New network launches in Cumbria

Over 100 businesses and educational institutions attended the launch of the Cumbria Enterprise Adviser Network, held at Rheged today (1st of November 2016) by Inspira.

The Network is a new initiative funded by the Careers Enterprise Company (CEC), and supported by the Cumbria LEP. The aim of the initiative is to match employer volunteers with schools to help support and enrich the in-school career programmes wherever possible; equipping young people with the skills they need to succeed in the future.

“Following this launch we would like to see more Enterprise Advisers and employers involved – whether that is through enrichment activities or work placements,” said Dr Floyd Millen, Head of Operational Delivery, CEC.

“In the future, we would be looking to Cumbria becoming an exemplar network within the Country.”

Research by Inspira and the University of Cumbria confirms national research that employers are concerned that young people are trying to enter the workforce without the necessary employability skills and are not getting the inspiration and career guidance they need.

“It was a fantastic launch with Educational Institutions and Employers coming together to find out about the initiative and to offer their support. I hope to see the network grow, helping to connect young people in Cumbria with a wide range of career opportunities that are coming our way over the next few years.” George Beveridge, Chair, Cumbria LEP

Already Inspira has twenty-two schools and colleges and fifteen Enterprise Advisers confirmed across the County.

“We are delighted to be delivering the Cumbria Enterprise Adviser Network, it’s a great piece of the jigsaw puzzle supporting young people to reach their potential,” said Mark Bowman, CE of Inspira. “We look forward to welcoming more employers, schools and colleges to the Network.”