Two Cumbrian students have been doing work experience with a local home builder.

Genesis Homes has supported the two year 10 students during their work experience placement week.

Zak Parkin from Ullswater Community College and Charlie English from Richard Rose Morton Academy both spent a week finding out about the house building industry, experiencing a range of industry experience including commercial, building and site management.

Zak, who was based on Genesis Homes’ Sanders Brow development at Armathwaite, said: “I really enjoyed my work experience last week, gaining a good insight into difference aspects of working on construction sites and I got to see what all of the trades did.

"I’m doing A levels next year and I’m seriously considering going into the construction industry.”

Genesis Homes, based in Penrith, currently employs four apprentices and says the high ratio of apprentices to full-time staff reflects its commitment to training young people and helping to retain and develop skills locally.

Nicky Gordon, Genesis Homes managing director, said: “The housebuilding and construction industries are key contributors to employment in Cumbria and we’re committed to helping young people develop skills to build the quality houses our county needs for the future.

"We’ve enjoyed having both Zak and Charlie in the business and hope they will go on to pursue a career in construction.”