ABOUT 100 IN 100

100 in 100 is a new skills initiative to help post-16 learners in the wake of COVID-19.

It is predicted that COVID-19 could directly leave an additional 600,000 people under the age of 25 without employment by the end of 2020, damaging the growth, productivity and economic prosperity of our region.

100 in 100 is designed to minimise the impact of COVID-19 on future learners by helping to support and develop Apprenticeship placements, securing 100 Apprenticeship Opportunities in 100 Days, July 1st - October 9th 2020.

Click here to read the 100 in 100 Information Pack

Project Partners

Carlisle City Council

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Cumbria LEP

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Britain’s Energy Coast Business Cluster

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Cumbria Chamber of Commerce

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Carlisle Ambassadors

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The Family Business Network

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Feature Cumbria

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Hiring an apprentice is a productive and effective way for an organisation to grow talent and develop a motivated, skilled and qualified workforce.

The Apprenticeship Programme in Cumbria is essential in supporting the development of skills needed for key sectors of the economy including Engineering, Advanced Manufacturing, Health and Social Care, Construction, Professional Services and the Creative Industries. Cumbria boasts some of the most successful achievement rates for Apprenticeships in the UK with 71% of all Apprentices successfully achieving their Apprenticeship programme – the second highest in the country.

Did you know?

For Small and Medium sized businesses with a pay bill of under £3million per annum, the Government will fund 95-100% of Apprenticeship Training costs? There are also a number of Government funded grants available. To find out more about funding and grants, please click here

Company Benefits

96% of employers with apprentices experience at least one benefit from taking on apprentices, and most can count at least 8 benefits


73% of employers say that staff morale is improved by having apprentices


86% of employers say that apprentices helped to develop relevant skills for the organisation and to fill skills gaps


74% of employers say that apprentices improved products or service quality


78% of employers say that apprentices have improved productivity


67% of employers say that employing apprentices improved their image in the sector


69% of employers say that employing apprentices improved staff retention


25% of consumers are willing to pay more for products from a business that employs apprentices


Please find below more information on the Employers kindly supporting the 100 in 100 project. If you want to learn more about becoming a Supporter, please take a look at our media pack and contact us for more information.

  • J2 Plastering Services

    Skimming - Plaster-boarding - Dry-lining - Pebble dashing - Rendering - Krend - Lime rendering

    J2 Plastering Services on Facebook

  • R.Iveson Main Street Garage

    Family run business offering a wide range of garage services. MOT - Servicing - Repairs - Tyres - Welding - Air Con - Batteries - Brakes - Clutches - Diagnostics

    R.Iveson Main Street Garage on Facebook

  • WM Services Construction and Maintenance

    WM Services Construction and Maintenance is a multi-disciplined business operating throughout North West England providing construction services.

    WM Services Construction and Maintenance on Facebook

  • J&M Build

    J&M Build specialise in New Builds, Extensions, Barn Conversions and Renovations. Taking a job from paper into the ground to the final coat of paint.

    J&M Build on Facebook

  • University of Cumbria

    We are Cumbria’s University – enriching people and place. A place of and for our community. A place of possibility. A place where amazing journeys happen. With guidance and support. Where it’s safe to be brave, to be boldly you. Where you’re seen and understood. Where knowledge changes lives, communities and business. Where stand out graduates go on to untold possibilities, making a positive difference to our world.


  • Patrick James Solutions

    At Patrick James Solutions we aim to create a long-term relationship with our clients, by becoming a trusted intermediary for Mortgage & Protection Advice.


  • Amcor

    Amcor is a global leader in developing and producing responsible packaging for food, beverage, pharmaceutical, medical, home- and personal-care, and other products.


  • Trinity School

    Trinity School is a place of high standards, underpinned by distinctive Christian values. Responsibility for self and others is encouraged, and there are superb opportunities for all of our students to achieve. Students are at the heart of all that we do at Trinity: their achievements academically, alongside their well-being and wider development as well-rounded individuals.


  • Robinson Car and Commercial

    Robinson Car and Commercial is a family run business based in Silloth, West Cumbria and have been running as an independent garage since 2010. We are your number one choice when it comes to repairing your vehicle, both domestic and commercial as well as plant and agricultural equipment.


  • Armstrong Watson

    Armstrong Watson has been supporting, advising and protecting clients across the North of England and Scotland for over 150 years, providing a full range of specialist services and financial advice including accountancy, cloud accounting, audit, tax, payroll, corporate finance, financial planning, wealth management, forensic accounting and corporate restructuring, recovery and insolvency.



Is your business a 100 in 100 Supporter? Please request to join our Exclusive Employer Group on Facebook. The Employer Group is a shared space for us to collaborate, share best practice, and celebrate apprenticeship success.


team member

Martin Norris

Business Development Manager
Phone: 07921 384595
Email: mnorris@carlisle.ac.uk
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Vicky Stafford

Account Manager
Phone: 07921 384599
Email: vstafford@carlisle.ac.uk

Debbie MacLeod

Project & Employment Support Adviser
Email: dmacleod@carlisle.ac.uk

Jenny Bedlington

Business Development Assistant
Email: jbedlington@carlisle.ac.uk

Mal Chandler

Business Development Assistant
Email: mchandler@carlisle.ac.uk

Client Testimonials

  • "At David Allen IT Solutions, we really value the Carlisle College Apprenticeship programme. The IT Apprenticeship that is delivered is so relevant to our business, and is tailored in such a way that the learning that our Apprentices undertake really enhances what they do with us in the workplace. Apprentices are so important to us, we acknowledge that the fresh ideas young people bring to our organisation cultivates innovation, and in a world of technology in which we operate this gives us the competitive edge."

    - Gary Martin
    Director, David Allen IT Solutions
  • "All our trainees praise the work of the tutors at Carlisle College. Our Apprentices feel very supported which is a great experience for both our colleagues and for our business."
    "Carlisle College provides us with regular updates on progress and they are always available to answer any questions we have about the syllabus."
    "Apprenticeships are a great way of retaining our talent in Cumbria and helping them to realise their potential in addition to adding real value to businesses."

    - Zoe Pluckrose-Norman
    People Director, Armstrong Watson
  • "BSW Timber Group are the largest timber manufacturing business in the UK. As such we require a number of annual & ad-hoc training and development courses to keep our people up to date with the latest in business and operational techniques. We have been working with Carlisle College for a number of years and find their tutors and campus facilities top notch. Our annual Apprentice and graduate intake requires the very best and latest training, and this is supplied by the College. We look forward to continuing our close relationship and to working with Carlisle College for many years."

    - Tony Lockey
    Group Learning & Development Manager, BSW Timber
  • "I found the Apprentice recruitment process with Carlisle College really simple and easy, I rang the College and the very same day I had a list of 9 potential candidates from which I chose my current Apprentice."

    - David Benn
    Owner, David Benn Bricklayer


Carlisle College Apprenticeship Team

Carlisle College, Victoria Place, Carlisle, Cumbria. CA1 1HS


01228 822708