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Message from Thomas Shaw, Chair of Cumbria Future Leaders
Since the start of our national lockdown, Cumbria Future Leaders has had to respond to our crisis as any other organisation has had to; our response has been and continues to be to maintain links with our steering group members, through our monthly meetings that we now conduct over zoom; this allows us to take advantage of the opportunities that modern technology can offer- that is to stay connected!

We’ve continued to maintain our resolve, and develop the steering group, set out our objectives, and chart a course that we wish to follow, employing innovation, communication, and networking with the local business community at the heart of our strategy.

We have always maintained that while we have the title ‘Cumbria’ it’s namesake shall reflect all of Cumbria, and what this stunning location has to offer in terms of career opportunities. This is precisely why we now openly invite guests from local youth charities, Career support services, the non-nuclear business community, tertiary sectors while appreciating the impact that the local Nuclear industry plays, and opportunities for young people this provides.

We have used the opportunity of lockdown to refocus our efforts towards developing our Instagram page, and newsletter in which we will regularly share appropriate options, and offer advice.

Going forward, we wish to use this medium to give people a choice to help design, and create a new CFL logo, and develop a deep and unique partnership with local schools, colleges, and sixth-forms; this will allow us to gain more effective communications with those young people we wish to work with and help.
Are you 16-18 years old?
The CFL steering group are keen to ensure we have representation from all age groups and would like to understand the views and perspectives of young people aged 16-18 and ensure that the voice of this age is heard and listened too!

We are seeking motivated, enthusiastic, and forward-thinking young people to join our CFL 16 – 18 sub-group to make sure that the voice and ideas of this age range is heard.
Key Questions
What is the purpose of the group? The purpose of this group will be to support and feed into the ideas and work of the Cumbria Future Leaders Steering, sharing those issues that matter most to them and providing their ideas and perspectives.

What is the commitment? We would ask students to attend regular online meetings, the frequency of these meetings is to be agreed by the members of the subgroup which meet monthly.

What are the benefits? As a member of the CFL 16 – 18yr old subgroup, you will be given an opportunity to develop important transferable skills such as communication, teamwork and leadership and build your professional networks. Your ideas and voice will be listened too and working with peers from the Cumbria Future Leaders Steering group you will be able to influence decisions that impact your future. You will also be able to work alongside a range of professional and organisations and gain valuable insight into the support and opportunities on offer for young people and professionals.

If you or someone you know is interested complete the registration form here
Steering Group- Guest Speaker
Introducing Emily Robson, the Sales and Marketing Coordinator at Kingmoor business and enterprise park, in Carlisle who attended the recent CFL steering group meeting on the 1st September.

Kingmoor Park is one of the largest industrial estates in the north-west and the only Enterprise Zone in Cumbria. The 400-acre site has over 2 million sqft of industrial, office and warehouse space ranging from 500 sqft to 105,000 sqft, and 175 acres of development land.

Since the site was bought in 1999, Kingmoor Park Properties Ltd. has invested millions of pounds into transforming the site into a vibrant, economic hub of activity and opportunity. In 2016 Kingmoor Park acquired Enterprise Zone status adding a new impetus to maximising the opportunities in the area and making Kingmoor Park a great place to do business.

Emily, was invited to the CFL steering group to talk about the potential of providing more opportunities for SMEs and entrepreneurs on the park to engage with young people and offer development opportunities, helping young people in Cumbria understand the breath of opportunity that is available to them.

Through discussion with the steering group members, CFL hope to be able to support Emily in providing some meaningful campaigns to explore these lesser known career options and help retain talent in Cumbria.
Don’t forget to check our noticeboard to keep up to date with the latest opportunities.  Below are a selection of the latest entries: 
Dream Placement

Dream Placement is the unique leadership placement programme designed specifically for young Cumbrians – allowing you to undertake a real application, selection and placement process with a business based in Cumbria. The Dream Placement offers access to Senior Leaders and the placement involves tasks, work and experiences that money can’t buy. If you, or someone you know is in Year 12 or 13 from September 2020, the application process opens at the start of September. Everyone applying automatically joins Cumbria Future Leaders.

Find out more and apply here.
West Cumbria Youth Council – Top tips for those who may be feeling anxious or nervous returning to school

West Cumbria Youth Council, who we are delighted to have on the CFL steering group, have asked students that have been in school for their tips to ease anxiety for pupils returning to school in September. They have produced an excellent video in which they hope these tips can help all those returning to school who may feel anxious or worried.

Key advice includes always asking for help, always know that there are people who feel the same way as you, you are not alone, be brave, ask questions, have more confidence in yourself because we are all amazing in different ways and have fun…it’s been a long time not seeing friends and teachers. 

Follow them on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/westcumbriayouthcouncil/

Free Online Learning 14+

The Cumbria Youth Alliance have partnered with Embrace Resilience to give FREE access to almost 80 online modules. Whether you would like to complete a course about food hygiene or how to manage anxiety and stress there is a range of courses available.

Find out more here.
Online Careers Fairs: What are they and how can graduates prepare for them?

Next Step Support are hosting a webinar on Wednesday 9th September at 2.00 to guide you through the process.

Find out more and how to register here. 
BECBC Event- Redundancy Support and Guidance

BECBC are running an event with All Together Cumbria to offer support and guidance for those facing redundancy and managers supporting staff. Date & Time: 16 September 2020 from 10:30 – 11:30

Find out more and how to register your interest here.
Cumbria Future Leaders on LinkedIn and Instagram. 

Join the CFL Group here and join the conversation. 

Join the Instagram page here.

Cumbria Future Leaders Website:
Access the website to explore opportunities including support, guidance and volunteering opportunities from all our partner organisations.
If you know someone who would be interested in joining this network please encourage them to sign up here.

If you have anything you would like to share with our network please email us with the information

Take care and stay safe from all the Cumbria Future Leaders Team.
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