Two Leeds College of Building students have returned from an incredible experience after gaining places on an all-expenses-paid trip to northern Spain for three days.
The Roof Slating and Tiling apprentices travelled to the famous CUPA PIZARRAS quarries in Ponferrada to see first-hand where slate is excavated and manufactured for international distribution. The quarries are the largest tectonic natural slate reserves in the world.
Apprentices Andrew Addison and Sam Edwards were selected for their exceptional standard of work and commitment to their training over the last academic year.
The apprentices saw for themselves the production of slate on a massive scale at the world’s largest slate quarry and observed how stone is extracted from the ground, selected, and hand-split.
The pair visited the on-site showroom, toured the immense quarry site, watched demonstrations, and tried out some of the difficult techniques themselves.