Seven new apprentices have started their careers with leading Cumbrian construction company Story Homes.

The trainees will work on bricklaying, joinery and technical programmes across company projects in Cumbria, Scotland, the North West and North East.

The seven were chosen at apprentice assessment centres earlier this year beating tough competition from a number of applicants.

They are design apprentices Eden Lewis, George Taggart and Timothy Ryder, apprentice joiner Connor Mitchell, apprentice bricklayers Chloe Bland, Leon Grey and Aaron Clydesdale.

As part of their training they took part in a five-day team building and induction programme with Story Homes partner Brathay in Cumbria to build their confidence and boost their problem solving skills.

Shelley Hayward, head of HR at Story Homes, said: “Following on from the success of last year’s apprenticeship scheme, we are delighted to welcome seven new recruits into the business.

“It is crucial that our apprentices are confident, alert to potential risks, and eager to learn the skills necessary to operate in what can be a daunting environment, which is why we introduce them to Story Homes with this residential activity week.

"The apprentices have all enjoyed getting to know each other and are starting to build these vital skills. We look forward to working with this year’s intake and to seeing them grow and progress during their time with us.”

The apprentices – who are training towards an NVQ level two and three qualifications – were also given the opportunity to meet senior staff.