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Dream Placement Testimonials

' It was another fantastic year for Dream Placement and further evidence of the quality of young people available to businesses in Cumbria. I certainly recommend the programme to any businesses looking for bright young talent to join their teams. '
Andrew Gibson, Head of Technical & Compliance, Cyclife EDF

' It's been absolutely fantastic. I really really appreciated the time each department gave me to explain what they did and how they contributed to the work at CN. The project I was given enabled me to work my way through the week with an end focus. I really felt as if I was contributing to the company for the week. '
Victoria Hewat, Nelson Thomlinson School in Wigton, placement at CN Group

' I have always been interested in engineering since I was a young child. My Dream Placement with Wood has given me a better understanding of what working in a big company entails; allowing me to ask questions about this line of work, and speak to young engineers about what they enjoy. I am now certain I will pursue a career in engineering after sixth form. '
Joe Moore, Dream Placement student with Wood

' Dream placement was an opportunity which has broadened my awareness of what Wood, as well as other companies can offer in Cumbria, and across the UK. The highlight of my week was meeting different people within the business, specifically those working in the Birchwood Labs conducting different tests and experiments. '
Alex Messenger, Dream Placement student with Wood

' I've been given a really rounded insight into the work that the NDA does. I didn't realise the diversity of some of the work that goes into planning and looking after so many nuclear sites across the UK. During my week I've learnt as much as I can from as many different managers; from their knowledge and expertise to their approach to management. '
Ben Brock on Placement with NDA

' Wood is delighted to support Dream Placement because it gives us a chance to connect with the young people of the county and show them how exciting and challenging working life can be. '
Mark Ritchie, Operations Manager, Wood PLC

' We absolutely love being part of the programme, not only did the students have a great time but we also enjoyed having them. We will continue to be a part and supporter of the programme. '
James Manser, Learning Facilitator North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust

' Being a part of Dream Placement means we are able to promote careers in the nuclear decommissioning industry, which is crucial for us when it comes to having a capable and sustainable future workforce to carry out our mission. The students have gained a better understanding of our organisation and we, in-turn, have benefited from the fresh insight they bring to the NDA. '
Tara Moore, Learning and Development Advisor, Nuclear Decommissioning Authority

' We were extremely impressed with the way in which Bruckman and Holli engaged with our business and the feedback from those colleagues who worked with them has been nothing short of superb. Dream Placement is an excellent way for young people to see the world of work and build relationships which will help them as they take their first steps on their career journey. It was certainly a rewarding experience for Story Contracting. '
Craig Hamilton, Learning & Development Trainer, Story Contracting

' Katie, our Dream Placement student, certainly made the most of her week with NuGen. She put a lot of effort into considering questions to ask our Directors and others she met ensuring she got what she needed from the opportunity. Katie blew us away with her presentation skills demonstrating she has a successful career ahead of her. The Dream Placement programme has been the acorn of Katie's future growth and to being work-ready. '
Kathryn Jackson, Operations & Engagement Manager, NuGen

' This is the first time Balfour Beatty have taken part in Dream Placement and it has been a very positive experience for us. The project management by the Centre for Leadership Performance combined with their school contacts resulted in very high calibre applicants. The week's experience enabled us, as a company, to see the construction industry through their eyes and showed us which areas and opportunities we need to communicate more effectively to show the next generation of employees what a great place construction is to work in. '
Dianne Richardson, Socio-Economic Manager, Balfour Beatty, Major Projects, BEP Project

' The Dream Placement programme is a really inspiring idea; not only does it give students a real 'Access All Areas' insight into organisations, it allows organisations to hear first hand from young people about what they think. Often we get caught up in the running of our own organisations and having a window into your world opened can make you look and reflect on how you are doing things. '
Claire Molloy, CEO, Cumbria Partnership NHS

' Dream Placement is now in its fourth year of operation. It really does fill the void between the aspiration of young students still in full time education and the career that beckons for them in the future. In comparison work placements and other opportunities to sample what is on offer out in the work arena this scheme sets itself apart. This is many ways because of the type of employers that have signed up to support the scheme. Many are repeating their offers over the short life of the programme but they have already seen the benefits. Some of our brightest talent has been engaged with a diverse range of employers throughout the County. Shortlisting in an anonymised form is very challenging for the judges as the bar is set very high in this particular contest. All of the original applicants would have benefited from the experience of working alongside some of the best talent that we have in the County and those who have then made that shortlist should realise that getting to this stage in what is a competitive situation is no mean achievement in itself.

