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Ryan's African adventure.

HARD work has paid off for a Teesside apprentice whisked away on the trip of a lifetime to Mount Kilimanjaro.

Ryan Olone, Remit automotive apprentice from Grangetown's CAT UK, is among a team of four apprentices from across the UK and four Remit team members currently on the 12-day visit to Tanzania.

The trip was set up by national training provider, Remit, as a prize for those apprentices who came top at the company's national awards, held in December 2012. Ryan, 21, right, from Middlesbrough, was named Vehicle Paint Technician Apprentice of the Year.

In Tanzania, the team will spend time with workers from the Village Education Project Kilimanjaro, a charity, set up in 1994 teaching children and young people in villages on the slopes of Mount Kilimanjaro.

Steve Yardley, Remit's chief operating officer, said: "We wanted to offer the young people who have excelled and shown true potential, just how much we value them. The majority of the trip won't be a holiday. There'll be lots to do and learn and it's a real experience for anyone to see how people live in rural poverty in a country like Tanzania."

Remit has been supporting the charity for two years, providing tools and resources to enable them to set up a new vocational centre teaching motor mechanics.

The team will learn more about the charity and meet the young people who benefit.

They will also help to plant trees and find out what life's like for women running their homes in the rural villages.

At the end of their trip they will head out on Safari, to see Tanzania's wildlife in its natural habitat.
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Publication:Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)
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Date:Apr 12, 2013
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