How Cumbria is going to meet the skills shortage and fill an estimated 66,500 jobs between 2016 and 2021, has been and is an ongoing conversation with several initiatives, programme and projects underway across the County.
The Department of Education's priorities include a focus by the lead ministers and officials on ensuring people of all ages have the opportunities to build a rewarding career, or the opportunity to retrain and change career.
The Careers and Enterprise Company and the National Careers Service play a lead role in delivering on the careers strategy from improving the quality of careers advice, guidance and experiences, improving adult education provision, including a National Retraining Scheme, and collaborating with businesses to widen opportunity through the Skills Partner Statement of Action.
From now until the end of March, employers can help their own workforce with their mid-life careers, through a support project which is being delivered by Inspira on behalf of the National Careers Service.
The Fuller Working Lives strategy provides employees with free, high quality, professional and impartial careers and skills advice towards supporting the retention, retraining and recruitment of older workers. The project is intended to help businesses manage their workforce planning more effectively and support individual training and assessment at the mid-life career point. Businesses and older workers can explore flexible working approaches and practices that encourage retention, in-work progression, improved work life balance and improved productivity.
In Barrow at The Forum, SkillsFest 2018 will be held this Saturday (24th). Organised by FESP, Hello Futures and Inspira, SkillsFest is an opportunity for young people and their carers/parents to find out about careers now and in the future and the technical and soft skills employers look for.
Nationally during the March, there will be a focus on apprenticeships and careers. The 11th National Apprenticeship Week (NAW 2018) will run from 5 to 9 March. The focus will be on encouraging more people – young people and adults - to choose apprenticeships as a pathway to a great career. On social media you can search #NAW2018 for examples and information on how apprenticeships work. Inspira will also be holding several events around the County – search @inspiraforlife on social media for more details.
At the same time National Careers Week will also run, promoting the importance of good careers education in schools and colleges. Inspira will be showcasing the Enterprise Advisor Network during this time, focusing on the work business volunteers are doing with educational institutions in the County.
To find out more about these events and projects contact firstname.lastname@example.org