Funded through the European Social Fund, and commissioned by the Skills Funding Agency, The Key and Launch Pad in Cumbria and Access to Employment and Moving On in Lancashire – aimed at adults and young people respectively - offers employers an opportunity to provide insight and experience, as well as target potential recruits.

Sarah Harrington, Operations Director and Nina Dixon, Contract Lead discuss how these inspiring programmes are making a real difference

Inspira engages with employers in both Cumbria and Lancashire through a range of activities and initiatives, giving them a platform to communicate the skills, qualities and attitudes they look for in their workforce.

All four of the programmes mentioned above are designed to help young people or adults into work or education/training through a personal development and career management programme focused around the skills employers need. 

Support includes a combination of one-to-one career coaching and workshops with employer input, culminating in mock or real-life interviews or introductions to employers.

On the flip side, both The Key and Access to Employment can help employers with their recruitment needs, such as filling live vacancies or offering ex-employees help in finding a new role following redundancies. 

The programmes are focused on the unemployed or economically inactive – so that could be young adults right through to people over-50 or women returning to work after having a family.

Each person that takes part in one of our programmes will have a unique experience and will work towards a tailored learning plan with access to workshops and accredited courses that will help them upskill and get ready for live vacancies or education and training opportunities. 

Maths, English and IT skills are popular courses. There is also training available in security, health & safety, first aid, retail and even a fork lift truck driver qualification.

The aim going forward is to do more work with centre based academies – developing the programmes further into the heart of local communities and supporting local employment needs, such as the care and hospitality industries. 

There are a lot of people who want our help and for us to do that we need to work with more employers across Cumbria and Lancashire. 

If you're an employer and would like to know more about how you can support these programmes please get in touch