“I had a hectic life in the Midlands, so I took some time out after moving to Cumbria last summer,” said Lucia, who is originally from Slovakia. “After Christmas, I wanted to get back into employment.
“I met Deb from Inspira at a careers fair in Workington. I was very open-minded about finding a job and wanted to try everything I could and see everything that was available in the whole region.
“Deb helped me to find out more about how the organisation could help me and she introduced me to The Key.
“Deb was my ‘sane brain’ and gave me advice on employers and local companies. She kept me focused on what I wanted and guided me through the Cumbrian employment market.
“It was quite daunting getting back into employment but Deb kept me motivated. I really, really enjoyed the experience and valued my time with Inspira.
“I’ve seen Inspira in its true form and what else The Key can offer. I’ve not come across other organisations like Inspira that provide practical skills and improve people’s qualifications and confidence. I’m very impressed with what they offer.”
Lucia is now working as Marketing Manager at Carlisle Brass, a role she describes as an ‘exciting opportunity’.
“It’s brilliant to know that the UK’s leading ironmongery business is located in Cumbria,” she said. “As Marketing Manager, my role is to create effective communication internally, with our customers and with the local community.
“My role is to ensure more people know about Carlisle Brass and the work we do. I provide brand exposure and want to make sure Carlisle Brass is successful in the future. It’s a lot of fun.”