A talented former apprentice is working towards becoming an associate project manager with a successful engineering firm.

Chloe Ferguson, 19, joined engineering solutions experts Forth in 2019 as an apprentice in customer service and since completing her apprenticeship showed an interest in gaining an Association for Project Management (APM) qualification.

Over the next two years, she will work on projects including CHIMERA2, a robot which inspects pressure vessels, and RESURGAM, which carries out robotic survey, repair and agile manufacturing.

Chloe said: “I’m so grateful for the opportunities I’ve been given at Forth, and I’m really enjoying learning while working at such an incredible company.

“It would have been the logical step to do the business administration course after my customer service apprenticeship, but the team acknowledged that I wanted to learn more about the engineering side of the business and they have given me the chance to develop my career here.

“I am allowed to experiment and try new things here and that means there is a lot of variety with the job, and I’m enjoying working on all aspects of the business. I have already learned so much, and I’m looking forward to developing these skills further.

“I am being given excellent support to develop my learning, and I can’t wait until the day when I am at a stage where I can lead on projects here at Forth.”

Mark Telford, the managing director of Forth, said: “At Forth, we are very passionate about giving long term opportunities to the younger generation, and we are really pleased to support Chloe on her journey.

“Since joining us two years ago, Chloe has shown great interest and willingness to develop across all areas of engineering, and her aptitude in the industry tells us that she will go a long way in the industry.

“It is great to have on board somebody with Chloe’s drive, enthusiasm and hunger to learn new skills, and we look forward to helping her forge the career she has shown such a passion for.”

Forth has main headquarters in Flimby as well as bases in Cleator Moor and Barrow.