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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.