Tackling Unemployment

Targeted training provision to get people into work.

Cumbria Local Enterprise Partnership is working with employers, partners and wider stakeholders to address skills issues and support direct training provision for young people who are not in employment, education or training.

There is a raft of activity either already underway or being planned for the coming years, including employer-led ‘work academies’ with guaranteed job interviews for all participants who complete the scheme and a literacy, numeracy and IT skills improvement programme to develop the core skills needed for sustained employment and progression.

A key objective is to support those who are unemployed and underemployed in Cumbria to obtain the skills they need, especially in literacy, numeracy and ICT, which will enable them to progress, including to qualifications at Levels 2 and 3. A Level 2 specific qualification programme is also being planned for those who are unemployed or underemployed and claiming state benefits.

Another identified need is for community learning provision to be aligned much more closely with local employment opportunities. ‘Re-skilling’ support provision will also be required to help people secure employment in different roles, occupations or sectors.

An agreement will be sought from the lead developer for the new build nuclear power station at Moorside, stipulating the number of unemployed residents that will be recruited through the work academies.

  • Supporting employers to recruit from unemployed residents.
  • Helping unemployed people obtain skills in literacy, numeracy and ICT.
  • Supporting adults to achieve a first full Level 2 qualification.
  • Skills support for those affected by redundancy and economic restructuring.
  • Promoting learning as a pathway out of economic inactivity.