At the end of the process videos of the experience and presentations are made by the successful cohort and at this final staging everyone can see the benefits that have been gained by participating in the programme. The participants have their self esteem raised to new levels and that aspiration that they had at the early stages has now turned into inspiration for the individual to succeed at whatever they choose to do for a career in the future. Those who have participated in the scheme fully acknowledge that for them this truly has been a "Dream Placement" '
John Grainger, Stakeholder Relations Director, Britain's Energy Coast Business Cluster

' It's really good that my Dream Placement is being tailored to my interests. I'm particularly interested in business, marketing and public relations and Costain have really taken that into account. I'm really looking forward to the Dream Placement. It is really good to build contacts and having industry experience. '
Ella Clarke, Ulverston Victoria High School sixth form, placement with Costain

' The Dream Placement process has helped me with my interview and communication skills. It has been so valuable and I've learnt so much ... I would definitely encourage other students to apply for a Dream Placement. '
Jackson Readett, Barrow Sixth Form College, placement with GSK

' I was completely over the moon to get a Dream Placement at GSK. It is amazing how valuable it is for me as I have applied for an apprenticeship. The process has really helped me with my confidence. I'm meeting new people and being in a work environment. '
Sian Dawes, Barrow Sixth Form College, placement with GSK

' Have to say, Dream Placement was awesome '
Adrian Davis-Johnston, Innovus

' I believe that Dream Placement was a strong contributing factor as to why I am now a Project Management Apprentice with the company. I now have the opportunity to gain a degree while being in a secure job that will allow me to progress through the company's hierarchy. I cannot thank CfLP enough for their advice, direction and knowledge throughout the period. This is an opportunity every teenager should grab with two hands. '
Florence Hanlon, Project Management Apprentice, Sellafield Ltd
Former Dream Placement winner

' I was fortunate enough to be offered a number of apprenticeships over summer from different companies and I have no doubt that Dream Placement helped with this. As soon as it is mentioned the people conducting the interview suddenly take much more notice and are keen to hear about it. You can tell the placement is held in high regard by employers, local and further afield. '
Callum Foster, Cockermouth school student, REACT Engineering

' It has made me realise the scale and quality of companies in the area rather than moving away for a good job, I wanted to stay in the area post 6th form so yes it has helped me realise my ambitions. '
Callum Foster, Cockermouth school student, REACT Engineering

' It has made me more confident, as well as provided some valuable skills such as presentational skills and timekeeping skills that will be very useful for university. '
West Cumbria Catholic Sixth Form student, NSG

' I thought the entire experience was very well organised and carried out. '
West Cumbria Catholic Sixth Form student, NSG

' The placement was very well organised. I really appreciate the time and effort put in by the Centre for Leadership Performance in organising the placement. '
Workington Sixth Form student, University of Cumbria

' It helped improve my confidence and made me more confident in meeting and talking to new people. '
Workington Sixth Form student, University of Cumbria

' It was interesting to be able to get an insight into a global company which was local to me. I had great opportunities to meet people I wouldn't normally be able to on a regular work placement. It was really good, thank you. '

' Moving from REACT to HiDef and Createc on different days was enjoyable because it allowed me to see a larger spectrum of how a business operates and differences and similarities between companies. Also seeing how people on different stages of the organisational structure of the firm all have their part to play and are interdependent on each other. '
Callum Foster, Cockermouth school student, REACT Engineering

' It is an invaluable experience, being in an environment that encourages you to broaden your horizons and maximise your potential is so beneficial when considering your future. '
Millom School student, BAE Systems

' Dream Placement has prepared me for being in similar situations later in life, being in interviews or being in a workplace. It has boosted my confidence in these areas. '
Millom School student, BAE Systems

' The most enjoyable experience was meeting new people and learning about what future opportunities there could be. '
Millom School student, BAE Systems

' My placement with CCF was absolutely brilliant; I was generally quite emotional on the Friday that I had to leave. Thank you for organising such a superb placement week - it is really, really appreciated. '
Daniel Nixon, St Benedict's, NMP / Cumbria Community Foundation

