Copeland Work and Skills Partnership group has commissioned Inspira to organise work-experience placements for unemployed adults in the Borough. The aim of the year long contract is to arrange work-placements for 50 unemployed people with a minimum of 25 different employers.

“A lack of work-experience can be a barrier to people securing employment and this has been recognised by the partnership as part of a mid-term review,” said Deborah Naylor, Area Operations Manager for Inspira in West Cumbria.

“We specialise in providing careers advice and guidance to young people and adults throughout Cumbria. So we are really pleased to have won the contract as we believe that it will make a real difference to the job outcomes for unemployed people.”

Chris Gibson, Deputy Area Manager for Inspira in the West who is managing the contract and says, ‘We are really looking forward to helping people on their journey to work. Having recent experience of the work-place can be a real confidence boost to people who have been out of work for a while; it’s something to write about in a job application/CV and talk about in an interview."

Work experience delivery will be part of an overall programme of activities being delivered by the partnership until June 2019. Copeland Borough Council is the lead for the Programme whilst Copeland Community Fund is funding the activities.

Inspira will negotiate placements with local employers that match the individual’s career interests while also aiming to target priority sectors such as construction, engineering, health and social care outlined in the Cumbria LEP Plan.

Several employers have already come forward, including Copeland Borough Council to offer work-placements.