Copeland Council has welcomed five new apprentices to the organisation.

The council’s apprenticeship programme has employed people in environmental health, economic development, open spaces, and revenues and benefits departments.

Mike Starkie, Copeland mayor, said: “It’s great to welcome another cohort of apprentices to our work family.

"Last year’s intake have added immeasurably to our skills base and having met these new staff I am sure they will do just the same.”

The apprentices will learn the skills needed for specific roles, and study for academic qualifications along the way.

The apprenticeships last from 18 months to three years and it is hoped they will lead to permanent jobs within the council.

Reece Crickett and Kevin Murray join open spaces, Andrew Sinclair is in revenues and benefits, Maya McGrady is in community support and Leah Scott is in environmental health.

Mr Starkie added: “Apprenticeships like this are an incredible opportunity for us as a workforce. Employment and skills is one of our priorities.

"This scheme means we can make sure we have the skills we need whilst providing good jobs and training for local people.”

The apprentices will work with Lakes College, Newton Rigg and Gen2 to gain NVQ qualifications. The scheme has been supported by Inspira, Citizens Advice and Lakes College. The training element of the programme is funded by the National Apprentice Levy.