A chance to work with an award-winning business with a worldwide reputation for innovation has given two apprentices an exciting start to their careers.

Georgia Fee, 19, and Chloe Ferguson, 17, have both started customer services apprenticeships with Forth Engineering.

Forth Engineering, which is based at Maryport, Barrow, and Cleator Moor, specialises in technology solutions for sectors which include nuclear, oil and gas, and renewables.

Georgia and Chloe both say they are gaining invaluable experience of working across the business, while also learning vital life skills and earning at the same time.

One day a fortnight they both attend college at Lillyhall through Gen 2 as part of their apprenticeship qualification.

Chloe and Georgia have both been working on developing an App for Forth which will help streamline the company’s internal processes as well as marketing its innovative robot products to potential buyers.

Georgia, 19, who completed her A-levels at the West Cumbria Catholic Sixth Form in Whitehaven, said: “I have been looking at the functionality of the app, working with managing director Mark Telford and a developer. The app will help the company in different ways so it’s great to be involved in a project like that.

“The benefit of working with a small business is that you get involved in lots of different areas. I do all the social media for Forth as well. It’s great to be developing these skills, and working towards a qualification at the same time.

“It’s also the life skills that an apprenticeship teaches you, such as learning to take responsibility and how to manage money.”

Chloe, 17, who attended Workington Academy Sixth Form, said: “Gaining experience of the working environment is key.

“You get to work with different people, meet new people and deal with lots of clients.

“I have been working in a range of different departments which gives you an overview of the whole business. I have been learning to use more software such as the Sage system which means I am able to help the accounts department with invoicing.

“My advice to anyone thinking of doing an apprenticeship would be don’t be scared. Coming from school you might think it’s daunting going into a working environment where it’s all adults. But if you get a good company like Forth it’s great. I would say go for it.”

Mark Telford, managing director of Forth, said: “Georgia and Chloe are excellent additions to the team. They have a great attitude, are developing their skills and experience and are making a positive impact.”