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These young people are leaving The Academy with the core skills they need to have successful and fulfilling careers within the engineering industry.”

Holly Broadhurst, 18, Leek, Staffordshire, has joined JCB as a Higher Apprentice from The JCB Academy, where she was Head Girl, after successfully completing her A Levels and will work in the Design Office at JCB Compact Products, Cheadle.

She said: “The JCB Academy has prepared me well for the world of work because there was a big focus not just on text book learning but problem solving and projects. I was offered a place at Sheffield Hallam University but chose to become a Higher Apprentice with JCB because it offers the opportunity to study for a foundation degree and later a bachelor’s degree while working and earning a salary.”

Josh Machin, 16, of Blurton, Stoke-on-Trent, has also joined JCB from The JCB Academy and is Advanced Apprentice specialising in Electrical Engineering at JCB’s World HQ.

He said: “I originally came to JCB on work experience and thoroughly enjoyed it as the work I was involved in was really interesting. I then applied for an apprenticeship and I’m delighted to get this opportunity to work with the same team who looked after me on work experience.”


Stepney City Farm officially opens new buildings

As part of work starting at Stepney in east London to create one of Europe’s largest underground caverns, two new buildings have been officially opened by the Mayor of Tower Hamlets at the Stepney City Farm on Saturday, following a major redevelopment funded by Crossrail.

In exchange for Crossrail temporarily using a third of the farm’s land for tunnel construction, Crossrail has funded improvements including a new barn to house farm animals during the winter and a rural arts centre where children can learn ironmongery, pottery and woodwork skills.

More than 3,000 people visit the farm each month and the new facilities also provide classrooms for community courses, and space to sell produce including vegetables, eggs and jam.

Stepney City Farm officially opens new buildings

With work at the farm complete and the neighbouring land vacated, initial construction for the huge cavern is now underway which eventually will be where Crossrail’s two eastern branches to Shenfield and Abbey Wood will meet below ground. Once complete the cavern will be large enough to fit about 100 London double decker buses.

Mayor of Tower Hamlets Lutfur Rahman said: “I am pleased to be opening the new buildings at Stepney City Farm which have created a stronger than ever farm. As a local authority we are working closely with Stepney City Farm and Crossrail to help minimise the impacts and maximise the benefits for the local community during Crossrail’s construction phase.

Crossrail provides transport and economic benefits to the area and we support its work and I know that Crossrail’s funding of the animal barn and rural craft centre will provide even greater long lasting benefits for the local community.”

Construction of a major rectangular shaft at Crossrail’s Stepney Green worksite is well underway. When finished the shaft will be 34.5 metres deep and allow for works to begin on the cavern that will be 17 metres wide, 13 metres high and up to 70 metres long. Once complete, this new underground cavern would have the capacity equivalent to six Olympic swimming pools.

A concrete batching plant will be constructed on site to manufacture the concrete that will be used to construct the cavern.

Two of Crossrail’s large tunnel boring machines, Victoria and Elizabeth, will pass through the shaft and cavern later next year on their way to Farringdon via Canary Wharf, Whitechapel and Liverpool Street stations.



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