Project: Next Gen

Help bridge the aspiration gap

Project: Next Gen is a new scheme that’s been introduced with the aim to inspire the next generation of Apprentices. The project launched yesterday (12th April) and is designed to address the emerging aspiration gap through a variety of inspirationally led content.

A recent report published by The Prince’s Trust found that 55% of people aged 16-25 say coronavirus has made them fearful for their future, and 41% reported that their goals seem “impossible to achieve.”

Carlisle College is leading the project with Cumbria Chamber of Commerce as a lead partner, collaborating also with Carlisle City Council, Inspira and Hello Future.

The project will provide support for young people considering their next steps in education and will include tips, guidance and masterclasses on a range of areas within Apprenticeships, Careers and Employability.

Project: Next Gen is also encouraging some contribution from local employers. They’re asking employers across the Cumbria region to support the project through providing employability content and resources or offering an apprenticeship opportunity.

Carlisle College offers a diverse range of vocational career pathways across a multitude of industries, including programmes in Business Administration, Construction, Customer Service, HR, Engineering and more, ranging from Level 2 up to Degree Level apprenticeships.

If you’d like to give back to the younger generation and help bridge the aspiration gap by offering your support, please get in touch with Martin Norris, Business Development Manager at Carlisle College on

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