Working in Cumbria
Sam Wilson, March 19, 2015
Cumbria prides itself on being one of the most beautiful regions of the UK. Bordering Scotland in the North-West of England, Cumbria owes a great deal to its range of nature destinations including national parks, lakes and mountains. A predominantly rural county, Cumbria has a huge amount to offer its residents.
Cumbria’s natural beauty has served as inspiration for countless artists, writers and musicians. Its pride and joy is undoubtedly the Lake District National Park, the largest National Park in the UK, which contains 16 lakes and 150 peaks including Scafell Pike which is England’s highest mountain. Those living in the 400 towns, villages and hamlets within this area take great pride in the location’s desirable destination status.
As well as the Lake District, Cumbria is also home to part of the Yorkshire Dales National Park, a collection of river valleys and hills. Quieter than the Lake District, this is an area of significant tranquil beauty.
Fans of the great outdoors are spoilt for choice in Cumbria. Its rural nature makes it a playground for hikers, cyclists, climbers and walkers alike. Watersports enthusiast will also find plenty to do with plenty of opportunities to pursue a passion for rowing, kayaking, windsurfing and fishing.
The Lake District has gained a reputation for being the ‘Adventure Capital of the UK’ and it is well earned. Those looking for adventure will never need to look far.
Cumbria benefits from fantastic transport links to the rest of England and Scotland. Those travelling to and from Cumbria can do so by road, rail, sea or air making it easily accessible from any point in the UK.
Traditionally the Cumbrian economy has relied heavily on tourism with numbers of visitors of around 15.8million head to the county every year.
With its National Parks being the main draw for tourists, the National Trust is understandably a significant employer in the area. Welcoming over 19 million visitors to locations across the UK every year, the National Trust are an organisation like no other. Providing employment opportunities in retail and catering, cleaning and maintenance amongst many others, the National Trust continues to prove itself to be a dynamic and forward thinking yet reliable employer.
With the National Trust a prevalent presence in Cumbria, there are a great deal of employment opportunities available to those in the area.
There are also a great number of other employment opportunities within the county.
Cumbria County Council itself employs around 17,000 people and with South Lakeland District, Barrow Borough, Carlisle City, Allerdale Borough and Copeland Borough Councils, local government provides a wide variety of opportunities in education, housing, social and community services and environmental health to name a few.
Employers in Cumbria are well known for embracing social issues such as work/life balance, diversity and life long learning providing a strong foundation for employers to pursue fulfilling lives as well as prosperous careers.
Carlisle is the sole city in Cumbria and takes pride of place as the main shopping, commercial and industrial centre of the northern half of the county and its urban capital. Steeped in history, the Romans established a settlement in Carlisle to serve the forts on Hadrian’s Wall. Overlooked by the great medieval fortress of Carlisle Castle. Carlisle has significantly more to offer than just heritage and has become a centre of culture and entertainment in the North West. With a vibrant music and theatre scene as well as being within close proximity to some of Britain’s finest restaurants in the north part of the Lake District.
In the southern part of the county lies its largest town in Barrow-in-Furness. Growing from a tiny 19th century hamlet to the biggest iron and steel centre in the world in the space of just 40 years, Barrow-in-Furness has experienced a great deal of prosperity. In recent years regeneration projects have seen the town transform with the introduction of new housing, restaurants, shops and hotels. New plans will see the introduction of submarine construction taking place in the shipyard.
For those looking for the perfect combination of picturesque scenery, vibrant culture and the opportunity to further their careers, Cumbria has a huge amount to offer. National statistics prove it to be amongst the safest and crime-free areas in the country providing a safe and nurturing environment in which to raise a family. Discover for yourself why Cumbria could be the perfect place to take the next step in your life as well as your career.