Tool boost for Peco apprentice

PECO in Beer has been donated tool making tools by a generous Sidmouth resident.

The model railway track manufacturer was given kit including micrometers and sine bars by John Bailey, of Newlands Road.

He got the idea after hearing a presentation about the firm’s apprenticeship scheme at a Probus Club meeting.

“As a tradesman, these tools are what you have to buy along the way,” he said. “I thought rather than them staying in my garage and going rusty, they could be put to good use.”

The tools are being used by apprentice toolmaker Tristan Wakeley, 23, from Seaton. One year in to a four-year National Certificate in Engineering course at Exeter College, he said they came at the perfect time.

“They’re useful for everything I do,” he said. “It’s an intricate job and takes a lot of time and effort, and the equipment is expensive, so John’s donation is financially rewarding as well.”

In return, Peco donated �100 to the charity Sail4Heroes, which John is involved with through Otter Valley Rotary Club.