A new recruitment service has been launched to help break down the barriers preventing some West Cumbrians from working at Sellafield.

West Cumbria Works, initiated by Sellafield Ltd, will help the unemployed and ‘underemployed’ in Copeland and Allerdale acquire the skills, behaviours and experience required to work for Sellafield Ltd and companies in its supply chain.

It works as a jobs brokerage service, matching job seekers to suitable current vacancies. And if there are any barriers which would prevent those people from successfully applying for their matched job, help can be given to overcome those barriers.

Barriers can include lack of qualifications, shortage of experience, transport issues or poor employability skills like interview technique or filling out application forms.

The service is being delivered by Capita and Mace on behalf of Sellafield Ltd and is supported by Jobcentre Plus. Job hunters can sign up for the service online or in person at a Jobcentre Plus.

Businesses that will use West Cumbria Works to recruit include: Doosan Babcock, Amec, Balfour Beatty, Cavendish Nuclear, Hertel, Ansaldo NES, Mitie, Areva, Jacobs, Shepley, Energy Solutions and Costain.

George Beveridge, deputy managing director of Sellafield Ltd, said: “We want as many west Cumbrians as possible to benefit from the unique opportunities Sellafield provides.

“But we know there are barriers to some people being able to successfully apply for jobs that match their talents.

“To have people unable to secure jobs in which they would thrive is not good for them or for the community and West Cumbria Works is a great way for us to help solve the issue.

“It will help us deliver our mission at Sellafield by allowing ourselves and companies in our supply chain access to a wider pool of talent.

“And the community benefits by an improvement in the local skills base, making west Cumbria more attractive to employers.”

Steve Johnson, Cumbria & Lancashire District Manager for Jobcentre Plus, said: “Jobcentre Plus is delighted to be supporting West Cumbria Works.

“This unique scheme is directly targeted at those who need our help most.

“West Cumbria is unique in terms of the tremendous range of high quality opportunities available at Sellafield and West Cumbria Works will help ensure as many local people are able to benefit.”

For more information, or to view vacancies, visit: www.westcumbriaworks.co.uk


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