41-year-old Karen Whitehouse has joined the Inspira Barrow team as a Skills Development Adviser.

Working as a youth and community worker in Barrow since 2002, Karen spent 11 years with Drop Zone Youth Projects and six years with Walney School.

Talking about why she joined Inspira, Karen said,” I feel that working for Inspira is a natural development of the work I have been doing with young people and adults for the past 17 years.  Inspira offers so many avenues of support for young people and adults and I look forward to exploring these.”

Within Inspira, Skills Development Advisers are responsible for planning and delivering a range of pre-employment programmes in association with local skills shortages and employment vacancies in the area.

Being able to support clients in identifying their existing skills and using these to create dynamic CVs and job applications is a key benefit of the work we do, continued Ms Whitehouse. “It enables people to think about and explore potential career avenues and helps clients break down any barriers they are facing so that they can succeed in life as well as their careers.”

Inspira employs over 100 staff across Cumbria and Lancashire to deliver a range of career management and personal development programmes aimed at helping young people and adults reach their potential in work and life.

With the acquisition of new contracts, the company is expected to see a growth in personnel from September. 

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