An initiative to drive youth career employment has been launched in Carlisle.

In a partnership with Jobcentre Inspira, and Carlisle Key, Carlisle Youth Hub set up a hub in Carlisle Library to give career advice and development programmes to 16-25 year olds in the area.

Elaine Herbert, Jobcentre senior partnership manager, said: “The hub provides a great opportunity for young people of the same age to meet up locally, build confidence and access support in a different, more innovative way.

“Removing barrier to finding work is key and we aim to do this by helping with budgeting, housing, employment rights and responsibilities, while improving employability skills. Making sure everyone is aware of the opportunities available is so important.”

The youth coach will be in Carlisle Library Youth Hub every Friday along with a range of partners. 

Cllr Elaine Lynch, Cumberland Council executive member for lifelong learning and development, said: "Adult Learning plays a crucial role in complementing the efforts of the DWP Youth Hub by equipping young adults with the essential skills and knowledge they need to thrive in the workforce.

“These services provide a vital bridge, connecting potential with opportunity, and empowering residents with the tools they require to enter and excel in the world of employment."

Carlisle MP John Stevenson said: "This is a great initiative for young people, helping them to gain the skills and advice they need to access jobs that are on offer in Carlisle and the wider Cumbria area."