An outdoor adventure company has created 100 new jobs across its 34 locations in the country, which will young people get their feet on the career ladder.

Go Ape, which has a base at Whinlatter Forest Park near Keswick, has opened roles in local marketing, customer experience, construction, photography and retail.

The move is in support of the UK Government’s Kickstart programme.

Site manager at Go Ape Whinlatter, Barry Hobbs, said: “With the loss of the larches around the visitor centre at Whinlatter, we will have to rebuild our course in the next year or two.”

The Whinlatter site will have a KickStart vacancy for a marketing and research assistant.

The Government Kickstart initiative is a new £2bn scheme to get young people into work. It is open to 16-24 year olds who are at risk of long-term unemployment.

The training programme, in partnership with the Prince’s Trust, will involve core life and work skills such as resilience and wellbeing, communication skills and building confidence in the workplace.

The Prince’s Trust director of public and private sector fundraising, Ben Marson also said: “At this critical time, a Kickstart placement can give a young person a much-needed opportunity to gain experience and build their confidence and skills for work.

“We can’t wait to work with Go Ape and the young people coming on to these exciting new roles.”