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How work project helped make dreams come true

Highly prized placements offer teenagers a glimpse into world of employment at cream of county's firms

Victoria Hewat and Sophie Simpson
Victoria Hewat and Sophie Simpson

Around 50 teenagers from across Cumbria have entered the world of work thanks to an innovative scheme.

Dream Placement saw 200 youngsters apply to work with the county's top 50 companies and organisations to learn about leadership.

Organised by the Centre for Leadership Performance, Dream Placement is now in its fifth year and matches the young people with suitable businesses by selection days and presentations.

It aims to attract and retain young talent and show teenagers the career opportunities available.

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The Whitehaven News

Ennerdale School's Bright Stars Raise Cash

Ennerdale School

Working at the car wash were pupils from Ennerdale CE Primary School.

The youngsters earned over £230 by washing cars at the AECOM office in Whitehaven as part of this year's Bright Stars competition.

Organised by the Centre for Leadership Performance, each school is challenged to grow £50 as far as they can, over an eight-week period, with support from a local business.

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The Mail

Top employers set to choose Cumbria's brightest and best for Dream Placement 2018


YOUNG people from across Cumbria will have the chance to persuade the county's top employers why they should be given the opportunity of a lifetime and be chosen for Dream Placement 2018.

Dream Placement, organised by the Centre for Leadership Performance, is now in its fifth year of enabling 16 to 18-year-olds to spend a week rubbing shoulders with business leaders and discovering what it takes to become one.

Host companies get to connect with the county's brightest young people who will be the leaders of tomorrow, and give them a flavour of the career opportunities that exist in Cumbria.

The selection event takes place on Thursday at Energus, near Workington, and is the next stage in the intense competition.

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Dream Placement led to life-changing opportunity
for Abigail at Cyclife

Abigail Caldow Dream Placement helped Abigail Caldow on to the career ladder

Dream Placement gives Cumbrian teenagers aged 16 to 18 the chance to win a week-long placement with one of the county's most forward-looking businesses or organisations to learn about leadership and career opportunities. The scheme is organised by the Centre for Leadership Performance, a not for profit organisation based in Cockermouth which partners with organisations across all sectors to develop Cumbria's leaders for today and tomorrow. Around 1000 teenagers have benefited from placements, selection days and development workshops. In this article, we hear from a student and host about what Dream Placement means to them.

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Dream Placement Scheme Offers Students a Chance to Experience Working with NHS

Molly, Georgia, Alexandra and Will
Four students from Cumbria were chosen for this year's Dream Placement
Photo: Better Care Together

Four students from Cumbria were chosen to take up week-long placements within the NHS across Morecambe Bay.

It is part of an initiative called 'Dream Placement' by the Better Care Together Careers and Engagement hub.

The chosen students get to learn about leadership from within various companies.

This year, chosen out of more than 200 applicants were Molly from Milnthorpe, Georgia from Ulverston, Alexandra from Carlisle and Will from Cockermouth.

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