Cumbria Future Leaders Forum Notice Board

Welcome to the Cumbria Future Leaders Forum. Below you'll find recent notices...

Tuesday April 17, 2018

The first Cumbria Future Leaders' Forum event is to be held on May 3, between 4 and 6pm, at the National College for Nuclear (at Lakes College, Lillyhall, CA14 4JN).

The forum will connect young people and employers, allowing them to develop and share opportunities and forge ongoing links and relationships. We are committed to making this an active network which will help identify and maximise the career opportunities available to young people in the county. We see the CFLF as a self-managed semi-formal group to allow Dream Placement Alumni to share their ideas, develop skills and accelerate their careers through social media and face to face events and activities.

The aim of this first event is to give you the chance to shape what the forum will look like, share and develop ideas on what the forum will provide and how it will work. Andrew Bernard (Bernie), Director of Innovative Enterprise (whom you will know from Dream Placement events) will facilitate the interactive discussion.

Please let us know if you are able to attend by emailing us here.

The Cumbria Future Leaders' Forum LinkedIn group is now active and if you haven't joined yet please do. If you've not yet created your LinkedIn profile, now is a good opportunity to do so! Simply visit

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Thursday April 12, 2018

Please see this interesting blog from the National Careers Week website. It includes articles about graduate and post-graduate options as well as advice on following a number of different career paths.

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Tuesday April 10, 2018

Far & Wild Travel Far & Wild Travel is a travel company based in the beautiful Edenhall estate, near Penrith. They are offering a 2 month internship to someone who is interested in the travel industry, either for gaining experience, or for seeing if it is something for them. Even if you are not interested in the travel industry, this will also give you valuable transferrable skills in business, marketing, management, sales, customer service etc.

You could start as soon as your last exam finishes and be done before the end of the summer hols or before uni/work/apprenticeships start. If you are choosing a gap-year, you could get involved later in the year.

If you live out on the west coast or along the A66, there is the possibility of transport too.

Email: Hello@FarAndWild.Travel


Here's a short article written by our last intern, who's just departed, about the kind of work she got involved with.

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Tuesday March 13, 2018

As highlighted below Innovia is holding a Women at Work Day taking place on Wednesday April 4 in order to promote industry as a career choice; in particular to females who are under-represented in parts of our business such as manufacturing and engineering. At Innovia we always have more applicants for works experience than we can accommodate so the event will also provide an opportunity for such students to experience a 'taster' of what careers in industry have to offer. The event is open to:

  • Both male and female students
  • In years 10 to 13

The event for students runs from 09:45 – 12:15 and includes the opportunity to:

  • Tour our world-class Wigton facilities (Manufacturing Plant or Research & Development)
  • Choose two half hour interactive break-out sessions – hear and see what makes industry a great career choice
  • Hear a short inspirational speaker talk about their career journey

The intention is that students will make their way to and from our R&D centre, however, if there are a large number of students from a particular establishment, we are happy to discuss providing transport.

I hope that the morning of the April 4 at Innovia will be of real interest, as well as an encouragement in their studies, for anyone who has an interest in a career in industry. I also hope that it will spark the imagination of both males and females who have not considered a career in industry or are unaware of the world-class businesses in Cumbria, of which Innovia is proud to be one.

Kind regards.

Ian Hill
People Development Manager
Innovia Films

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Tuesday March 13, 2018

United Utilities have just launched their Apprenticeship Recruitment Campaign for 2018 and have a number of opportunities available for roles in Cumbria across various parts of our business.

This may be of interest to Partnership Organisations – friends, families or colleagues – and is a great opportunity to help people into hopefully what will be a highly-rewarding role and future career with a FTSE100 company.

The company can't wait for a new intake of apprentices, to help them develop a career within the water industry.

They're proud to say that an apprenticeship with them is more than just a job, its fantaastic opportunities for training, development and being part of the @UnitedUtilities family.

Click here to find out more.

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