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Dumfries Employment Centre opens

This sign on the wall declares the centre's mission Credit: ITV News Border

Dumfries and Galloway council has opened a new centre for employment in Dumfries, in a bid to bring down higher-than-average youth unemployment in the area.

The "Total access point", or TAP centre, is based on Nith Place and is specifically aimed at supporting businesses and young people.

It's hoped this one-stop-shop will mean people can access a wide range of services, from all sectors of the employment industry and the industry can see the talent available to fill their vacancies.

Climb mountains, get paid

Jon Bennett has been doing the job for eight years. Credit: ITV Border

An advert's gone out for one of the most unusual jobs in Cumbria - but it could save lives.

The Lake District National Park's recruiting a 'Fell Top Assessor'.

Whoever gets the job will brave wind, rain and snow to check conditions on the area's 950-metre peak, Helvellyn, during the winter months.

Jon Bennett, from Ambleside, has been doing the job for eight years, and he's to be joined by a new recruit.

Information relayed by them will be used by Weatherline, a phone and online service that keeps keep visitors and locals informed about the conditions.

Fall in unemployment across the North West

Unemployment has fallen across our region Credit: Danny Lawson/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Figures released by the Office for National Statistics this morning have shown a drop in unemployment across our region.

Unemployment has fallen by 27,000 across the North West to 239,000 - dropping to seven percent.

The latest figures span from May to July of this year.

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New approach to try and recruit next generation of NHS staff in Cumbria

A careers fair is being held at Lakes College in Lillyhall Credit: ITV News Border

An NHS careers fair is being held at Lakes College in Lillyhall to try and attract the next generation of healthcare professionals. An ageing population, younger people leaving the county and the lack of a specialist skills centre are all reasons the NHS can struggle to recruit.

The Cumbria Parternship NHS Foundation Trust has organised the event. It employs around 4000 people within the county.

Cockermouth expansion into centre of motor excellence

A West Cumbrian firm has announced plans to expand - and is set to create a hundred jobs.

M-Sport at Dovenby near Cockermouth manufactures rally cars for the global market. It's set to build a centre of excellence for vehicle testing and evaluation.

It won't just be for motor sport, however, as the company is also targeting the general automotive industry.

Kim Inglis reports.

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