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Are you a student living or studying in Cumbria? The Dream Placement Scheme gives you an insight into the world of work with a leading Cumbrian employer. But this is not just a simple work-experience scheme. You will get a unique opportunity to see how the senior teams and leaders of industry go about dealing with the challenges they face. Dream Placement brings together young students of Cumbria with some of the most forward-looking and successful businesses in the county. It's your chance to learn vital leadership skills, boost your confidence and see a glimpse of how your working life could be in 10 years' time.

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Dream Placement 2019 Development Day

The Development Day on January 26 saw the students collaborating with their hosts to prepare for joining them over the February half term week. More than 200 young people applied for Dream Placement 2019 and almost 50 gained placements.

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Dream Placement 2019 Development Day

Dream Placement 2019 Development Day

The Development Day on January 26 saw the students collaborating with their hosts to prepare for joining them over the February half term week. Watch the video here...

Jonathan Lee from Newsquest Cumbria

Jonathan Lee, Managing Director of Newsquest Cumbria

Jonathan Lee, Newsquest Cumbria Managing Director, talks about Dream Placement 2019.

Kate North from the Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

Kate North from the Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

Kate North from the Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust talks about Dream Placement 2019

Laura Jenkins from GlaxoSmithKline

Laura Jenkins from GlaxoSmithKline

Laura Jenkins from GlaxoSmithKline talks about Dream Placement 2019.

Copeland MP Trudy Harrison

Copeland MP Trudy Harrison

Copeland MP Trudy Harrison is taking two students for Dream Placement 2019 which links young people with businesses: Abby Percival from West Lakes Academy and Alana Quinn from St Benedict's Catholic High School. They will spend their February half term week in the constituency office in Millom and in Parliament, learning about work and leadership.

Ella Batey

Ella Batey

Ella Batey from Nelson Thomlinson School in Wigton gained the opportunity to spend her February half term break learning about the workplace and leadership with Story Contracting.

Emylia Sloan

Emylia Sloan

Emylia Sloan from St Benedict's Catholic High School in Whitehaven gained the opportunity to spend her February half term break learning about the workplace and leadership with Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust.

Kian Murray

Kian Murray

Kian Murray gained the opportunity to spend his February half term break learning about the workplace and leadership with the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority.

Nikki Hutchman

Nikki Hutchman

Nikki Hutchman from Cockermouth School gained the opportunity to spend her February half term break learning about leadership and the workplace with Mott MacDonald.

Thomas Bragg

Thomas Bragg

Thomas Bragg from West Lakes Academy in Egremont gained the opportunity to spend his February half term break learning about leadership and the workplace with James Fisher Nuclear.

Sophie Ritson

Sophie Ritson

Sophie Ritson from Cockermouth School gained the opportunity to spend her February half term break learning about leadership and the workplace with the University of Cumbria.

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Dream Placement 2019 Selection Day

Almost 50 determined teenagers from across Cumbria have gained Dream Placements with top employers within the county after an exciting Selection Day of interviews and confidence-building business exercises.

More than 80 young people were competing for the opportunity of a lifetime to spend their February 2019 half-term holiday alongside leaders in the workplace, through the unique competition organised by the Centre for Leadership Performance.

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Participating companies at the selection event at Energus near Workington ranged from major nuclear industry players Sellafield Ltd, Doosan Babcock, Balfour Beatty, Westinghouse and James Fisher Nuclear, to NHS Health Trusts, Carlisle and Allerdale Councils, GlaxoSmithKline, and transport giant Direct Rail Services. They also included SMEs like non-destructive testing specialist Responsive, and the office of Copeland MP Trudy Harrison who will be taking two successful candidates down to Westminster.

Almost 200 young people aged 16-18 originally applied for the Dream Placements and those who did not secure a place gain personal development benefits through taking part and competing for opportunities. Dream Placements spend a week alongside business leaders discovering what it takes to become one, while host companies connect with motivated young people to give them an insight into the career opportunities that exist in Cumbria.

Gareth McNally from Responsive Ltd commented: "Dream Placement is important because it gives young people the opportunity to speak to companies. It is a little like the 'X-factor' in that there are people out there who could be integral to your business, but you wouldn't know until you give them this opportunity. A previous Dream Placement candidate is now working in our business and we are looking for more young people in the future."

