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Dream Placement 2017 Celebration

Dream Placement 2017 Celebration
Students receive their certificates at the Dream Placement 2017 Celebration

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Students who took part in Dream Placement 2017 organised in Cumbria by the Centre for Leadership Performance told guests at a Celebration Event about their experiences seeing leadership and business at close quarters.

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Read about what three Dream Placement winners said in their Showcase Presentations...

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Want Your Organisation Involved in Next Year's Dream Placement 2018?

Register Organisation For the host companies taking part in the Dream Placement scheme, this is a chance to connect with the young people of the county and show them how exciting and challenging working life can be. The Centre for Leadership Performance can help match you with the right student and also assist with the structure of the placement week. The most important thing is that the placement should give the student a taste of what it is like being a leader in your company.

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View or download the Dream Placement 2018 brochure...

Find out more about how your organisation can benefit from being involved in Dream Placement 2018...
 


 
Organisations who offered Dream Placements in 2017

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Read how our Dream Placement 2017 winners did during their 1-week placement...

Seventy of the brightest 16-18 year olds from across Cumbria have spent a week with top employers within the county on their 2017 Dream Placements.

The students taking part in the Development Day at Energus were chosen from more than 200 applicants and completed a tough selection process to win their unique opportunities to see companies and organisations from the inside and learn about leadership from top management teams.

Allerdale

Allerdale

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Amcor

Hannah Bowes & Olivia Gilmour

Left: Hannah Bowes of Keswick School, Right: Olivia Gilmour of St Benedicts Catholic School

Hannah Bowes & Olivia Gilmour

Hannah Bowes & Olivia Gilmour

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Amec Foster Wheeler

' We had a great week. From speaking with Alex and Megan at the end of the week I believe that they both thoroughly enjoyed their time with us. I also believe the Dream Placement week helped reaffirm that their career direction in engineering and management is the right one for them. When sending out my thank you e-mail to my Amec Foster Wheeler colleagues who helped with the week, I didn't fully appreciate how many people were involved with making this week work. There were 11 of us (including myself) who all took time out of their busy week to help make this a special week for Alex and Megan — and the feedback from the students makes it worth all the effort. '
Mark Ritchie, Operations Manager, Amec Foster Wheeler

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Ansaldo NES

Sam Cruden and Luke Scott

Sam Cruden and Luke Scott

Sam Cruden and Luke Scott

Sam Cruden from St Benedicts Catholic High School and Luke Scott from Workington Academy on their Dream Placement with Ansaldo NES

Ansaldo NES

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Sam Cruden from St Benedicts Catholic High School and Luke Scott from Workington Academy on their Dream Placement with Ansaldo NES

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Baines Wilson LLP

Clifford Warburton

Clifford Warburton from UIlverston Victoria on his
Dream Placement with Baines Wilson LLP.

' I have found it very interesting especially employment. I am really happy with the weighting of the week because I like employment law so have been happy to spend more time doing that than other areas.

I was really pleased that I was allowed to go to client meetings with both Tom and Andrew and hear what happens in practice.

I think everyone I have spoken to this week has been very professional in the office. I really couldn't make a negative comment. Everyone has been really accommodating and willing to answer any questions I have had.

The placement has made me more focused. No amount of research can equate to being involved in the day-to-day workings of a firm and seeing it first-hand and this week has made me more eager to do well in my A-levels because I can see the result. I can see Samantha at the trainee level, then Stephanie as a relatively new solicitor and then Tom and others at Partner level for example. That is what I could do if I try hard and I know training contracts are really hard to get so I need to focus now and get into university. '
Clifford Warburton, Dream Placement 2017 winner


 
During the week we wanted to give Clifford the opportunity to explore all aspects of what it means to be a leader in our commercial law firm and for him to experience all of our core practice areas so as to learn as much as possible about Baines Wilson.

Clifford expressed an interest in employment law from the initial interview stage and so we planned his week to be weighted more towards our employment law department. For two days Clifford worked closely with our employment partner, Tom Scaife, exploring recent client matters, attending client meetings and providing answers to various case studies that focused on differing problems that arise in employment law and how a leader might deal with these problems. At the beginning of the week we also assigned Clifford his own research project in which he had to select a specific area of employment law and create a presentation that was to be delivered to Tom and trainee solicitor, Samantha Amor. Clifford delivered an interesting and confident presentation on Friday exploring his chosen topic of misconduct and dismissal.

Clifford also spent time in our commercial property and corporate departments working closely with Stephanie Bradley, our newly-qualified solicitor to learn from the experiences of a "rising star" in our firm.

To conclude his week we asked Clifford to take a look at how the firm advertises each department and upcoming events and if there were any areas of improvement that we could consider. Clifford then researched and identified the businesses unique selling points in order to create a suite of adverts that could be used for the businesses marketing purposes. Our trainee solicitor, Samantha Amor, also undertook a CV workshop with Clifford where they discussed essential techniques and materials that should be included in a CV tailored to seeking a career in the legal sector. Samantha offered Clifford constructive feedback on his existing CV to hopefully enhance his skills and employability in the future.

