Personal development and career management experts Inspira have launched a new service for adults across the county called The Key, and want employers with vacancies to make contact.
The programme's aim is to help unemployed people and people who have been inactive in the labour market to find work through a vacancy-led work academy.
The service is designed to be bespoke and fit the needs of the individual person. Starting with an individual learner assessment and plan, Inspira Advisers will help people build on their current skills to ensure they are ready for the world of work.
"As the programme is based on a vacancy-led academy we are essentially matching the needs of the local labour market to the help and training we provide to clients," said Mark Bowman, Chief Executive of Inspira. "Which means people are better prepared and possess the skills employers are looking for with regards to live vacancies."
It is an intensive programme which involves personal development skills like confidence, collaboration and resilience, as well as individual support such as career coaching and working to address any specific personal or social barriers.
"We are working closely with employers in the county to really understand their recruitment needs now and over the next 12 months so that we can prepare appropriate candidates for these opportunities," continued Mr Bowman.
"The services we provide at Inspira, which include the National Careers Service, can be seen as wrap around provision for people looking for work, as well as those facing redundancy. In Barrow we held a successful event for people who are facing redundancy – 12 local employers such as Oxley, BAE and GSK attended the Employer Fair with a number of positive engagements. Those people who are becoming unemployed will be offered the chance to participate in The Key, to get them back into employment as quickly as possible."
Inspira also delivers the Enterprise Adviser Network and the Employer Mentoring programme which are focused on helping schools and young people connect with and understand what employers are looking for in future employees.
"We are encouraging prospective users of the service and employers to contact us – we believe this service is a game changer in Cumbria and will really help unemployed and inactive people connect with employment opportunities around the county."
The Key is delivered by Inspira and funded through the European Social Fund. It is commissioned by The Skills Funding Agency on behalf of the Cumbria LEP.