People are being given the chance to train for a new career.

The Copeland Work and Skills Partnership, led by Copeland Borough Council, runs six-week long “academies” to help unemployed people get basic skills, experience and confidence to get back into work.

They feature short training courses, mock interviews, work experience and support with applications and are delivered in partnership with employers who have current or future vacancies.

Participants are also guaranteed an interview at the end of the academies.

The latest academies are being run with GLL, the council’s leisure provider, and CRS Facility Management, Workington.

Mike Starkie, mayor of Copeland, said: “These sector based work academies really work – people gain not only the skills needed for work, but for particular employers who actually have roles to fill.

“For the employers it’s also incredibly useful.

“They are supported in preparing people in very specific ways for a career with them.

“These courses are often life changing for the participants and I look forward to seeing the latest groups progress and go on to the next stage of their careers.”

The GLL academy runs from March 2 to April 10 and includes first aid, nutrition, an award in fitness and physical activity, customer service, health and safety and other training associated with the leisure sector.

People can apply before February 21 to book a place on an initial meet and greet event, which is on February 25.

The CRS Facility Management academy runs for six weeks from February 24.

The deadline for applications is Monday February 17, and there will be a meet and greet event on February 19.

The course will include work experience, CV advice, first aid, customer service, SIA training and badge application.

To book a place or to find out more about the academy call the JobCentre.

Figures show Copeland remains on a par with the national unemployment average of 2.9 per cent. The borough saw 1,215 people claim Jobseeker’s Allowance or receive Universal Credit support in December.