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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


Secretary of State works as Borders apprentice

Michael Moore MP Credit: PA

The Secretary State for Scotland, Michael Moore, is working as an apprentice in the Borders, as part of a campaign to encourage more businesses to run apprenticeships.

The Borders MP is spending time at Mainetti, a company based in Jedburgh who produce coat hangers.

He believes that the creation of apprenticeships will help tackle youth unemployment in the Borders.

Cumbrian firm highlights importance of apprenticeships

A Cumbrian firm is taking part in a challenge highlighting the importance of apprenticeships.

A group of apprentices from Innovia Films in Wigton has been sprucing up a centre in the town used by people with learning disabilities.

As part of the Brathay Apprenticeship Challenge, the company are hoping to encourage more young people to consider apprenticeships as an alternative to further education.

Engineers and electricians have been working to improve the facilities at the Chrysalis Centre.

Greig Hill from Innovia films and Kay Elliot-Irwin from Chrysalis explain the benefits of apprenticeships:

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