A KEIGHLEY housing group has recruited six new apprentices.

The successful cohort was chosen from around 360 applicants to Incommunities.

Joining 16 existing apprentices at various stages of their training, the new recruits will split their time between developing 'on the job' skills and college learning.

Amongst the newcomers is Emma Thompson, Incommunities' first-ever horticultural apprentice.

She says: "I’m not your typical apprentice! I am 33 and have been a dental nurse for the last seven years, but my real passion has always been gardening. So when I decided to make the leap and look for a new job, I explored less-traditional routes.

"I saw an ad for a horticultural apprentice and thought it was too good to be true. I never expected to get the job!"

Sara Sheard, executive director of business operations at Incommunities, says: "The volume and standard of applications this year was outstanding. Apprenticeships provide valuable opportunities for everyone involved. We are delighted that we’ve been able to expand our scheme to include horticulture and cleaning."