Ambitious students at an Egremont school took part in an apprenticeship day to prepare them for the world of work.

Sixth form pupils at West Lakes Academy met with representatives from Sellafield Ltd, Gen 2, RWP Training and Atkins.

They spoke to students about the various apprenticeship programmes available while current apprentices were on hand to share their personal experiences and offer advice.

Rachel Denwood, head of the academy’s sixth form, organised the event.

She said, “I arrange the apprenticeship day every year to give the students the education and understanding they need to choose the future pathway which is best for them.

"We invite local businesses and apprenticeship providers in to present and meet with a number of our post 16 students to inspire and motivate them into applying for apprenticeships.

"It is fantastic when these companies bring in ex-West Lakes Academy students who are current apprentices to share their stories with our sixth formers."

The day was organised to help the pupils understand the different types of apprenticeships available, the application process and how to be successful.

Vice principal Barry Simpson said: “This event gives students opportunities to meet with local and national providers of advanced level and degree level apprenticeships, so that students can develop an awareness of their potential future careers.”

Year 12 student Kate Farrer, who attended the event, said: “It was very helpful in informing us about opportunities available after sixth form, and broadening our awareness of companies in the area.”