Festival season sees 37 West Cumbrians employed with local security firm

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.

“This is a great opportunity for people in West Cumbria. Everyone is really pleased to be heading off today.”

- Barry Horabin Three Lions joint owner from Whitehaven.

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. 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.”

- Mike Starkie, Mayor of Copeland.

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.

“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."

- Emma Williamson, Councillor.

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.

“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."

- Deborah Naylor, Area Operations Manager.

Inspira and thousands of other organisations help transform the lives of job seekers 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.