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Workington is a 'dead end' town - claim

Young people in Workington have described the town as a dead end with few career prospects.

Dead end Workington photo
Ryan Galea, Christian Johnson, Peter Schofield and Molly Edgar

Unemployment among 16 to 24-year-olds in Allerdale currently stands at more than six per cent, according to latest figures.

Now Sam Jackson, 23, a youth worker from Workington, has claimed many local young people lack ambition.

He said he also believed they were content to “follow whatever their friends and family have done before them” rather than broaden their horizons.

“Nobody really knows what they want to do themselves,” he said.

Molly Edgar, 18, has lived in Workington all her life and agreed that many people in her age group were afraid of change.

She said: “We are so narrow-minded around here that people are afraid that if they aim high they will be made fun of by their friends.

“There aren’t a lot of opportunities here and the only jobs there are, are nine to five jobs, not careers.

“Most people just go and work at Sellafield because of the pay, not because they want to make a difference.”

Peter Schofield, 20, a student at the Lakes College in Workington, added: “Career-wise there’s only really Sellafield here for people of my age.

“But I want to get into IT and the closest place I could do that is Carlisle.”

He also said a lot of people don’t know what moving away entails as there isn’t enough information available to them.

Sam, who has been a youth worker for three years, said: “There’s no-one putting the word out about opportunities available to young people and that’s what I want to do.

“I want to get young people to really think about their dreams for the future and to achieve their goals.”

Workington Mayor Konrad Hansen also urged young people to follow their dreams. He said this may or may not involve following in the footsteps of friends and family, but stressed the importance of having the right attitude backed up by hard work.

“We are proud in Workington, and the region, to have great examples of people who made their dreams come true,” he added.

“These are the examples we need to remind young people about.”

Workington-based GEN II, which trains many Sellafield apprentices, said more and more students were wanting to work closer to home due to rising costs.

As a result the company is seeing record numbers of not only young people applying for apprenticeships and training – and said university isn’t the only option.

Liam Wood returned to Workington to undertake a nuclear apprenticeship after a year at university.

Career guidance organisation Inspira said employers valued positive mindsets as much as skills.

Mark Bowman, chief executive, added: “Our experience is young people and their families do have high expectations, but they need a helping hand to realise them.”

Have your say

Well done to the young people in this article who want to make something of their lives and I wish them and others like them a lot of luck. Unfortunately, standards of behaviour in a lot of people, both young and old, are dropping extremely fast. I hope no potential investor or visitor to Workington happens to read the 'Spotted Workington' Facebook site which is full of such offensive, potentially violent and mindless drivel it would have anyone thinking of coming to the town running for the hills. In order to get employment you have to conduct yourself correctly, spell correctly (not the current age of indecipherable text speak) and take every opportunity going and there are opportunities there because I have found them. We are in the current Facebook and Twitter generation where people have no limits to how they behave and this can destroy the reputation of the many good people of Workington. Remember, you don't have to stay in this town either

Posted by Sarah on 18 August 2013 at 08:16

I hear the French television channel Canal are thinking about filming season two of The Returned in Workington. Might be a few jobs going then?

Posted by SarahM on 15 August 2013 at 15:06

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