Dreams will come true for bright young Cumbrians

10th September 2015

Fantastic opportunities for students to experience leadership in local businesses with Dream Placement 2016

A new generation of Cumbria’s brightest and best sixth form students are being invited to apply for a ‘Dream Placement’ with the county’s top employers as the Centre for Leadership Performance launches its ground-breaking 2016 initiative to build a bridge between potential young leaders and business.

Over 30 companies and organisations are now involved in the scheme, with host companies from last year’s initiative taking part again. Cumbria Community Foundation are one of the local companies offering placements, in addition to; Capita, Nugeneration Ltd, Studsvik, Carlisle United, Sellafield Ltd, In-Cumbria, North West Evening Mail, National Nuclear Laboratory, Energy Solutions, React Engineering, Hi-Def, Story Homes and Story Contracting, Nuclear Graduates, Thomas Graham, GlaxoSmithKline, Nuvia, Mott MacDonald, NHS Foundation Trust, Amec Foster Wheeler, Direct Rail Services, Gen2 , REACT Engineering, NSG Environmental, Doosan Babcock, Bendalls Engineering, Costain, Energy Solutions, Createc, NDA, Jacobs, Innovus, Energus, and Allerdale Borough Council.

The Dream Placement

The successful Dream Placement candidates will spend a week with their host company during the 2016 February half term (15th- 19th), to get an insider’s view of Cumbria’s best employers, and see first-hand how these organisations’ senior teams and leaders operate.

Information has already gone out to schools and sixth forms across Cumbria and visits with host companies and dream placement ambassadors will be taking place in September and October to encourage students to enter and stake their claim to a Dream Placement by explaining in an online application why they would be selected. Students will be prompted to give 100-word entries about their aspirations and academic life.

Cumbria Community Foundation are delighted to be a part of the initiative and look forward to welcoming the successful young candidates to the team. With so many exciting projects that happen at our Foundation we are sure the placement students will have a positive and engaging experience to help them with future employment.

About Centre for Leadership Performance

The CfLP is a non-profit and private limited organisation that works to develop Cumbria’s leaders for today and tomorrow. Dream Placement is part of CfLP’s broader initiative of promoting leadership throughout the county and strengthening the regional supply chain – in particular, investing in future leaders and making students more aware of the fantastic opportunities for them in Cumbria. Participating companies are making contributions to help fund the Dream Placement programme this year.

Sarah Glass, Business Development manager CfLP, says “ We are delighted that so many organisations are on board for 2016. Last year was a huge success and with even more companies on board we hope to make 2016 even more successful. By working with local businesses Dream Placement offers students an insight into the breath of fantastic opportunities here in Cumbria and shows them what they can aspire to in leadership roles across the County and helps businesses connect with their next generation of leaders. I urge any young person out there who’s thinking about it to enter, this is a fantastic opportunity and is unique to Cumbria.”

The Application Process

The closing date for applications is October 26th 2015. After this time the entries will be scrutinised by a panel and individuals shortlisted will be invited to attend a ‘Dragon’s Den’ style evening on 10th December. Here they will come face-to-face with top senior managers and representatives from the organisations involved.

How to Apply

Young people wishing to take part in the scheme should visit www.cforlp.org.uk where they can find more entry details and view a video in which past students and host companies talk about their Dream Placement experiences.

For more information please call Sarah Glass at CfLP 07809436190 or email sarah.glass@cforlp.org.uk