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£7m construction centre opens at Lakes College

The new state-of-the-art construction centre Credit: ITV News Border

A new £7 million state-of-the-art construction centre is being opened in west Cumbria.

The site, based at Lakes College, will give hundreds of young people in the county the opportunity to learn construction skills.

The Britain's Energy Coast Construction Skills Centre has been paid for largely through grants from the nuclear industry.


Students take part in 'The A Factor' at Lakes College

Ten young people in Cumbria have embarked on a week long training course called 'The A Factor', as part of 'National Apprentice Week'.

They have been taking part in team building exercises and interview preparation under the eye of potential employers.

At the end of the week they will find out if they have secured a year long apprenticeship following a series of interviews.

Lorraine Irving, who is the Business and Community Manager at Lakes College, told ITV Border what the course is all about: