Jobs, Careers and the Workforce

South Lakeland boasts a readily available labour force with a strong work ethic. The area's tradition of manufacturing, coupled with rapid service sector growth and the resident engineering/technological base has created a skilled and adaptable workforce. This committed workforce has played a huge role in the success of many of South Lakeland's notable companies.

Residents of South Lakeland are also highly educated, with the proportion of people having achieved a qualification at level 4, such as a degree or a diploma, being 41% in the South Lakes area, compared to 29% in the North West and 31% in England.

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Visit the National Apprenticeships website to find out more about hiring an apprentice and the potential benefits to you. Here you will find an online apprenticeship recruitment system, as well as grants information for taking on an apprentice.

Graduate Internships

Graduate Talent Pool helps match the skills businesses require with those offered by recent graduates. Visit their website to advertise internship opportunities for free, directly to graduates.

Unite with Business offers small to medium sized businesses in the North West the opportunity of a free business support programme to increase innovation, performance and productivity. This business support is provided via graduates or final year university undergraduate students, who are available to work for the business for a period of 150 hours.

Wage Incentive

The government's Youth Contract offers employers a financial reward for for taking on a young person. These can be worth up to £2,275 each, when employing an eligible 18 to 24 year old through Jobcentre Plus or from the Work Programme. Contact JobCentre Plus for advice on eligibility and support in identifying the right person for your business.

Support Organisations

ACAS - Offers support to improve employment relations for employers and employees.

Access to Work - Giving employee and employer advice and helping to fund the extra costs which may arise because of a disabled person's needs.

GOV.UK - Advice about employing staff for the first time.

Institute of Recruiters - Download 'Your first employee - the essential 10 step guide'.

Universal Jobmatch - An online service which is radically changing the way people look for and apply for jobs. Use it to advertise jobs and search for jobseekers whose CVs match your needs. 

NHS Health for Work Adviceline - Offers support and advice on all health issues affecting your employees.