Building Better Opportunities: Getting Cumbria to Work

The Building Better Opportunities: Getting Cumbria to Work (BBO GCtW) project successfully ran its first Job Fair last month, hosted by hosted by Women’s Community Matters (one of our project partners) at the Nan Tait Centre in Barrow.
The fair took place on Wednesday 11 September 2019 and was attended by over 50 individuals, who met with a range of employers, voluntary organisations, and educational and training providers and took the opportunity to access a range of advice, support and information to help these them “move closer” to employment. They were also able to network with other participants on the programme over a cup of coffee.

The feedback from both attendees and exhibitors has been great and really positive and we are now busy developing future events/sessions within the project – including a Job Fair in the South Lakes in February 2020.

“We would definitely be interested in future events, we had a great day and made some good contacts.”

“Firstly, what a great event and I am very pleased it was a success and yes we are very interested in another Jobs Fair.”

“I found it to be one of the best organised job fairs I’ve attended during my time at the college. The layout, attendees and footfall of visitors was excellent, and I personally connected with a lot of people.”

For further information about this project and/or upcoming events, please contact the team on 07462 055134 or visit the BBO GCtW website:

Getting Cumbria to Work: Barrow and South Lakeland (GCtW) is a Building Better Opportunities (BBO) project that serves the local authority areas of South Lakeland and Barrow. This programme is funded by the National Lottery Community Fund and the European Social Fund (ESF) who are co-investing in local projects tackling the root causes of worklessness, promoting social inclusion and driving local jobs and growth. It is one of three projects in Cumbria being funded by the European Social Fund and the National Lottery, through the National Lottery Community Fund and is led by Cumbria CVS.

BBO GCtW aims to support and work with individuals who are facing multiple and complex barriers to employment and who are furthest removed from the labour market. It will help them to move towards and into employment by supporting them to play a greater, more productive role in their communities, demonstrate increased skills and confidence and be much more likely to consider employment or volunteering as a viable prospect.