Meet the young apprentices

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Six new apprentices are helping to maintain council housing in the district thanks to an innovative employment scheme.

The scheme creates apprenticeships in traditional building crafts including joinery, plastering and plumbing.

Following an open day at Lancaster Town Hall in May, more than 140 school leavers applied for the scheme.

The six successful applicants, all aged between 16 and 20 and living in the Lancaster district, will be employed by Constructing the Future Lancashire. They will work towards a City & Guilds NVQ level three qualification.

The first recruit was Reece Robson McClintok, an apprentice joiner from Morecambe. He said: “I’m excited about joining the scheme because it allows me, over the next three years, to gain a wider range of experience.”