Samantha-Jane Amor
Trainee Solicitor, Baines Wilson LLP


 
' We are delighted to have been a part of the Dream Placement scheme, the connection that it offers between Cumbrian businesses and schools is invaluable in educating students on potential careers in the area and for keeping our home talent. We thoroughly enjoyed having Clifford with us. '
John Wilson, Managing Partner at Baines Wilson LLP

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Balfour Beatty

Balfour Beatty

Dream Placement winners on their way to a Balfour Beatty site visit. All smiles as the car breaks down

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Coulson Associates

Tracey and Nikki at Coulson Associates

Coulson Associates

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Megan Scott from Nelson Tomlinson School on her Dream Placement with Coulson Associates

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Cumbria Community Foundation

Cumbria Community Foundation

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Doosan Babcock

We were quite sorry to see Emily and Jon leave us on Friday, they were absolutely brilliant and we loved having them with us for the week.

Their highlight was the trip to Sellafield and they were also amazed at how much preparation goes into one of our construction/engineering projects. Health and Safety is a massive part of dealing with a company such as Sellafield and they picked up on how important this actually is. They spent time with our sub contracts specialists, commercial specialists, Project Director and our construction team.

They were both a real credit to their corresponding schools.

Bill Miller
Recruitment Programme Manager, Doosan Babcock Limited


 
' Jon and Emily have been superb, and the feedback has been really positive. '
Bill Miller, Recruitment Programme Manager, Doosan Babcock Limited


 
Jonathan Dunn and Emily Garroway

Left: Jonathan Dunn, Right: Emily Garroway
at Doosan Babcock

Jonathan Dunn and Emily Garroway with Doosan Babcock staff

Jonathan Dunn (centre) and Emily Garroway (centre-left) with Doosan Babcock staff

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Direct Rail Services

As Dream Placement applicants we were excited to learn we had been successful in gaining a place at DRS, one of the biggest companies in Carlisle and Cumbria as a whole. We had applied to the Dream Placement scheme hoping to gain insight into how businesses work and operate as a whole through the many different departments that larger scale businesses have to offer.

Our first day at DRS was spent attending introductions to the company as a whole, resulting in us attending a functional head meeting to see how senior managers attempt to resolve issues they face in previous or upcoming weeks.

Spending time with Colin Rennison in an introduction to the railway we were shocked to find out how much work goes on behind the scenes to operate rail services and we began to understand the number of different services that DRS provide as a company aside from the work for the nuclear industry they provide.

Our second and third day was spent with the IT department. We learned all about the variety of tasks they do, from helping employees with technical issues to designing and maintaining the network while keeping it secure from malicious intent.

The following day included spending time in the engineering shed with Bryan Hetherington learning how the department operates and how locos are maintained. We even got the chance to look around the class 88 and see the huge difference between the new and heritage fleet. We also spent time shadowing the maintenance fitters, observing their daily tasks. It was interesting to see the control room and how the department works.

HR also advised us on interview tips and how to make the most of our CVs helping us to develop them for future applications for jobs or universities allowing us to gain a crucial skill for later on in life.

The commercial department highlighted the vast range of services the company offer which complement the core nuclear focus of the business. They also highlighted how crucial DRS and the rail infrastructure in general are for future developments in west Cumbria such as NuGen and Cumbria mining.

Ellen and Robbie


Ellen and Robbie

Ellen (left) and Robbie (right) at Direct Rail Services

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Gen2

Ella Lister

Ella Lister

Above: Gen2 CEO Mike Smith with Ella Lister of West Lakes Academy

Ella Lister

Ella Lister

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GSK

Aoife Bannon and Jasper Lithgow with Phil Wilson in Ulverston

Above Left: Aoife Bannon from West Lakes Academy and Jasper Lithgow from St Benedicts Catholic with Phil Wilson (site manager) in Ulverston Above Right: Visit to our sister site in Barnard Castle

Cephs performance from February 20

Above: Cephs performance from February 20, 2017

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Innovia

Meg Burns from Trinity

Above: Meg Burns from Trinity

Meg spent time in various sectors within the organisation, from HR, Sales & Marketing, Manufacturing, Engineering, Project Management, Finance, Procurement & Research & Development with exposure to some of the exec team members of Innovia.

' We have had a great week, and it was a pleasure to have Meg as our Dream Placement student. Meg has been superb and is definitely a star of the future. '
Grant Jackson, Competence Management Systems Developer, Innovia Films

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James Fisher Nuclear

James Fisher Nuclear

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Thomas Shaw and Adam Johnston on their Dream Placement with James Fisher Nuclear Limited

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Liberty Work and Leisure

Cerys

Above: Cerys (centre) at Liberty Work and Leisure

Cerys

Cerys

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Mott MacDonald

Mott MacDonald

Mott MacDonald

Mott MacDonald

Above: Matthew Graham and Calum Doran at Mott MacDonald

Mott MacDonald

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Matthew Graham and Calum Doran at Mott MacDonald

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NHS

NHS Morcambe Bay

NHS

NHS

Above: Dream Placement students at NHS

NHS

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Dream Placement students at NHS

Georgie Cooper

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Georgie Cooper from Ulverston Victoria High School talks about her Dream Placement this year with the NHS in Cumbria.

