Recruitment fairs are being held across Cumbria in a bid to attract more people into a career in social care.
With one in three toddlers now expected to live until they're 100, the county's health care sector is preparing for an increase in demand in the future.
Care Sector Alliance Cumbria, which comprises over 200 charitable and private organisations providing social care and support in the county, has organised the fairs to inform people about job and volunteering opportunities as well as giving them the chance to talk to care organisations, get careers advice and job application tips.
In Cumbria, a third of the population is forecast to be aged 65 or older by 2037, significantly higher than the average for England.
Recruitment fairs have been held in Carlisle, Kendal, Barrow and Workington and there's an event taking place in Whitehaven today and Penrith tomorrow.
“A career in social care can be very worthwhile and rewarding, providing the opportunity to have a positive impact and help people to maximise their quality of life.”
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A Scottish Borders textile mill is to close with the loss of 87 jobs.
Moorbrook Textiles, the owner of textile brands Replin Fabrics and Robert Noble, has announced that the group’s mill in Peebles is to close.
The company revealed in May that it was seeking a buyer for the mill and had begun a 30-day consultation period with its 87 employees.
Despite some initial interest from potential buyers, no credible offers for the facility have been received and the management team say they have been left with no option but to announce the mill’s closure.
“Over recent weeks we have had discussions with a number of groups interested in purchasing the business but regrettably these have not resulted in any credible offers.
“We are extremely disappointed that, despite significant investment in the mill over the last 10 years, we have been unable to secure a buyer.
“We fully appreciate the impact closure will have on our employees and the local community and our focus in the coming days will be on supporting them at this difficult time.
“In addition, we will continue to work closely with our customers, suppliers and government agencies to do all we can to minimise the impact of closure.
“As part of these discussions we will begin planning for decommissioning of the site itself, as well as consulting with staff on the completion of existing customer orders.”
A date for final closure of the site is expected to be confirmed shortly.
A team from Sellafield have been named Apprentice Team of the Year, jointly with a group from Scarborough, in the 2015 Brathey Apprentice Challenge competition.
The teams from Sellafield Ltd and Dale Power Solutions both raised money for charity over the course of the year.
A total of 50 groups and 700 apprentices were involved in the competition, and they visited schools and were involved in community projects, as well as raising money.
The Sellafield team raised nearly £9,000 for North Lakes Foodbank, and also put plenty of volunteering hours in.
They came joint top with the group from Dale Power Solutions, who raised around £2,000 for St Catherine's Hospice and helped refurbish a local shelter.
The provisional liquidators at a Kelso company that has had to make its 80-strong workforce redundant, say hope for the firm stems from the talent of its workers.
Business Advisory firm Alix Partners have been brought in as potential liquidators at Borders Precision.
Partner Robin Knight told ITV Border that liquidation proceedings have not begun.
We do think this is a good underlying business with potential.
The real quality lies in the strength, skill and ability of the workforce.
They make an excellent product that leads major international names to trade with Border Precision.
We would like to hear from anybody who thinks they could assist in finding a solution that would allow company to continue to trade."
Berwickshire, Roxburgh and Selkirk MP Calum Kerr says he's hopeful "something could be rescued" at a Kelso firm that has laid off 80 workers.
He met Borders Precision Engineering's provisional liquidators with South of Scotland MSP Paul Wheelhouse, to discuss the future of the company, and its staff.
Last Tuesday the company announced 80 members of staff were to be made redundant at short notice, with a week's pay.
Following talks with the provisional liquidators, Kerr says they told him there has been some interest regarding a potential takeover of the firm.
What we heard today from the provisional liquidators at Alix Partners is heartening.
I wouldn’t want to raise false hopes, but there does seem to be a possibility that something could be rescued and Paul and I now plan to pursue that as hard as we can.
We're grateful to Alix Partners, who are clearly doing everything they can to resurrect the plant and operations as a going concern. However, they have to act in the best interests of the creditors and can't keep the offer of a sale on the table forever.
I'd urge anyone who thinks they may be interested in taking over the business to get in touch without delay. There's clearly a limited window in which investment can be achieved, but this is a great opportunity for someone out there."
A number of the employees have been asked back to help fulfil contracts with important customers, while attempts to find a buyer take place:
This clearly is a hugely worrying time for the workforce and their families, a number of whom have been in contact, and Calum and I are keen to do everything we can to help.
While we have to be cautious, the provisional liquidator gave us some positive messages today and are taking a very constructive approach and we're greatly encouraged by that.
Border Precision has been a business with a great reputation, an excellent workforce and engineering skills that are second to none.
The fact that some of the employees have been taken back to fulfil existing contracts can only be a good sign. Let's hope it signals that the excellent workforce at Border Precision may yet have a future."
Borders Precision Engineering specialises in the production of high quality components for industries including the aerospace and military sectors.
Workers who lost their jobs when a Kelso engineering company went into liquidation are being offered redundancy support.
A session with Skills Development Scotland is taking place today, 7 July, in Tait Hall, Kelso, from 1pm to 4pm.
Eighty staff from Border Precision Engineering were made redundant last week.
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Staff at a Borders engineering firm that are facing redundancy are being offered support by the Scottish Government.
79 workers were told to go home from work earlier this week, after Border Precision Engineering went into liquidation.
An event is being held for them in the Tait Hall in Kelso on Tuesday (7th July) between 1pm-4pm, where they can find out more about their options and support available to them.
SNP MSP for South Scotland, Paul Wheelhouse says:
“My thoughts are with those employees and their families currently facing uncertainty at this most stressful of times. It is always difficult to witness any company face potential insolvency, but it is especially upsetting to see a company that is so important a local employer face such a savage change of its fortunes and to see it happen so unexpectedly.
“I also understand a meeting between the company and liquidators was also due to take place today (Wednesday) and I hope that it may not be beyond the possibility that something may yet be salvaged from what is undoubtedly a very worrying situation.
“If I can be of assistance to any of my constituents in dealing with the knock-on consequences of this news for them, I will of course do whatever I can to support them. The Deputy First Minister has offered to keep me up-to-date with any developments and my staff and I stand ready to provide any support we can through my office in Hawick, supporting the efforts of the PACE team and other national and local agencies.