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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.”
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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.
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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