DEARNE communities are among those to feel the benefit of a new apprenticeship scheme.

Barnsley-based Berneslai Homes have expanded their Community Refurbishment Scheme to provide 20 modern apprenticeship opportunities.

The scheme allows apprentices to carry out environmental works including improvements to boundary walls, fences and off-street car parking. Work begins soon at the Bellbrooke Estate, Darfield, on 59 council properties. The Community Refurbishment Scheme works in partnership with Barnsley Community Build.