The aim of the Careers & Engagement Hub is to work with local people and inspire our future workforce for the NHS and wider healthcare. We work collaboratively with Schools, Universities, Job centres and a wide range of other organisations across Cumbria and North Lancashire. This enables us to provide a whole range of opportunities and excellent guidance for your future.


We are very excited to be recruiting NHS Ambassadors from our local Colleges and Universities! If you are currently studying any course at college or university, and you have an interest in a future career in the NHS, then we want to hear from you! Our NHS Ambassadors programme is a fantastic way to earn money throughout term-time, to gain valuable skills, to meet NHS staff and to inspire secondary students across our communities. NHS Ambassadors will be paid throughout term-time to represent their college/uni and the NHS at local events where they will deliver fun, interactive sessions to inspire young people to consider further education and careers in the NHS!

For more information, please see the attached poster and application form or email Vicky Lumley:

Application form

We run a range of employability programmes to support you in gaining the skills and experience necessary to apply for a job in the Health and Care sectors.  Our programmes can help you to start your health career and help us to ‘grow our own’ workforce.

Sector Based Work Academies:

These are pre-employment programmes for unemployed adults on working age benefits.  Successful applicants attend workshops with Inspira to help them to gain confidence and learn employability skills.  They then progress on to a local College where they study either Level 2 or Level 3 qualifications in related subjects.  After College, the group of learners undertake a 4 week placement in an entry-level role at one of our hospital sites.  Previous placement roles have included: Clinical Support Worker, Catering Assistant, Administrative Assistant, Receptionist, Car Park Assistant, Domestic, Porter, and Maintenance Support Worker.

Throughout the programme, learners gain NHS training including a corporate induction and all travel expenses are covered.  At the end of the placement, they receive a written reference from their placement mentor and support with applying for roles in the health and care sectors.  This includes job vacancies in care homes, GP surgeries and in hospitals across the area.

So far we have delivered Sector Based Work Academies in Lancaster and Barrow, and they have been very successful.  Our next programme will be based in Kendal and will commence on the 24th September 2018.  Come along to the launch event at 11am at Kendal College to find out how to apply!

We simply couldn’t do this without you. It’s our people that make us truly powerful. Each and every role is important.

Our Staff Stories

Steven Longstaff - Catering Assistant (Sector Based Work Academy)

I applied for a place on the Sector Based Work Academy to get back into catering.  I have always loved being a chef and I really want to get back into it.  I want to start at the bottom and work my way up.

This programme has really helped me to get recent experience of work and it has given me a lot of confidence. My wife says that I never stop talking now – I used to just sit there in silence! I am so proud of myself to get back to where I am just now; it feels like I am 20 years younger!

Eleanor Cleasby - Specialty Secretary (Sector Based Work Academy)

I applied for the NHS Pre-employment Programme as I felt ready to return to work.  Previously, I had found myself falling into jobs and stumbling along career paths that I hadn’t specifically chosen for myself or that were limited in their scope for promotion.  I felt that this programme would be the perfect opportunity to get my foot in the  door and hopefully be able to create a career path that I had chosen for myself.

Even though I come from a professional working background, being out of work for so long had seriously affected my confidence; this coupled with being a lone parent meant that the prospect of getting back into full time work, no matter how exciting, was daunting.  However, right from the ‘get go’, I felt comfortable and supported by all involved in the NHS Pre-employment Programme. Each and every individual I came into contact with went above and beyond to ensure that my home/work balance was one with which I was happy; allowing me to gently ease into full time hours over a number of weeks.

The programme has helped me feel prepared for working life again, whether there is a full-time role available for me at the end of this process or not. It has allowed me to gain a working knowledge of the NHS and what it feels like to be a full time working single mother.  Now every morning when I put on my lanyard in front of my small daughter I feel proud; I feel like I am contributing to the NHS, to the care of our patients and to the world in general but more importantly I feel as if I am providing my daughter with a positive role model and a Mum she can be proud of.

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