Appleby Training & Heritage Centre Success Stories:


Appleby Heritage Centre has successfully guided two local young men through their intermediate level and then moving through the advanced level vehicle maintenance and repair programmes.

Jamie Richardson, started his apprenticeship journey with Mark Johns Motors in Kirkby Stephen, completing his intermediate level study with this company.  Jamie transferred to Metcalfe Plant Hire part way through his advanced apprenticeship programme when Mr Johns sold his business premises.  Jamie still works for Metcalfe Plant Hire in Penrith.

Duncan Harvey, started his intermediate level apprenticeship in vehicle maintenance and repair with Bryan Hall, Cherry Tree Garage in Kirkby Thore.  Again a change in business circumstances led to Duncan transferring employer and joining O`Malley Plant Hire where he completed his advanced level apprenticeship.  Duncan recently started his own business working as a self-employed mechanic and is enjoying success in the local area.

Tom Alderson started an advanced level apprenticeship, working for Alderson`s of Nateby in 2016.  Tom had previously completed an engineering apprenticeship, working for a local agricultural contractor.  Tom is showing great enthusiasm for this subject and is enjoying the mixture of supported study and workshop practice.

Appleby Heritage Centre has recently invested a substantial amount of money in upgrading our motor vehicle work shop.  Recent purchases include a head lamp beam aligner, a tyre changer, an additional vehicle lift and a diagnostic analyser.  The centre and its staff can provide high quality training and support to young people on both the intermediate and advanced level apprenticeships.


Katie Tyson completed an advanced level apprenticeship with our centre whilst working for Warcop Church of England Primary School.  Katie then moved to the Upper Eden Medical Practice where she completed a further apprenticeship, this time in Business and Administration.  Katie is currently training within the practice to cover a range of duties; including working in the dispensary.

Julie Procter also completed an advanced level apprenticeship in Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools, again whilst working for Warcop Church of England Primary School. After completing this programme Julie decided that she wished to train as a primary school teacher.  Julie is currently studying for a foundation level degree at Kendal College, she continues to work part time at Warcop Primary School and is relishing the challenge that her advanced level studies present.

Michelle Fisher, started an advanced level apprenticeship programme with Appleby heritage Centre having completed a traineeship with Crosby Ravensworth Primary School.  Michelle showed determination and a natural aptitude for working with young children throughout her study programme.  At the end of her apprenticeship programme Michelle moved to Kiddly Winks Nursery in Penrith to work with Early Years children. She had since enrolled on a Level 5 study programme with Newton Rigg College studying for a Higher National Diploma in Advanced Practice in Work with Children and Families and has moved to Lambkins Nursery at Langwathby.

Jessica White and Sara Richardson joined Appleby Heritage Centre, enrolling on advanced level Supporting Teaching and Learning apprenticeships in September 2016.  Jess works at Warcop Church of England Primary School and Sara at Morland Area Church of England School.  Both young ladies are working extremely well in the classroom at AHC and in their own work environments.


Appleby Heritage Centre is able to offer two engineering apprenticeship routes:

Engineering Manufacture Operator and Semi-Skilled: Pathway 3 Mechanical Manufacturing Engineering and Pathway 4 Engineering Maintenance and Installation.

The centre has a purpose equipped engineering workshop, where students can learn or improve their engineering skills in areas such as hand fitting, welding, fabrication and servicing  In 2016 the centre purchased a new metal cutter to complement our existing equipment and recently we purchased a guillotine to replace an aged piece of equipment.

We have enjoyed considerable success with both of these pathways.

Ashley Huschka completed an intermediate level apprenticeship working for Northern Trading (Cumbria) Ltd in Mechanical Manufacturing Engineering.  Since completing this apprenticeship Ashley has continued to study with AHC, completing a Level 3 Engineering qualification and he is currently working towards a Level 3 Light Vehicle Maintenance and Repair Principles qualification.

Tyler Scarr continues to work for Tunstall Tractors, Foggygill, Fell End having completed his intermediate level apprenticeship following pathway 4 – Engineering Maintenance and Installation.  Jack Wills, Darren Kelly-Metcalfe and Lee Maughan have all followed agricultural careers, using their agricultural engineering skills working on local farms after completing their intermediate level apprenticeship programmes.

Tom Alderson, having completed an intermediate level apprenticeship in Engineering decided that he wished to extend his practical skills to cover light vehicle maintenance and repair.  Tom has successfully completed a level 2 qualification and is currently enrolled on an advanced level Vehicle Maintenance and Repair apprenticeship.

Andrew Butterworth completed an intermediate level apprenticeship in Engineering and then took up an employment opportunity with Amey Mouchel, based at Penrith.


Nathan Broadhurst completed an advanced level Business Administration Apprenticeship with Appleby Heritage Centre, having already completed an intermediate level IT Application Specialist Apprenticeship.

Nathan was employed by a local company, Appleby Eden Valley Marketing, where he set up and ran their Ebay e-commerce site.

Having completed his apprenticeship programmes, Nathan took up an employment opportunity with Centre Parcs and continues to work at their Whinfell Forest complex.

Nathan is being recommended for an Assistant Manager position in Center Parcs and says that doing his Apprenticeships at Appleby Heritage Centre “ has really helped him”


Kelly-Anne Huddart completed an advanced level apprenticeship working at Bolton Nursery.  Kelly-Anne remained focussed throughout her time with Appleby Heritage centre and was successful in securing employment with Bolton Nursery.

Natasha Simpson started an advanced level Early Years Educator programme whilst working for Biggins Nursery at Newbiggin-on Lune (now based at Ravenstonedale). Natasha faced some very challenging personal difficulties which led to her taking an authorised break from her studies while she worked abroad for travel companies as a children`s worker / nanny.  When Natasha returned to the UK she showed a high level of commitment and determination and successfully completed her apprenticeship programme.  Natasha then decided to work and travel for a further period before recently returning to Cumbria to settle down again.  Natasha is currently working as a private nanny.

Katie Eggleston started work at Shining Stars Nursery in Appleby in 2014.  She enrolled with Appleby Heritage Centre on an intermediate level Children and Young Peoples` Workforce apprenticeship.  Katie successfully completed her apprenticeship and progressed to the advanced level Early Years` Educator programme.  Katie is still employed by Shining Stars Nursery and is a valued member of their staff.