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Industry launches campaign to attract graduates to South Cumbria

Industrial leaders have launched a campaign to attract skilled workers to relocate to South Cumbria.

BAE, Siemens, GSK and Kimberley-Clark have created a website to collectively boast about the beautiful area they're based in.

They argue that although South Cumbria is best known for its natural beauty and the tourist hotspots of the Lake District, it's also an important hub for manufacturing and industry.

BAE Systems Maritime employs almost 7,000 people at its submarines division in Barrow-in-Furness, while GSK is investing £350m in building a new biopharm facility at its site in Ulverston.

This is an exciting time for GSK at Ulverston. We are investing in developing the existing cephalosporins factory and the new biopharmaceutical manufacturing facility will be the first new GSK factory in the UK for almost 40 years. However, we need to attract people with specialist skills from across the UK and overseas. This is a great area to live and work. The Lake District helps to ensure an unrivalled quality of life. We also have thriving communities and fantastic schools.

– Phil Wilson, Site Director of GSK in Ulverston

Siemens Subsea, which has major expansion plans, employs almost 500 people at its manufacturing HQ in Ulverston and Kimberly-Clark employs almost 400 at its paper mill in Barrow-in-Furness.

The NHS in South Cumbria and Furness College, which is building a new advanced manufacturing and engineering centre, are also supporting the scheme.

“Our workforce has grown by a staggering 65% since 2011 and our future expansion plans allow us the opportunity to grow even further, bringing with it many career development opportunities in advanced engineering. The area offers a great balance as a location to live and work. For example, my commute into work every day takes in the scenic coastal route overlooking Morecambe Bay. And at the end of the working day, it is very easy to take advantage of the beautiful countryside."

– John Collins, chief financial officer at Siemens Subsea

The Furness Economic Delivery Plan estimates the area will have at least £20bn of investment in the next 15 years, which could create around 25,000 jobs in engineering, project management, IT, healthcare and education.

The website www.choosesouthcumbria.co.uk, has information about career prospects in the area, the lifestyle and leisure opportunities.