Galatia apprentices go the extra Dekamile

From left: Charlie Grayson (Rotherham College), Kathryn Murdoch, Jordan Phillips, Andy McNaught, Ross Baines (all Galatia) and Rod Unger (Dekamile)

Two Galatia apprentices have made a big step towards helping a UK charity, as part of their celebrations for National Apprenticeship Week (March 3 – 7).

Ross Baines and Jordan Phillips took part in the Walk a mile for Dekamile event at Clifton Park in Rotherham, to raise money for the UK charity.

25 apprentices from Willmott Dixon Partnerships, Galatia, Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council, Rotherham College, SNA Europe, and Eaton’s Cooper Lighting and Safety, took part in the sponsored mile walk and raised £1,400.

The walk was one of six events held across the UK by Galatia and Willmott Dixon’s force of apprentices, as part of a company-wide challenge to raise £12,000 this year to go towards building a new skills academy in a village in Togo, West Africa.

The academy will provide members of the Togo community with construction skills and trade knowledge, to help support themselves for generations to come.

National Apprenticeship Week is being staged for the seventh year and is designed to celebrate apprenticeships and the positive impact they have on individuals, businesses and the economy.

Galatia’s Customer and Community Officer Kathryn Murdoch said: “We’re very proud of our apprentices for working together to help raise as much money as possible for Dekamile. Their fundraising effort towards building a new academy in Togo just shows what great ambassadors they are for the construction industry.”

Rod Unger is the founder of Dekamile. He said: “We’re really grateful for the ongoing support for our charity appeal. The apprentice’s donation and support to build a new academy is tremendous in helping us to achieve our aims.”

Galatia Board Member Mick Williamson said: “We were initially inspired to offer our support to Dekamile because every penny raised goes directly to the village, and the charity’s aims to leave lasting legacies are in line with our own practice in the UK. This new academy will enable us to reach communities much further afield and spread our ‘Skills 4 Life’ ethos to Agome-sevah in Togo. Our apprentices are at the centre of what we are hoping to achieve with this project. We are aiming to equip the villagers with skills and knowledge to fully support themselves.”

Dekamile aims to improve the community facilities in Agome-sevah – a remote village alongside the river Mono on the border between Togo and Benin.

Willmott Dixon Partnerships formed the joint venture company Galatia – An Acis Willmott Dixon Partnership with affordable housing provider Acis Group in 2012. The company is undertaking planned improvement works, responsive repairs and empty property works, and gas servicing and repairs to Acis homes located in South Yorkshire, Nottinghamshire and Lincolnshire.