Segedunum Roman Fort, Baths and Museum, in Wallsend, after being employed by Tynemouth Decorators Ltd.

I’m really pleased with Leon’s progress, he’s doing a great job and showing a great amount of enthusiasm for the trade

Stephen Hull, managing director of Tynemouth Decorators Ltd

He has been helping on extensive restoration to bring back to life the replica bath works.

Stephen Hull, managing director of Tynemouth Decorators Ltd, said: “We’re bringing the building back to the Roman period and for Leon this is a brilliant opportunity to work on a variety of buildings instilling decorating skills.

“I’m really pleased with Leon’s progress, he’s doing a great job and showing a great amount of enthusiasm for the trade.”

Leon completes a day of his apprenticeship at TyneMet’s specialist campus for construction, TMC which is based in Benton.

He said: “I’ve enjoyed every part of my apprenticeship; the team here at Tynemouth Decorators are really friendly – being on the job means I get to put skills into practice and my construction tutors at TMC’s are very supportive.

“I’m now certain a career in construction is for me.

“Being part of the Segedunum project just shows the variety of work on offer in the painting and decorating trade and I look forward to continuing my apprenticeship with Stephen and Tynemouth Decorators.”

Pat Blyth, apprenticeship and business development manager for TyneMet College, said: “We are fully committed in providing quality apprenticeships; we have been working with Tynemouth Decorators for a substantial amount of time and their support to the College is much appreciated, as a sponsor and a valued business partner.

“This has been a brilliant experience for Leon, adding to his career portfolio and gaining relevant skills in the industry.”