Aspiring apprentices for 2020 have not been beaten by Covid-19.

Leading training firm Gen2 was due to hold more than 300 face-to-face candidate interviews, starting this week, for the next round of apprenticeships at Sellafield Ltd.

They had to be scrapped due to the Government lockdown, but Gen2 and the company which runs the sprawling West Cumbrian nuclear complex have moved the interviews online.

It is hoped that the collaborative and flexible way of working will enable students to start their apprenticeships during the usual induction week in September.

A Gen2 spokesman said; "Understanding the need for the interviews to progress as planned, Gen2 and Sellafield Ltd have sought a solution, agreeing to use a range of modern technology to conduct the interviews remotely.

"The interviews have commenced this week and are proving to be a great success."

The spokesman added that Gen2 was working with other organisations and businesses across the county to make sure their apprenticeship recruitment campaigns stay on track, despite the challenges presented due to the coronavirus pandemic.

To support existing students, Gen2, based at Lillyhall, near Workington, is also providing remote learning so apprenticeships can continue.

Gen2 was established in 2000 as an employer-owned training provider in West Cumbria. Now part of the City and Guilds Group, it is one of the UK’s largest training providers to the nuclear sector.