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National award for Sellafield apprentices

The Sellafield Ltd Brathey Challenge group Credit: Sellafield Ltd

A team from Sellafield have been named Apprentice Team of the Year, jointly with a group from Scarborough, in the 2015 Brathey Apprentice Challenge competition.

The teams from Sellafield Ltd and Dale Power Solutions both raised money for charity over the course of the year.

A total of 50 groups and 700 apprentices were involved in the competition, and they visited schools and were involved in community projects, as well as raising money.

The Sellafield team raised nearly £9,000 for North Lakes Foodbank, and also put plenty of volunteering hours in.

They came joint top with the group from Dale Power Solutions, who raised around £2,000 for St Catherine's Hospice and helped refurbish a local shelter.

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Gen2 bucks national trend

Only 4.3 per cent of the UK's Engineering and Manufacturing apprenticeships were completed by women over 2010/2011.

But one Cumbrian training facility has a female uptake of almost 50%.

Gen2 runs a technical specialist training scheme at Energus in conjunction with companies like Sellafield Limited, Morgan Sindall, and the National Nuclear Laboratory.

It believes its high female uptake is partly to do with the structure of its the course, which has been running since 2007.

10k challenge for County Council apprentices

Apprentices at Cumbria County Council are taking part in a 10k walk to raise money for a community project.

They're building a garden at Mill Lane Day Services in Walney, a centre for adults with learning disabilities.

The team is hoping to be crowned 2014 Apprentice Team of the Year.

"We're really excited about doing the sponsored walk to raise money for the garden at Mill Lane. Creating a garden for the service users will be the high point of the whole Brathay Challenge. It's been hard work to organise everything on top of doing our apprenticeships, but we've all learnt a lot."

– Laura Mills, Cumbria County Council apprentice
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