Inspiring young people to choose a ‘blue light’ career in Cumbria

Health, care and emergency services, education providers and local businesses have joined forces to showcase the wide range of ‘blue light’ career opportunities available to students in West Cumbria.

Students in years 10-13 were invited to the healthcare and blue light event at Lakes College, Work 

Lizzie Coulthard and Bethany Rowe from Carslile both attended the Healthcare and Blue Light event at Lakes College to find out more about careers in the Health and Social Care. 

When asked why they attended the event Lizzie commented that:

“It was an amazing opportunity to actually meet nursing staff at the event and interact with some of the activities they bought that were important to the role. I hadn’t realised how much a Nurse did. I really liked the fact I could take to the nurses then on the next table the university who provided the course.” 

The event saw professionals from health, care, emergency services and the army reservists speaking to students about a wide range of roles as well as the opportunity to try out equipment.  It was a chance for those with a clear idea about their chosen career to talk to professionals about their next steps and for those who were unsure to find out more about the options open to them in the county.

By teaming up with education providers students were able to find out more about how to get into their chosen career. Susan Watkins, Student Services Coordinator at Lakes College, said:

“We’re excited to be hosting the second healthcare and blue light event at Lakes College. Last year the students really valued being able to speak to professionals and education leads so they could find out about different careers and how to get into them.”

Victoria McDade, Resourcing and Training Lead at Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, added:

“We want to make sure that students know just how many opportunities are available in Cumbria. By having so many different employers under one roof we have something to appeal to everyone. Working together with businesses  ”

Local businesses supported the event in an effort to inspire local students. Travel for two schools, Netherhall Academy and Keswick School, has been supported by the Live the Dream Fund which is facilitated by Cumbria Community Foundation. Katie Harper, Business Connector for West Cumbria, seconded to Business in the Community by United Utilities, helped the schools with their applications. She said:

“This fund is provided by Sellafield to help raise the career aspirations of young people in West Cumbria, which is also the purpose of the event. The range of experts from across the Blue Light organisations will help inform and inspire the young people who attend. It is fantastic that we have been able to prevent transport costs from being a barrier to them.”

This event follows a successful healthcare and blue light events in Carlisle earlier this month.

A further healthcare and blue light events has been organised in Kendal at the Castle Green Hotel on Friday 3 November 9-3pm.

The following employers will be at the event:

  • Armed forces reservist
  • North West Ambulance
  • Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
  • North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust
  • North Cumbria Clinical Commissioning Group  
  • GP practices
  • Cumbria Health on Call
  • Eden Valley Hospice
  • Cumbria County Council
  • Cumbria Fire Service
  • Cumbria Constabulary

The following education providers will also be attending:

  • University of Cumbria
  • Lakes College
  • Carlisle College
  • Newton Rigg College
  • Newcastle Medical School TBC