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Caithness News Bulletins July 2003
UKAEA and Johnson Control Apprentices Help Dunnet Forest Project
Jim Swan, Apprentice Training Co-ordinator at Dounreay said "we encourage the apprentices to get involved in a community project each year and this year the Dunnet Forest project was chosen. Community Projects such as these get the apprentices out of the workshops for a week and really helps with their team building, communication and social skills - all of which are an imperative part of their SVQ and overall training. It also helps to build up their confidence and we have always found if a useful way of everyone getting to know each other".
They also assisted with some tree felling, clearing areas where trees had previously fallen and were covering paths, as well as clearing some ditches which were blocked with fallen branches.
James Macdonald, Apprentice from Watten (who nearly killed everyone with his fly spray!) said "I had a great time. I've never done any fencing before but I felt really chuffed when I'd seen what we'd achieved over the week - but I have never seen so many flies in my life".
Apart from the flies they all had a great week and made the most of the Caithness sunshine.
Pictured are the apprentices at the end of their week: