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Cumbria Careers Hub | Cumbria LEP | The Careers and Enterprise Company

Employers: your experience matters.

Support schools and colleges to shape futures and develop #CareersInCumbria.

We’re encouraging businesses in Cumbria to invest in young people to ensure sustainability, innovation and growth in an ever-changing marketplace. This is of particular importance as Cumbria faces an almost unique challenge in current projections of workforce decline, and the significant trials posed to young people as a result of COVID-19.

There are many ways employers can help develop the skills, aspirations and knowledge of young people in order to ensure a strong and healthy talent pool of local individuals with an interest in working in their business or industry.

Cumbria Careers Hub

Cumbria Careers Hub was launched in January 2019 and aims to strengthen meaningful encounters between young people and employers in schools and colleges county-wide. Working with Cumbria Local Enterprise Partnership and The Careers and Enterprise Company (CEC), it supports 48 schools, special schools and colleges across Cumbria to deliver world-class careers education.

Our network of business leaders drives partnerships between schools, colleges and the world of work, shaping young people’s futures, supporting school and college leaders in developing innovative, high quality careers education at the heart of young people’s learning journeys.

The Careers Hub offers a range of opportunities in Cumbria for organisations and their employees to engage and benefit from partnership with local schools and colleges:

  • Give an Hour asks individuals to volunteer one hour to share their career story and inspire the next generation;
  • The Enterprise Adviser Network invites senior business volunteers to give approximately 8 hours a month to a specific school or college and work strategically to strengthen and support career programmes; and
  • Becoming a Cornerstone Employer allows individuals to represent their sector and give a Cumbria-wide view.

Together, they aim to ensure all young Cumbrians are inspired and prepared for the world of work.

If you would like to be involved, or would like more information, please e-mail Careers Hub Manager, Cath Dutton:

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Virtual Work Experience

Cumbria’s employers have a strong track record of inspiring young people with meaningful experiences of the world of work. Speakers for Schools, and other providers, are working with employers to continue and enhance this support to reflect the challenges we currently face. At Speakers for Schools, our innovative, virtual, approach will customise ‘live’ employer-led opportunities for young people in our schools and colleges through:

  • Virtual Insight Days – shorter interactive sessions providing an overview of a sector, an employer, meeting people in different job roles, learning about their career journeys plus workshops in CV building and interview techniques.
  • Virtual Placements – longer 3-5 day project and team based activities, which often include presentations by students as well as workshops on CV building and interview techniques.

Your dedicated member of our team will work with you to develop your opportunity or placement. With access to a national network of good practice and training webinars for making the most of our portal and Google Classroom, we will provide a seamless service to facilitate and evaluate the impact of your virtual opportunities to students. Together, we can deliver a difference for young people. Together we can rewrite the story.

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Link Cumbria

We are building a network of small and medium sized employers to work with young people across Cumbria to understand the world of work.

The Link project’s Local Employer Engagement Coordinators will work with you to develop high quality, specific careers information about your organisation, your industry and roles to share with young people using a variety of engaging methods including world of work events, mock interviews, speed networking, interactive workshops and presentations to name a few.

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Your support in enabling young people to understand the world of work has never been more important and our coordinators will provide support that will help you identify how your knowledge, skills and expertise can be utilised to support young people across the county.

Let’s rewrite the story!

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Download our Employer and Employee leaflet

For further information on any of our programmes, please contact Careers Hub Manager, Cath Dutton:

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