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Alert to ‘new directions’

This week is National Careers Week (follow #NCW2023) – and we have been marking this by celebrating achievement among those we support and our employees…plus sowing a few ideas.

Never too young to learn about future careers…

We also start encouraging interest in young people’s possible future directions. One of our Youth Group’s had a VIP visit to Kendal Fire & Rescue base yesterday evening -an informative session seeing at first hand what a career in the Emergency Services entails.

Firefighting and the role of the Fire Service is vital to a functioning society – and our young people were guided by Lauren Strong – she would highly recommend careers in the blue light services.

A huge thanks to the great team at Cumbria Fire & Rescue – especially hosts, Crew Manager, Craig Pendrey and Firefighter Lauren Strong for such an informative tour.

We have supported young people over many years and love to see them grow…

“Inn” his favourite place

This is Archie – he used to come on Oaklea Short Breaks (more – now he’s a young adult and making his way into the world of work – our Right2Work ‘Work & Learn’ colleagues have been supporting him – and he has now secured a job as a Kitchen Porter – find out more here


And there’s more – careering in…

Below you can see Ammar & Alex – again former stalwarts on Oaklea Short Breaks – and can be seen last summer at a work experience celebration at Sandgate School -they’ve got work at Castle Green Hotel.


What’s cookin’ Ammar – celebrating

“What started out as a taster day to show the students the different jobs in the hotel, led to work experience. It has been an amazing success for both Castle Green Hotel and for Sandgate School. We have had the privilege to work with some amazing people who have shown enthusiasm, eagerness, tenacity, and hard work to whatever tasks we have given them. From this, we have gained two new employees in the kitchen, who have been reliable, punctual, always willing to learn and are great team players.” Katie Collett, HR Officer Castle Green Hotel, Kendal

Thinking of a change of career?

Have you considered working with us in social care (or community enterprise through our CIC Right2Work (vacancies here

Helen Shaw, Oaklea Group HR Manager: “Here at Oaklea Group we have excellent career prospects working in Health & Social Care by supporting people with learning disabilities who require support at home, accessing local communities, attending activities and hobbies.  We welcome candidates from all backgrounds who have good values and an excellent work ethos in return we offer in depth training, qualifications, succession planning and a great work life balance. No two days are the same and a career working for Oaklea is very rewarding.”

Oaklea Apprentice Niamh takes a break

Helen adds: “Are you leaving school in the summer and wondering what to do in September 2023? Why not consider applying for a position with the Oaklea Apprentice Academy and join the team being paid to work – plus time to study towards a diploma in Health & Social Care.  We have positions across Furness, South Lakes, County Durham and Northumberland.”

Why not get in touch with our HR Team at or by calling us on 01539 735025

Find out about working what it’s like working here

What is National Careers Week – find out more here



There’s nothing better than finding a job that fits…

Don’t take our word for it – Thumbs up from Employers!

Discover more about how the wider Oaklea Group is meeting NCW here -with some great vibes from Cumbrian employers

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