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Showcase event highlights high tech boom in Cumbria

West Cumbria's high tech energy sector has been booming. It's thanks to the presence of Sellafield which continues to train and draw-in highly skilled engineers to the region.

Many small and medium sized companies are beginning to thrive there as well.

An event's been held in Workington to showcase successful firms and provide them with new opportunities.

Matthew Taylor reports:

Engineering skills gap opens up in West Cumbria

A gap has opened up between the availability of skilled engineers in West Cumbria and the numbers of jobs that area being created there

The problem is that the energy sector is continuing to grow but the level of skills isn't increasing at the same rate.

It's an issue that was discussed at the Cumbria Excellence Day, an invent to promote small and medium sized businesses.

Luke Dicicco from Britain's Energy Coast - which helps local firms to invest in skills - says it's a problem that is being addressed.

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Sellafield creates business opportunities in Cumbria

Sellafield has been promising to make it easier for local businesses to win contracts from the company.

George Beveridge, Deputy Managing Director at Sellafield, says terms and conditions have been simplified for small and medium companies.

He made the announcement at Cumbria Excellence Day, a special event that has been showcasing the success of the energy sector in West Cumbria.

People of Allerdale pay respects to World War 1 dead

Paying their respects: more than 500 men from Workington alone were killed in the fighting. Credit: ITV News Border
Hundreds of people marched through the town to the war memorial at Vulcan Park. Credit: ITV News Border
Professional soldiers were joined by local groups of cadets. Credit: ITV News Border

People from all over Allerdale paraded through Workington today to remember the fallen of World War 1.

A hundred years ago this year hostilities began in Europe – leading to a conflict that claimed millions of lives. More than 500 men fromWorkington alone were killed in the fighting.

Civic leaders, cadets, community groups and the British Legion joined hundreds of people who marched through the town to the war memorial at Vulcan Park.

A short service saw the laying of a wreath to honour the fallen.

Military parade through Workington to mark World War 1 centenary

Soldiers have been parading through Workington today to mark 100 years since since the start of World War 1.

Several organisations took part in the parade, including the 4th Battalion Duke of Lancaster Regimental Band, the British Legion, cadets groups and local school children.

The parade started at 10.45am at Workington station and it will end with a service at St Michael’s Church.

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Rugby League look at Workington-Whitehaven merger

A merger between Workington and Whitehaven is one of the options being looked at by an independent review into the state of the game in West Cumbria.

The aim is to see why a thriving amateur scene and huge interest in the recent World Cup doesn't translate to bigger attendances at Workington and Whitehaven.

But, what do you think? Let us know if you think the teams should merge.

You can get in touch with us on Facebook, Twitter or through email on pamandian@itv.com

Workington RMT members to protest proposed job cuts

Members of the Workington branch of the RMT Transport Union are to protest against rail cuts.

They will be handing out postcards to passengers during their protest.

It's due to take place outside Workington Railway Station tomorrow, 23 April, between 5:30pm and 6:30pm.

It is part of a nationwide campaign by Action for Rail against a government report which is proposing cuts to front line station and ticket office staff.

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