Cumbria Future Leaders Forum Notice Board

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

Monday June 18, 2018

An 'extra' paid science placement opportunity is available in West Cumbria at The University of Manchester's Dalton Cumbrian Facility this summer, in addition to the projects recruited for in recent weeks.

We're looking for a local undergraduate or Masters student to undertake a chemistry-based project, with academic support and supervision, starting in early July. Very capable A Level students may also be considered.

This is a super opportunity for a local student to gain experience in a research environment.

See details below. Deadline is Friday June 22 at 17:00. Please contact Alex Baidak if you have any questions prior to application.

Paid Undergraduate Summer Research Placement (REF: DCF2018-4)

Radiation chemistry of graphene oxide-water dispersions

Project start date: Early July 2018
Duration: Roughly 6 weeks: to be confirmed with project lead

Project summary: In this project, the radiation effects on the two types of graphene oxide (GO) dispersed in water will be studied. The need for this research stems from the fact that GO materials are now considered as promising candidates for efficient and selective adsorption of various radionuclides from aqueous effluents. A lot of research is still required to provide technical and mechanistic underpinning of the GO-based technology. For example, very little is known about how the structure of graphene oxide changes when this material is exposed to radiation in aqueous environments.

This research project will aim to characterise the effects of γ-irradiation on the two commercially available GO compounds, namely GO-gra and GO-oxy. These materials are distinctly different from each other in terms of their oxidation degree: GO-oxy contains up to 50% of oxygen, whereas GO-gra has only about 10% fraction of oxygen. Hence this project also aims to examine the influence of the chemical composition of GO materials on their radiation induced structural modifications.

GO-oxy and GO-gra compounds were irradiated in the presence of air, i.e. under the conditions at which the aqueous waste in nuclear legacy ponds is likely to be found, and also under inert conditions (argon atmosphere) for comparison. Hydrogen peroxide and hydrogen yields will be measured from the irradiated dispersions, to gain insight into the reaction mechanisms between the radiolysis products of water and dispersed GO.

In summary, this research project endeavours to make a contribution to the scientific underpinning of GO-based waste water treatment technology in nuclear industry.


  • Good laboratory skills
  • A strong interest in nanomaterials and analytical chemistry
  • Competent user of MS Office (Excel, Word etc)
  • Good analytical thinking
  • Patience, dedication, good time management skills and the ability to work under own initiative
  • Good communication skills and the ability to work as part of a team
  • Ideal for an undergraduate or Masters student but interested A Level students are welcome to apply

Salary: The successful candidate will be paid £8.64 per hour based on a 35 hour working week.

How to apply: Please email a CV and covering letter to Alex Baidak by 5pm on Friday June 22, 2018. Your CV should include email addresses and telephone numbers for two referees who are happy to be contacted in relation to this post. Your covering letter should include the post reference number and should explain:

  1. Your reasons for wishing to undertake this particular project
  2. How you meet all or most of the requirements set out above

Shortlisted candidates can expect to be invited to interview, which may be in person or via an appropriate digital platform, e.g. Skype or Facetime.

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Friday June 8, 2018

The next Copeland Borough Council apprentice programme is now taking shape. The following opportunities may be of interest to school leavers or those leaving sixth form and will commence in September...

  • 2 x Horticultural apprenticeships (Level 2) in the Parks & Open Spaces team
  • 1 x Chartered Surveyor apprenticeship (Level 6) in the Building Control / Housing team (shared)
  • 1 x Regulatory Compliance apprenticeship (Level 4) in the Environmental Health team
  • 1 x Business Administration apprenticeship (Level 3) in the Economic Development / Copeland Community Fund team (shared)

The programme will be open to applicants on June 25, if not before. All vacancy information / application forms will be available via the Copeland Borough Council website.

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Thursday May 3, 2018

The first Cumbria Future Leaders Forum took place on May 3, 2018...

Cumbria Future Leaders Forum May 3, 2018
Cumbria Future Leaders Forum on May 3, 2018

Cumbria Future Leaders Forum May 3, 2018
Cumbria Future Leaders Forum on May 3, 2018

Tuesday May 1, 2018

Do YOU want to make a difference? Have your voice heard? Influence the way employers engage young people?

Do YOU want to help yourself and other young people like you grow your confidence, build your skills, get involved in interesting projects and have fun doing it?

Do YOU want to be part of a network of talented young Cumbrians?

Then the Future Leaders' Forum is for you!

The Centre for Leadership Performance is inviting YOU to the first ever meeting of the Future Leaders' Forum (the first thing we do will be to come up with a new name!) Come to the National College for Nuclear at 4pm on the 3rd May.

We are getting together as many past and future Dream Placement applicants as possible.

We'll get a tour of the brand new facility at National College for Nuclear including laboratory classrooms and the state of the art virtual learning / AI facility.

We'll give YOU our ideas for the forum and YOU can talk about your ideas on what YOU want. Together, we'll plan a great calendar of events. YOU decide who'll lead the forum. This is a great opportunity to be involved in the leadership of the forum — a great development opportunity!

We see it as a forum for young Cumbrians that is led and run by young Cumbrians with the support of CfLP — Your forum, run by YOU, for YOU!

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

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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

Accelerate your career with the Cumbria Future Leaders' Forum.

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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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