An appointment has been made in a bid to boost the business community's commitment to careers guidance in Cumbria.

Jayne Moorby, marketing manager at aerospace and lighting systems specialist Oxley Group, has been appointed chair of Cumbria’s Cornerstone Employer Group.

The group is looking to increase the number of Cornerstone Employers in the county – a group of businesses who aim to transform the lives of young people in Cumbria.

Their focus is on giving strategic careers support to the Cumbria Careers Hub based on their current experience of the labour needs in their sector. They work with their networks, the wider business community and their local team to make sure that young people have access to the career opportunities they need.

Cath Dutton, Careers Hub manager at Cumbria Local Enterprise Partnership, said: “We are absolutely delighted that Jayne has been appointed. She has supported the Careers Hub since its inception in 2019 and is passionate about ensuring every young person in Cumbria finds their next best step by encouraging employers and employees to get involved in making a positive difference to careers education in the county.”

CLEP recently relaunched its Our Future campaign, which celebrates the achievements of Cumbria’s young people and highlights the range of career opportunities.

Jayne, who is also a Department for International Trade Export Champion, said: “I am proud to take on this role to work with employers across the county supporting the delivery of excellent careers guidance.

“I would urge more organisations to get involved as Cornerstone Employers, particularly those from health and social care, the rural sector, professional services and logistics. Working together we really can make a difference to the lives of young people in Cumbria.”