Around 37 local people started their employment journey this morning (Tuesday 25th of June) with security firm Three Lions for the summer.  

To celebrate the occasion, Mike Starkie, Mayor of Copeland and local councillor Emma Williamson visited Three Lions and waved off the new security guards, who’s first assignment is Glastonbury. 

Three Lions joint owner, Barry Horabin from Whitehaven said, “this is a great opportunity for people in West Cumbria. Everyone is really pleased to be heading off today.” 

Inspira and local Training and Security company Three Lions have worked together to upskill local unemployed people to be qualified and licenced door supervisor and security guards.   

“It’s fantastic to see these young people go off to represent themselves at an event of international importance like Glastonbury. Said Mke Starkie, Mayor of Copeland. “I commend them on completing their course and I’m sure they will use this opportunity to increase their skills and experience and move forward in their industry. This kind of tailored training is clearly effective, and I congratulate Inspira and its partners.” 

The pre-employment programme was funded through the European Social Fund, and commissioned by The Skills Funding Agency on behalf of the Cumbria LEP and LESE partnership respectively.   

Councillor, Emma Williamson said, “It’s great to see another successful group of people gaining employment thanks to the collaboration of Inspira and Three Lions. Partnership working around employability skills and opportunities is key to enabling those who require up skilling, training and often chance is clearly the key to success. Well done to all those who worked hard to achieve the accreditation and secure employment."   

Inspira delivers sector focused pre-employment programmes throughout Cumbria. They are designed to match job seekers with live local job opportunities. The programmes aims are to update and improve the skills of participants so that they can compete effectively in the labour market. The programmes also make provision to support those with multiple and complex barriers to work, addressing any underlying issues and boosting their employability.  

Deborah Naylor, Area Operations Manager said, “The Inspira team are helping people to move into and progress in sustainable employment.  We are doing this by providing bespoke employment support as not everyone has the same barriers or job goals, so we tailor our support to be as effective as we can be.  We have a great local training support network which is proven by the work that Three Lions have carried out not only offering first class training but by employing the people they have trained, giving them a great opportunity over the summer gaining valuable work experience that will look great on a CV."    

Inspira and thousands of other organisations help transform the lives of jobseekers and their communities in their local area. On Friday the 28th which is UK Employability Day, these organisations will be celebrating the work they do and underline the critical work of providers.