Recruitment and retention of staff is a major concern for many of our members (68% according to our latest Business Tracker Survey).

With our industry providing 38,000 FTE positions across the county, plus the Government’s immigration proposals,  it is vital that we work together to source enthusiastic and committed new staff.

Looking at our own in county future workforce, Cumbria Tourism is working alongside the Cumbria Local Enterprise Partnership (CLEP) and key partners to promote local career opportunities to schools and colleges within the county.

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Join our letter writing campaign

Help us spread the word

It is vital that we make the extent of this crisis clear to Government, and as such Cumbria Tourism, alongside the Lake District Hotels Association, is spear heading a letter writing campaign to all six of the county’s MPs.

Every voice added to our campaign strengthens our cause, click HERE to view an example letter for you to adapt.

Complete our Business Tracker Survey

Can you help us lobby government and help highlight our industry’s unique recruitment needs?

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Receive support from the Cumbria Hospitality HUB

The DWP has established a localised Hospitality HUB, where employers can make direct contact via email to discuss jobcentre services and recruitment support available in more detail.

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Advertise your vacancies for free

Visit Lake District Jobs Page

Tourism and hospitality businesses across Cumbria can advertise employment opportunities for those living in or looking to move to the county HERE. Vacancies are also been advertised through our dedicated Lake District, Cumbria Jobs Facebook page.

To add your vacancies, simply complete our easy online form HERE.

You can also advertise apprenticeship vacancies for free through UCAS – click HERE to learn more.

DWP Hospitality-specific support

The Department for Work & Pensions is providing sector-specific support for employers with a number of vacancies, working with them to ensure guaranteed interviews and appropriate training.

Learn more by emailing the team directly at

Recruitment support: in-person job centre opportunities

The Department for Work & Pensions are inviting tourism employers into their Cumbrian Job Centres for an agreed half or full day and in return they will work with their coaches to arrange guaranteed interviews with their clients. If you’d like to take up this free opportunity, please email the team directly at

Inspira workplace academy programme

We are working with Inspira who are offering recruitment support to tourism businesses. They can work with individual businesses to tailor a training programme and promote it to those who are seeking employment. If the individual passes the training programme the business must offer them an interview.

Contact Rachel Tyson to learn more.


Get Involved

If you are interested in getting involved or finding out more , please contact Jonny Winter at