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  • Oliver Hodgson

Start a new career in 2020

TRAINING and the chance of an exciting new career are on offer through the Copeland Work and Skills Partnership.

The partnership, led by Copeland Borough Council, runs six-week long ‘academies’ to help unemployed people get the basic skills, experience and confidence they need to get back into work.

Featuring short training courses, mock interviews, work experience and support with applications, they are delivered in partnership with employers who have current or future vacancies. Participants are guaranteed an interview at the end of the academies.

The latest academies are being run with GLL, the council’s leisure provider, and CRS Facility Management, which offers security roles.

The GLL academy runs from March 2 to April 10. It includes first aid, nutrition, an Award in Fitness and Physical Activity, customer service, health and safety and other training associated with the leisure sector.

To apply, people should contact on 01946 854016  before February 21 to book a place on an initial ‘meet and greet’ event, which is on February 25. More information on this academy is available from Claire Bull on 07485 015722 or at

CRS Facility Management are looking to fill security roles and the academy runs for six weeks from February 24. The deadline for applications is Monday February 17, and there will be a meet and greet event on February 19.

The course will include work experience, CV advice, first aid, customer service, SIA training and badge application, plus other skills. To book a place on the meet and greet event, or just find out more about the CRS academy, call 01946 854016.

The current Work and Skills Partnership programme is jointly funded by Copeland Community Fund and Sellafield Ltd and runs through to 2022. Copeland Council provides a staff member to administer the scheme.

Mike Starkie, Mayor of Copeland, said: “These sector-based work academies really work – people gain not only the skills needed for work, but for particular employers who actually have roles to fill.  For the employers it’s also incredibly useful. They are supported in preparing people in very specific ways for a career with them.

“These courses are often life changing for the participants and I look forward to seeing the latest groups progress and go on to the next stage of their careers.”

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