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'I've been below rock bottom'

Brendan Richardson Photo: ITV Border

How would you cope if you were told your chosen career was over?

For Brendan Richardson it so nearly was - his hand was crushed in an accident while on a college course three years ago.

Over time his hand began to heal, but the injury didn't just drain him physically:

With help, Brendan overcame his struggles with depression.

And in September he began an apprenticeship with a local painting firm.

He's got his life back on track, and his new employer says apprentices can be a real help to businesses:

  • There are currently more than 5,500 apprenticeship schemes - that's down 290 on two years ago
  • An estimated eight out of ten apprentices will get work after their scheme finishes