' Once again we at NNL have been impressed by the calibre of our Dream Placement students. They have confirmed our belief that Cumbria has many talented young people who should aim at the highest levels in their future careers. I congratulate The Centre for Leadership Performance for their ground-breaking initiative and for the recognition and respect Dream Placement has achieved in only two years. '
Paul Howarth, Managing Director, National Nuclear Laboratory

' The Dream Placement students were superb and have given us an appetite for more of the same. Really bright, engaging students, send us more! '
Fred Story, Story Homes

' This is the first year that Mott MacDonald have supported the Dream Placement scheme and I can personally say I've loved every minute of it. Both our placements put considerable time and effort into securing their seat on the scheme, and we hope we matched them 'pound-for-pound' with the insight and experience they received during their week out with us. A very memorable and humbling experience that Mott MacDonald will continue to support. '
David S Brown MCIPS, Development Director Decommissioning, Mott MacDonald

' It's been a great week, don't want it to end. '
Amelia, Dream Placement student, Mott MacDonald

' It's going really good thank you. Enjoyed meeting everyone, they have been really friendly and informative, makes me wish I was part of Mott Mac, It's a great company. '
Jasmine, Dream Placement student, Mott MacDonald

' I've had a fantastic week with some really great people, thanks to everyone at CfLP for making that happen. The CN Group's absolutely wonderful. I've had a lot of interesting experiences so far and I'm really glad I applied for a Dream Placement. I know the other students who took part in Dream Placement will feel the same. '
Ashleigh Huddart, Dream Placement student, CN Group

' The week is going brilliantly! I'm absolutely loving it, thank you. '
Florence Hanlon, West Lakes Academy, Sellafeld Ltd

' The placement is going really well and speaking to the guys today, they seem very happy. They have already asked me if they can come back! '
Charlotte Quinn, Direct Rail Services Head of HR

' Having an amazing time on the placement thank you. I've learnt so much already and met some really interesting people! '
Amelia Moore, Keswick School, Mott McDonald

' I am having a brilliant time at my dream placement and I am thoroughly enjoying the experience. '
Aron Pattinson, Energy Coast UTC, Direct Rail Services

' I am really enjoying my dream placement it's a great experience and I have gained knowledge in the nuclear industry. '
Caitlin Fox, Millom School, NSG Environmental

' I would just like to say thank you very much for such a fascinating week at NNL. I found it extremely interesting and I have definitely achieved the goals which I had set on the preparation day. I feel very lucky to have experienced every part of last week and meeting very important members of NNL who have an extremely important role in the company and listening to their guidance to a career in science. It is called a dream placement for a reason and I was delighted to have experienced every part of it. '
Tom Wright, St Bees School, NNL Workington

' I entered because I am interested in Chemistry and wanted to see where a career in Science could lead me, after being given responsibility and got to see what a big organisation like Doosan does and how they operate and how many varied roles there are. After visiting Sellafield and speaking with different senior people in different roles all week I now know what I want to do, it's been an amazing experience. '
Katie Lowles, Cockermouth School, Doosan Babcock

' I knew I was interested in project management and the nuclear industry but I didn't know exactly what it involved. React designed the week to suit my interests and I have had a great opportunity that I would never have got if I hadn't entered the Dream Placement Scheme. I now know that I want to pursue a career in this industry and hope to keep in contact with everyone at React. '
Callum Foster, Cockermouth School, React Engineering

' My week at Story Contracting has been fantastic. It has shown me the huge variety of job roles, Rail department, Finance and Engineering. It has given me a much better understanding of the career I want to pursue. '
Lucy Wright, Caldew School, Story Contracting

' Before I started this week I thought I wanted an office based career but after being able to go onto site and see what everyone does I know want to pursue a career as a site manager perhaps or a project manager. '
David Pugh, Workington Sixth Form, Story Contracting

' Without the dream placement I would not have had this opportunity nor the chance of paid work experience in the summer with such a prestigious company as GSK so for that I am very grateful for all the work both the CfLP team and GSK put in to provide this chance to some very lucky individuals. I can honestly say it's the best thing I've done to help improve my chances of an internship through building a strong CV through work experience with local industries. '
Connor Cassley, Dream Placement 2014 placement with GSK

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