A construction firm has launched a virtual work experience programme for young people across the UK.

Story Contracting, based in Carlisle, has adapted its work experience programme in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

The ‘One of Ten Story Summer School’ will give 10 young adults, aged from 15 to18, the chance to join the business throughout August.

The students will spend the week virtually working with various departments across the business, as well as having the opportunity to visit one of Story’s critical projects.

Applications are open now and will close on Monday.

The programme is open to young people across Story's operational areas in Scotland, Yorkshire, Birmingham, Chorley and Cumbria.

Chief executive Jason Butterworth said: “During the pandemic a lot of work experience and placement opportunities for young adults have sadly been suspended across the country.

“At Story Contracting, we want to make sure our investment in the next generation can continue even during these most challenging of times, so we have created this new concept to allow our work experience programme to safely go ahead. We look forward to virtually welcoming the winning 10 candidates next month for what will be a very unique experience in their education and personal development.”

Throughout the summer, Story will also be offering career tips and free online business skills courses for young people. More details are available on the company's website.