Hailsham company helps students 4000 miles away

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A Hailsham company is helping students get on the career ladder – four thousand miles away in Uganda.

And it’s urging other local businesses to follow suit to boost the prospects of other youngsters working hard to escape poverty in the village of Kabubbu.

Precision engineering firm, Metaltech, of Diplocks Way, has linked up with the Herstmonceux charity, Quicken Trust, to sponsor three apprentices in the village through their vocational training.

The trio are learning skills which will give them a great chance of a job and a brighter future.

Operations director, Alec Hill, said: “We have apprentices on schemes at Metaltech and we thought if we could get something similar running in Kabubbu it would be more useful for the community.

“We went to Quicken with the idea and they came up with three candidates.

“We thought giving people skills rather than just money would provide something tangible for the community.”

Quicken Founder, Geoff Booker, said: “It’s a fantastic gesture which will make a huge difference to the lives of these three students. With practical skills and professional qualifications, they have a great chance of a career and the sort of future people in the village could only ever dream about. I hope it inspires other companies to get involved. It doesn’t cost much but it means everything to youngsters in Kabubbu.”