After initially moving out of Cumbria to attend university, Bill has now found a better career path with an apprenticeship at Athena PTS in the county.
A Working Day in Cumbria
It is an exciting time to choose a career in Cumbria. The region is set to witness £25 billion worth of investment over the next decade, helping to create around 56,000 jobs in the next five years in a wide variety of industry sectors.
Many people are surprised to learn that Cumbria is the long-term home of some of the biggest names in global business including Kimberly-Clark, BAE Systems and GSK. While Kimberly Clark is preparing to invest £5 million in its site in Barrow-in-Furness, GSK is developing a £350 million biopharmaceutical facility in Ulverston, and BAE Systems is undertaking a £350 million redevelopment of its submarine site, also in Barrow.
Add to that a number of nuclear and renewable energy developments planned for “Britain’s Energy Coast” and the continued expansion of home-grown ventures, involved in LED lighting to confectionary, there is a vibrancy to the variety on offer.
From engineering, manufacturing and construction to life sciences, health, education, media, technical and support services – a wide spectrum of skills will be needed.
Meanwhile, Cumbria has one of the highest percentage of apprenticeships in the UK, bringing real career opportunities to young people in addition to those bringing their knowledge and expertise to the area.
Working in Cumbria offers a better work-life balance than other areas in the UK, with culture, outdoor adventure and the beautiful scenery of the Lake District on your doorstep.
Read our Personal Stories and find out what it’s like to work, live, learn and play in Cumbria.
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Dan has become an important part of the design team at Athena PTS after taking on an apprenticeship at the Barrow-based business.
Tammie is keen to encourage other women to choose a career in engineering after serving her time as an apprentice at Kimberly-Clark.