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Skills and learning organisations in West Cumbria will soon have more staff qualified to give the best advice and guidance to their clients.

The new Copeland Work and Skills Programme will train at least six people in Advice and Guidance at NVQ Level 3/4. Signed up to take part are partner organisations Phoenix Enterprise Centre, Inspira, Millom Network Centre, Lakes College, and Works 4 You.

This invaluable tole is based on the work of experienced practitioners and helps staff develop new skills and recognise existing ones – leading to a much more effective organisation overall. The course can take up to 12 months to complete, with assessment carried out in the workplace.

Coun Lena Hogg, Copeland’s portfolio holder for regeneration, said: “It is essential our partner organisations continue to deliver high quality advice and guidance to our clients, helping them to find work. This is a great opportunity for those involved and we are pleased it can be delivered through our new Work and Skills Programme.

This project is one of four being delivered by Copeland Work and Skills Partnership. The others are apprenticeship support, sector-based work academies and the coordination of an employability fund.

Copeland Community Fund is funding the projects, while Copeland Borough Council is providing a staff member for three years to devise and deliver them.
The partners in the Copeland Work and Skills Partnership are: Copeland Borough Council, Citizens' Advice Bureau, Cumbria County Council, Cumbria Council for Voluntary Service, the Department for Work and Pensions, Gen2, Home Group, Home to Work/Works 4 You Ltd, Howgill Children’s and Family Centre, Impact Housing, Inspira, Lakes College, Millom Network Centre and Phoenix Enterprise Centre.

Anyone interested in the work of the Copeland Work and Skills Partnership should contact Copeland’s Work and Skills Programme Officer, Chris Pickles, on 01946 598326 or


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Sharon Kennedy (Kennedy Business Consultants Ltd) – one of the training providers delivering the programme


Carol Pugh (Millom Network Centre) – undertaking Level 3 NVQ Advice & Guidance


Elizabeth Rothery (Lakes College) - undertaking Level 3 NVQ Advice & Guidance


Alan Hurton (Phoenix Enterprise Centre) - undertaking Level 3 NVQ Advice & Guidance