Two apprentices shine at world-class business

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 Fee

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 every fortnight they both attend college at Lillyhall through Gen Il 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 St Benedict’s 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 Ferguson

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: “Both Georgia and Chloe are excellent

additions to the Forth team. They have a great attitude, are developing their skills and

experience all the time, and are both making a positive impact on our business.”