Sharing in Growth beneficiary Oxley Group has become one of the first businesses to join Cumbria Local Enterprise Partnership’s Cornerstone Employers initiative, a progressive role which will give strategic support to clusters of secondary schools and colleges and empower careers provision in Cumbria.
Oxley Group has partnered with Cumbria LEP and The Careers & Enterprise Company, investing time and resources to inspire young people across the county, ensuring that they have access to meaningful engagements with employers and gain the vital work experience they need to help them make informed choices about their futures.
Having already proven themselves to be strong ambassadors for careers and enterprise provision, delivering a wide range of activities for local pupils, they will now act as champions to encourage more businesses in the area to get involved, as well as encourage their own staff to become volunteer Enterprise Advisers and pass their business knowledge on to the next generation.

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Darren Cavan, CEO at Oxley Group, said: “Oxley is delighted to partner with the LEP and the Careers Hub in becoming a Cornerstone Employer.
“We are totally committed to building employability skills for the future and helping to raise the aspirations of young people; supporting them in making informed decisions about their future and providing positive career role modelling.
“Oxley is also focused on developing an interest in STEM careers and proactively supporting young women into STEM opportunities.
“Oxley has been in Cumbria for 77 years and the whole team feel an enormous sense of pride in giving something back to the community and supporting future generations.”
Oxley won Sharing in Growth’s Inspire Trophy in 2019. The award, which is based on one of Sharing in Growth’s three values, recognises a company that has demonstrated truly inspirational behaviour through challenge, motivation and effective cultural change. Oxley’s growth strategy included empowering their team to drive changes that will double turnover in five years and treble it in ten years and inspiring local talent into aerospace and STEM careers by supporting the WiAA Charter and programmes for 10,000 young people.