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Realise invests in HR of the future

Realise, Cumbria’s biggest HR consultancy, is providing young people with the opportunity to gain experience in HR & Recruitment throughout 2023.

Investing in several regional initiatives, Realise is looking to raise awareness around HR careers and entry pathways into the sector.

Claire McLean, Founder CEO of Realise, said: “HR is not typically talked about as a career opportunity in school. However, as an integral part of any successful organisation, HR provides a whole host of possibilities in business management with a clear focus on people. I’m keen to make sure that HR is made accessible to young people; it’s an exciting time post-covid to get into HR as businesses are heavily relying on their HR colleagues to steer them in the right direction.”

Realise will be developing an early careers programme to be delivered in local schools in 2023 and have committed to several schemes to help bridge the gap between the world of work and education. As part of Dream Placement, a unique Cumbrian initiative managed by the Centre for Leadership Performance, Realise will be offering a young person the opportunity to spend time in industry and learn from their range of in-house HR professionals.

Martin Norris, Head of Recruitment at Realise, will also be supporting Caldew School in an advisory capacity to support their careers programme and help further promote HR pathways. Cheryl Eastburn, Careers Lead at Caldew School said: “we are delighted that Martin will be supporting our students as an Enterprise Adviser. Martin brings with him a wealth of knowledge on careers. He will be supporting us with bespoke activities that we have identified our students will benefit from so that they are work ready. This will be through mentoring, mock interview and individual career workshops.”

Cath Dutton from The Cumbria Lep adds: “We are thrilled that Martin has volunteered as an Enterprise Adviser. Our Enterprise Advisers play a crucial role in bringing their business experience into the school by supporting the Careers Lead to deliver an outstanding careers programme for all their pupils. Martin’s knowledge and experience will be a great asset to Caldew School”.

Cumbria Careers Hub are still looking for Enterprise Advisors in Dallam, Settleback, Kirkbie, Kendal and Millom School. If you would like to know more, please contact Cath at