Watch ITV's article about Dream Placement at Morecambe Bay...

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NDA

NDA

Above: Receiving their certificates, Jemima McKenzie and Matthew Wishart from St Benedicts and Maisie Naylor from West Lakes Academy

Building paper bridge exercise

Above Right: Arun Khuttan with Sellotape, Matthew Wishart sitting down in jumper, Jemima McKenzie with glasses, Katherine

Building paper bridge exercise

Above: Building paper bridge exercise, in pink Dianne Richardson organiser from Balfour Beatty

Building paper bridge exercise

Above: Building paper bridge exercise at NDA


 
On the Tuesday afternoon we held a newspaper bridge building challenge for our Dream Placement students for the NDA as well as from Sellafield, Costains and Ansaldo-NES. It was a great success and the students had the opportunity to work together to build a bridge constructed entirely from newspaper and Sellotape. The winning team was able to hold 5 entire reams of A4 paper which was an astonishing feat. The students developed their communication, leadership and planning skills in this task and it was great to see them all work so well together.


 
' During my brief time with them all 3 students demonstrated why they were selected on the Dream Placement. They were well prepared, had thought through the meaningful questions they asked, were insightful and forward thinking and were keen to hear, understand and absorb the responses. They are well placed to become key players in their future careers, I am pleased we were able to support them on their journey and wish them all the best for the future. '
Lead Programme Manager

' I was delighted to have been asked and found the students well prepared and engaged in the discussions. They were polite and yet not too shy! I wish them well with their studies and would be happy to give them any other information they need. '
Supply Chain Advisor

' I was astounded at how well the students picked up what such a complex government authority is here to do. They showed drive and determination to get the most that they could from the week. '
Arun Khuttan, Graduate Chemical Engineer

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Sealy UK

Anna Hopcroft at Sealy UK

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Anna Hopcroft and Holly Riddick on their Dream Placement with Sealy UK

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Story Homes

Katie Hague and Abbie Taylor

Above: Katie Hague and Abbie Taylor

Dream Placement for two lucky teens

Katie Hague from Maryport and Abbie Taylor from Carlisle have been with Story Homes this week to gain an insight into the world of work as part of the Centre for Leadership Performance's Dream Placement Scheme.

Their 'mission' for the week is to assess two pieces of land for potential development. They must understand the opportunities and constraints for each piece of land and at the end of the week they are to present their recommendations back to the team on the land recommending a development to progress.

Katie who is studying Maths, Spanish, English Literature and Business Studies is looking to understand the workplace and the types of career options available. At present, she is considering applying to take Economics at the London School of Economics.

' It's so much more complex than I had anticipated. All of the various things that you need to take into account before you can even think about putting together a planning application. Plus, the time it takes from finding a piece of land to getting a digger on site, it really is such a long process! '
Katie Hague from Maryport

Abbie is looking to narrow down her career options, as she has no ideas as to what she would like to do once she has been to University. She is currently studying English, Law and History and is considering applying to study either History or Law at University.

' There are departments and jobs that I didn't even know existed, for example the Land team. There is whole team of people who are tasked with finding land, speaking to land owners, assessing the land and putting together planning applications. It's so interesting. So far, I've been most interested in the technical team and the sales team. I'm looking forward to finding out more about what they do. '
Abbie Taylor from Carlisle

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Story Homes

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Katie Hague and Abbie Taylor on their Dream Placement with Story Homes

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Thomas Graham & Sons Ltd

Toni at Thomas Graham & Sons Ltd

Toni at Thomas Graham & Sons Ltd

Above: Toni at Thomas Graham & Sons Ltd

' We had a fantastic week with our Dream Placement candidate, Toni. This is the third consecutive year we have been involved in the project, and we've thoroughly enjoyed welcoming yet another bright young Cumbrian to our company. '
Christianne Kania, Marketing Executive, Thomas Graham & Sons Ltd

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West Lakes Engineering

Charlie at Blackpool Pleasure Beach with West Lakes Engineering

Above: Charlie at Blackpool Pleasure Beach with West Lakes Engineering

Charlie at Blackpool Pleasure Beach with West Lakes Engineering

Above: Charlie at Blackpool Pleasure Beach with West Lakes Engineering

Charlie at Strawberry How

Above: Charlie at Strawberry How

Westlakes Engineering have really enjoyed having Charlie with us for the Dream Placement Experience. We attended numerous sites while he was with us including Blackpool Pleasure Beach where we were able to complete some inspections and watch some concrete pouring for the new ride being built. Throughout the week Charlie was engaged and enthusiastic and demonstrated his abilities of using different engineering software packages. By far one of the highlights of the visit was Charlie's PowerPoint Presentation on his involvement with Hockey which he ably delivered to a room full of engineers, before we all headed down to the Dog & Partridge for a Pub Lunch.

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