On Tuesday 10th September, Tracey McEwan and Katie Sproat took the Pre-Apprentices on a road trip to Yew Tree Dairy in Skelmersdale and Applied Component Technology Ltd (ACT) in Wrexham. It was a fair outing but a very interesting and insightful day!

As the majority of our Pre-Apprentices are on dairy farms, it was a great opportunity for the students to visit the Yew Tree factory and learn about the process after the milk is taken from the farm. Our sincere thanks  to Carl Woodcock, Director of Yew Tree Dairy, for showing the group around the factory and explaining the process of bottling milk for the domestic market and drying milk into power for international export. It was an eye-opening visit and showed the group how extensive the dairy industry is. The visit was kindly organised by one of our mentors, Scott McGill, as his milk goes to Yew Tree Dairy.

In the afternoon, the group headed further south to ACT which supplies the automative industry with interior components and was a chance for the students to see a different industry. The visit made the students aware of the variety of jobs there is in a factory and the processes carried out to create products which are then exported. Milburn Paterson, CEO of ACT, kindly took the Pre-Apprentices around each product station and demonstrated how each component is put together to create specific products. We are very thankful to him for the time he took out his day to host us.

If you are interested to find out more information about our Pre-Apprenticeship Programme (student or mentor!), please speak to Tracey McEwan, tracey.mcewan@tarffvalley.co.uk or 07785 657861.