BAE Systems’ Allan Day shares his advice to help you make the move to Cumbria.
Find a great job
The number one driver for my relocation was a fantastic job with BAE Systems. It’s a great opportunity to be working on the biggest transformational programme on Barrow shipyard in over 25 years. It’s a double positive for me to be part of this transformation and live in one of the most beautiful parts of the country. What more could you ask for?
Focus on what your loved ones want
There are lots of options for families with different schools and colleges and a great range of vocational and academic training in the area. Make sure those options are there in the part of Cumbria you choose to move to. My sons have had a great education at Ulverston Victoria High School. The extra-curricular activities are there and the commitment from the teachers is without question, they’re always accessible and supportive.
Visit at the weekends
My family and I came up for a number of weekend visits before making the decision to move to Cumbria permanently, and it was a decision we all took as a family. My experience of Cumbria before moving here was as a tourist, so you definitely see a different side of the area when living here. When you move here, you realise it’s got even more to offer.
Look for partner opportunities
When choosing a location in Cumbria, you can come up with a win-win. There are career opportunities for partners to work in education, healthcare and in all the major companies that are already here. Make sure you and your partner are living in the right area for the right opportunities.
Open your mind
There’s so much to do in Cumbria, so take those opportunities and don’t constrain your mind to what you’ve always done. There are challenges and new things to experience, so try them, whether it’s walking, sailing, running or cycling. If you try something and like it, it opens up a whole new circle of friends very quickly.
Allan Day, Facilities Programme Director – Submarines for BAE Systems, has worked in construction for over 25 years. After joining BAE Systems as a civil engineer 19 years ago and working all over the world.
Allan is now managing the biggest investment in Barrow shipyard in over 25 years. Allan lives with his family and their dog, Willow, on the outskirts of Ulverston and enjoys cycling, sailing and playing golf in his spare time.
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