In Furness and North Lancashire, a pre-employment programme with the NHS was run in-conjunction with Inspira, Furness and Lancaster & Morecambe colleges as well as the Jobcentres in Lancaster, Morecambe and Barrow.
While over 100 people expressed an interest in the pilot programme, 26 people actually undertook the course. Twelve candidates were selected for roles within the two hospitals and care providers based in Lancaster and Barrow.
Allan Porter, a participant in Barrow said, "The Programme has built my teamwork skills which has improved my confidence. When I first came to Inspira my confidence was very low and I am now delighted to have just been offered a new role with the NHS as a Domestic."

The programme consisted of three components – development of employability skills, an accredited college course and a live work placement – followed by opportunities to apply for live vacancies within the hospitals and care sector.
Through a supported application process which included a session looking at the NHS as an employer, the roles available and opportunities within the organisation
for progression and development, potential candidates were then offered a place on the programme.
Inspira ran the employability skills section which included personal development,
creating a stand out CV and cover letter and tailoring applications where clients learnt the importance of matching the job and person specifications against their skills and qualities. Advisers also led a session on how to win at interviews which involved preparation for different kinds of interviews and employer-led interview experience; this was supported by local employers including BAE, Lakeland Care and Johnston Recruitment.
”Using social media including Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn for professional networking and job search opportunities and creating a positive digital footprint, were an important part of the programme,” said Lisa Thomason, Inspira Adviser.