Pathways to Employment

Supported by our employment team based across Cumbria, learners are encouraged to build on skills that can support them towards greater independence including gaining employment.

Typically, the areas of support will include motivation and confidence building, job searching and employability skills, health and safety in the workplace and team working.

There are also visits to places of employment so that learners can see these skills in the workplace and put their learning into context.

The Pathway to Employment programme is supported by the European Social Fund.

Finding Paid Employment

Customers at Right2Work can benefit from a range of support from our team, activities which also include employer support and training, job coaching/in work support, looking and applying for work as well as benefits support and advice. You can find more information on each of our programmes below:

Access to Work

Access to Work is a UK Government scheme which can provide practical support for people with disabilities who are looking to find employment. It can also be used when an individual requires support within the workplace or during a supported internship.

You can find out more about this scheme on the website

Supported Internships – for young people

Right2Work Supported Internships are a structured study programme specifically aimed at 16-24 year olds who have an Education Health Care Plan (EHCP) and who want to move into employment but will need support to do so.

A supported internship will be based primarily at an employer and will normally last a year. This includes unpaid work placements of at least 6 months. Wherever possible young people are supported into paid employment at the end of the programme.

Read more on our Supported Internships page of this website

Building Better Opportunities (BBO) – Getting Cumbria to Work

Right2Work can help you feel better about yourself and improve your confidence; we can provide support to help you improve your skills and/or get new ones; try new activities and gain experiences – all helping you towards getting (back) into work.

If you are currently not working, are over 18 years of age and live in Barrow or South Lakeland, then we could provide you with FREE advice and support.

Help available includes one to one or group support; mentoring; training; work experience; volunteering and much more.

Find out more on the Building Better Opportunities page of our website.


Journey2Work is an employment service for Cumbria, offering FREE advice and training to help job seekers.

It is available to anyone aged 16 and above including those looking to return to work.

Whether or not you are in receipt of any benefits, or in full time education and want support to help you find a job, we can help!

We will help you to:

  • Access suitable job opportunities
  • Help you create a professional CV that really stands out
  • Improve your interview technique
  • Make the most of in-work benefits
  • Provide peace of mind through money management and debt advice

Through the scheme, you can also access FREE training to sharpen your IT skills ready for your new job.

For more information and to learn more about the ways in which we can help you, please contact our advisors:

Amanda Andrews on 07483 172074 or Melissa Young 07436 583036

The Journey 2 Work programme is delivered in partnership with the Department of Work and Pensions.

For details on any of the Right2Work Employment and Training programmes, please get in touch on 01539 885 055 or email our employment team at: