Three years ago, Brendan Richardson's hand was crushed in an accident and doctors told him he'd never work as a painter and decorator again. Since then, he's fought depression and feelings of worthlessness - and is now back in employment.
Three years ago Brendan Richardson's hand was crushed in an accident.
He fought depression and was out of work, but says getting an apprenticeship has turned his life around:
A Cumbrian engineering training course has a female uptake of almost 50%.
But only 4.3% of Engineering and Manufacturing apprenticeships were completed by women in 2010/2011.
Kim Inglis went to find out how Gen2 is bucking the 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.
A team of apprentices from Cumbria County Council are aiming to come out on top in a national competition.
The group, which set out on a 10 kilometre sponsored walk from Carlisle Castle this afternoon, are taking part in the Brathway Apprentice challenge.
They're raising money to build a garden at a centre for adults with learning disabilities:
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.
A group of Cumbria County Council apprentices are taking part in a 10km walk to raise money for a community project.
The team is hoping to be crowned 2014 'Apprentice Team of the Year'.
They're building a garden at Mill Lane Day Services in Walney which is centre for adults with learning disabilities.
A skills fair in Carlisle, spreading the word about apprenticeships, has proved popular.
14 companies sponsored the event - hundreds of teenagers took advantage.
Ryan Dollard reports.