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Dream Placement 2019 Selection Day

Dream Placement 2019 Selection Day

Almost 50 determined teenagers from across Cumbria gain Dream Placements with top employers within the county after an exciting Selection Day of interviews and confidence-building business exercises. Watch the video here...

Steve Capner from Westinghouse

Steve Capner from Westinghouse

Steve Capner from Westinghouse talks about Dream Placement 2019

Cyclife interview with DP alumni Katherine Armstrong

Katherine Armstrong

Katherine Armstrong was at Millom School when she took part in Dream Placement. She became an ambassador which led to her dream job at Cyclife Group EDF

Gareth McNally from Responsive Ltd

Gareth McNally from Responsive Ltd

Gareth McNally from non-destructive testing specialist company Responsive Ltd talks about Dream Placement 2019

Louise MacKenzie from Story Homes

Louise MacKenzie, Group Talent & Development Leader at Story Homes explains why she believes Dream Placement is important

Story Homes is a long-time collaborator with the Centre for Leadership Performance on providing young people in Cumbria with life-changing experiences through Dream Placement

Hannah Thurogood

Successful Dream Placement candidate Hannah Thurogood talks about her work at Balfour Beatty

Hannah Thurogood joined Balfour Beatty as a Project Controls Apprentice after completing Dream Placement

Tara Moore

Tara Moore, Learning & Development Advisor at the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority talks about the value of Dream Placement

The Nuclear Decommissioning Authority is one of the organisations collaborating with the Centre for Leadership Performance on Dream Placement 2019

Tara Moore, Learning and Development Advisor at the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority adds: "We interview six or seven candidates during the day and find there is an incredible calibre of talented young people coming through. I think Dream Placement is a fundamental opportunity for them because without having experience in the workplace and being able to interface and ask questions it is very difficult for them to make those life-decisions. The scheme provides a huge payback to us, because it shows the wealth of opportunities within the nuclear industry, not simply engineering but also areas like HR, communications, legal."

Sylvia Grainger

Sylvia Grainger from the University of Cumbria

Sylvia Grainger, Development Manager at the University of Cumbria, talks about Dream Placement

Sylvia Grainger from the University of Cumbria agrees: "An event like today gives young people experiences they may not have had before, engaging in problem-solving exercises, meeting lots of new people from business and education, helping them to develop and grow their confidence. It is great for us to work with the young people and hear about their dreams and aspirations, and help to shape their future which is so important."

Katherine Armstrong was a Millom Sixth Form student when she first took part in Dream Placement in 2016-17, which led to gaining her dream job. She went on to become an ambassador for the programme and through that activity came to the notice of Cyclife Groupe EDF which earlier this year employed her as a trainee in transport and logistics. She explains: "Cyclife created an opportunity for me, and now I am working in my dream job. I didn't even know Cyclife existed before Dream Placement. It was a real eye-opener to see all those companies involved in the scheme."

The line-up of companies and organisations hosting the young people includes: Allerdale Borough Council, Amcor Flexibles, Balfour Beatty, Carlisle City Council, Centre for Leadership Performance, Copeland MP Trudy Harrison, Costain, Cyclife Groupe EDF, Direct Rail Services, Doosan, Energus, GlaxoSmithKline, James Fisher Nuclear, Lakes College, Mott Macdonald, Newsquest (InCumbria, The Mail), Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust, NSG Environmental, Nuclear Decommissioning Authority, Responsive, Sellafield Ltd, Story Homes, Story Contracting, Westinghouse, University of Cumbria, and Wood (formerly Amec FW).

CfLP Marketing and Business Development Manager Sarah Glass explains: "Dream Placement was co-created with businesses which now fund the scheme and it is a vital tool in addressing talent attraction and retention in Cumbria. Collaboration is at the centre of everything we do, and this unique programme simply could not happen without the support of businesses and partners working together."

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Organisations Offering Dream Placements in 2019

Organisations Offering Dream Placements in 2019

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Want Your Organisation Involved in Dream Placement 2019?

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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Abigail Caldew and Katherine Armstrong

Above: Abigail Caldew and Katherine Armstrong now employed by their Dream Placement host company Cycliffe EDF.

Dream Placement ambassadors this year promoting to Workington Academy

Above: Dream Placement ambassadors this year promoting to Workington Academy.