Cumbria Fire Service is only the second in the country to offer thisprogramme which will provide the youngsters with recognised professionalqualifications including BTECS and diploma's. Adrian Buckle from Cumbria Fire and Rescue said:
This is part of a wider initiative within the County council that has beenrunning for the past two years. So far 48 apprentices have been taken onacross all departments- nearly thirty of whom are now being directlyemployed by the council on a fulltime basis. Karl Relph was one of the first to be accepted onto the scheme last year, he is now employed as an administrator for the Fire Service.
For today's new recruits the journey is just beginning. Sam Findlay is one of the eight beginning her training today:
Cumbria County Council are currently advertising for a new intake ofconstruction apprentices, applications can be made via their website.