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Scheme to support nearly 100 apprentice roles in Eden district

Logic Plumbing Heating and Electrical were one of the businesses to benefit from the scheme Credit: Eden District Council

A scheme to support apprentice roles in the Eden district has lead to over 100 new jobs and £125,000 in grants to local businesses over the year.

The scheme, by the Appleby Heritage Centre and Eden District Council supported 57 employers and 62 apprentices. A further 12 businesses and 24 apprenticeship opportunities are being worked on.

Our aim is to grow the economy in Eden. To do this, businesses need access to a skilled workforce. The scheme will support our communities by providing opportunities for young people to gain employment and skills for their future. With so many employers taking advantage of the scheme, we are delighted that we have been able to extend it until March 2018.

– Paul Walker, Business Marketing Office, Eden District Council
apprenticeships have been supported.

Logic have found the grants a valuable contribution to the cost of employing and training apprentices in the Eden area. They were a factor in deciding to continue to offer apprenticeship opportunities.

– Jim Chalmers, Logic Plumbing Heating and Electrical

WATCH: New training facility for west Cumbria

A new multi-million pound training facility is to be built in west Cumbria. It will be the biggest of its kind in the UK and allow training company Gen 2 to double the number of apprentices and other learners it can train.

The investment is designed to cope with a growing demand for skilled workers, particularly in the nuclear industry as plans progress for three new reactors at Moorside near Sellafield.


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.


WATCH: Apprenticeship turns Brendan's life around

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.

'Ten times better than I was before'

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:

WATCH: engineering apprentices

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.

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