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Apprentice Team Building Residentials

Some apprentices would say it is the highlight of their year!  Others prefer to stay indoors...  Find out what they get up to on the annual residential course here!

An integral part of any Hydram apprenticeship is the opportunity to attend not one, but two, residential trips.  The first year trip is an excellent team building opportunity, designed to bind the apprentice group together.  It takes place in October allowing the new apprentice group, who start the program in the September, to work together and develop working relationships.  The activities are designed to push apprentices out of their individual comfort zones, encourage them to support each other and overcome personal challenges.

Hydram first year apprentices set off gorge walking

ABOVE:  The 2015 Apprentice Group (back row left to right) Tyler Kettridge, James Adams, Kieren Jowett, Hayley Scarr, Savannah-Rose Turnbull, Amy Stockill, Neil Mawson - Training Manager, Owen Jones - Graduate Engineer. (front row left to right) Peter Thompson, Jamie Dalton.

Hydram apprentices on the ropes activity

ABOVE:  Ladder climbing challenge, Weardale

Hydram apprentices canoeing

ABOVE:  Canoeing on Ulswater, Cumbria

The second year trip is an altogether different residential.  Apprentices are challenged with a range of activities unknown to them until they arrive at the first destination.  These activities are designed to strengthen bonds between them to form a productive problem solving group.  Second year apprentices are issued nothing more than a kit list and a mission briefing.

Hydram apprentices get lost on the moors

ABOVE:  The 2014 Apprentice Group (left to right), James Rhymer, Neil Mawson - Training Manager, Christopher Richardson, Liam Craggs, Lewis Mawson, Sophy Bage, Peter McAuley – Project Engineer

Hydram apprentices at lead mine entrance

ABOVE: Mine Exploring, Smallclough Mine, Weardale.

Apprentices build their own raft

ABOVE:  Raft building on Sweethope Lough, Northumberland.


Previous activities have included:

Gorge walking

High ropes


Mine exploring


Raft building

Evading capture

Find out what previous apprentices thought:

2015 Residentials Report

Company Profile Established in 1977 and employing over 250 people in its 115,000 square foot facility, Hydram Sheet Metalwork is one of the largest sheet metal fabrication companies in Europe.  The company is committed to providing outstanding manufacturing services working closely with customers to establish long-term partnerships. Read More >
Our People Hydram Sheet Metalwork currently employs over 250 people in its precision sheet metal fabrication business.  It is committed to staff development, training and retention, and understands the importance attached to the role its staff plays in the overall success of the business. Read More >