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TTE Apprentices in safe hands at Cleveland Fire Brigade during National Apprenticeship Week

Posted 9th March 2015 By Ben

TTE is teaming up with Cleveland Fire Brigade to highlight the range of skills of its engineering students as part of National Apprenticeship Week (9-13 March).

Two TTE apprentices, Michael Gray, 20, from Redcar and Nathan Hunter, 20, from Hartlepool, will spend the week with the Brigade helping to deliver free Home Fire Safety Visits across the area.

Cleveland Fire Brigade carries out thousands of free Home Fire Safety Visits each year, visiting people’s homes by prior appointment to give the householder specific fire safety advice to help prevent a fire in their home and to help them in planning their escape route if a fire does occur. Where necessary the Brigade will also provide and fit smoke alarms for free.

The Brigade particularly targets its Home Fire Safety Visits on locations where there is a higher risk of fire, including the homes of older or disabled people, but anyone living in the Cleveland area can request a free home fire safety visit.

After undertaking an induction programme at Billingham Fire Station, which included sessions on health and safety, confidentiality and home fire safety, the two apprentices will join up with Fire Brigade Advocates Margaret Yull and Lee Toogood.

Nathan, who is a Tees Valley Production Technician apprentice sponsored by Lucite, will work alongside Margaret Yull visiting homes in Hartlepool. Michael, an electrical apprentice on placement at SABIC, will be paired with Lee who covers the Redcar area.

Michael Gray said: ‘The Fire Safety Visits are a really important part of the Brigade’s work and I’m looking forward to working with their team.’

Nathan Hunter said: ‘This will be a new experience for me and a great opportunity to develop my skills and work with the public.’

Steve Grant, Managing Director of TTE, said: ‘Our training programmes are designed to arm our apprentices with a wide range of skills and experiences that will benefit them in their future careers.

‘Working with Cleveland Fire Bridge will enable the two apprentices to apply some of their skills in a new and different environment than they are used to, but no less important. Safety is at the heart of everything we do at TTE and Nathan and Michael will be great advocates for that commitment when they visit people’s homes with the Fire Brigade team.’

Steve McCarten, Cleveland Fire Brigade’s Hartlepool and Stockton District Manager, said: ‘We are delighted to give Michael and Nathan this chance to work with us as part of National Apprenticeship Week.

‘Our Home Fire Safety visits are a major part of our work to protect people across Cleveland and require a high level of technical, communication and other skills. We are sure Nathan and Michael will really enjoy the experience and learn a lot from it.’

To book a Home Fire Safety visit, call 01429 874063 visit Cleveland Fire Brigade’s website at