Inspira has been commissioned by Westmorland and Furness Council and Cumberland Council to deliver careers guidance to targeted young people.

This contract means that vulnerable young people will be steered with individualised careers information, advice and guidance to inspire them to transition into in education, employment, or training after their Year 11 studies.

Inspira will also oversee the September Guarantee to ensure all young people are offered a suitable post-16 learning opportunity, and support those Not in Education, Training and Employment (NEET).

Inspira has a track record of taking a partnership approach to help and motivate some of the most disadvantaged young people.

The changing local and national labour market underscores the importance of timely, impartial careers guidance.

Mr Mark Bowman, CEO at Inspira, said: "Inspira is a leading provider of careers advice and guidance for young people, with a long history of delivering positive outcomes."

Mr Bowman said that the team were "excited" to develop a relationship with both Westmorland and Furness Council and Cumberland Council, stating that they "look forward to working with them to ensure that young people receive the support they need to build a bright future."

Drawing focus to Inspira's valuable service, Councillor Sue Sanderson for Westmorland and Furness, Cabinet Member for Children's Services, Education and Skills, said: “It is fantastic Inspira will continue to support our young people in Westmorland and Furness to achieve their goals. I’d like to encourage all young people looking for advice and support with their next steps – be it career or training – to contact Inspira and take advantage of their knowledge and skills.”


Councillor Elaine Lynch, Executive Member - Lifelong Learning and Development for Cumberland, praised Inspira's 'significant track record'.

She said: “Inspira come with a significant track record of excellent work in this area which has led to high levels of engagement in the education and labour market for young adults in Cumberland. Our continued investment in this service will mean that we will keep seeing high numbers of young people engaged in employment or training and going on to successful careers and adult lives.”