Careers Information Advice and Guidance

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On behalf of Cumbria County Council Inspira provides careers information advice and guidance for young people with an EHCP from year 9 upwards. We work closely with schools and colleges to support transition planning, the help we provide is bespoke and tailored to meet individual needs and we welcome the involvement of parents. An Inspira Adviser would meet with the young person in school in advance of their EHCP review, in meetings, our role is to advocate on behalf of the young person and family. Inspira works with a range of providers and agencies to ensure that we can support young people and their parents/carers to prepare for adulthood. 

The support that we can offer includes:

  • career choice and planning
  • qualifications and how to choose college courses
  • college applications
  • university applications
  • apprenticeships
  • training courses
  • job applications
  • CVs
  • work experience support
  • skills for employment support
  • preparing for job interviews.

If you would like to find out more about the support and options available to you or your son/daughter or if you would like to speak to an adviser, please contact us either by filling in the relevant contact form on our website. 


Step Up Cumbria Logo         

Step Up Cumbria is an online platform developed for school leavers to find information on Further Education opportunities in Cumbria

Who to contact

  FREEPHONE:  03455688647
  South:            01229 824 052
  North:            01228 596 272
  West:             01900 604 674


What we do?

Useful Links

Next Steps After Year 11 and Year 13 - Inspira guide you through your next steps.

Care Leavers Information - Support for any adult who has spent time in care 
Care Leaver Strategy
Care Leaver Local Offer Guidance

UCAS - This is a UK based organisation whose main role is to operate the application process for British Universities.

Not Going to Uni - Website for school and college leavers to help you find a job.

iCould - Uses the power of personal stories to inform young people's career choices.

Career Pilot - Website for young people to them explore jobs and courses.

BBC Bitesize - Free online study support resource for school-age pupils in the UK.  It is designed to aid pupils in both schoolwork and, for older pupils, exams.

Propel - Provide flexible and accessible finance to SMEs across the country.

Become - An organisation who are working on improving the everyday lives and future life changes of children in care and young care leavers.

Princes Trust - Help care leavers to develop the confidence and skills needed to engage with services and winder opportunities.

DWP - Find a Job - Find full or part-time jobs in England, Scotland and Wales. Use the find a job service to search and apply for jobs.

Career Helpline for Teenagers - Call the National Careers Service helpline for information and advice about jobs, careers and training if you’re 13 or older in England.

Find a Traineeship - A traineeship is a course with work experience that gets you ready for work or an apprenticeship. It can last from 6 weeks up to 1 year, though most traineeships last for less than 6 months.

Where to go

Castle View
Penrith 40 Business Park

Postcode   CA11 9BP

Page last reviewed: 30/03/2023

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