The Dream Placement scheme brings together the brightest and boldest young students of Cumbria with some of the most forward-looking and successful businesses in the county. With Dream Placement now in its fourth year, the Centre for Leadership Performance is looking to build on its success to make the 2017 Dream Placement Scheme even bigger and better. Could you play a part?

' Dream Placement is all about creating aspirations and developing Cumbria's highest potential sixth formers into tomorrow's leaders. Candidates build their confidence and skills as well as experiencing how companies and their leaders operate. This ultimately helps them to set their own career aspirations for the future. '
Al Wilson, CfLP General Manager

' To anyone taking part or thinking of taking part in the future, I would just say do it. Because there are very few opportunities like it. '
Flo Hanlon, now an apprentice at Sellafield Ltd

The most valuable part of the scheme is the week-long placement for each student with their host company. Students get the chance to see how the real world of business operates, how leaders work and how vital decisions are made. Companies get to build relationships with Cumbria's brightest young people.

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Dream Placement in a Nutshell

Step 1 — Applications

Local students aged 16-18* send in applications to the Centre for Leadership Performance. CfLP reviews the applications and makes a short-list of students who will be invited to attend a selection event.

* Live in Cumbria and will be aged between 16 to 18 on December 8, 2016.

Step 2 — Selection Event

The selection event is the first time that students and employers come together. During this day there are various activities, including speed-interviewing, which will help to match the students' skills and aptitudes to the various employers. Although there is no guarantee that every shortlisted student will be placed with a host company, we work hard to place as many students as possible. The successful students are then allocated to the host companies and all are invited to the development day.

Step 3 — Development Day

The students get together with their host companies for a day of activities organised and facilitated by CfLP, such as goal setting and skills audits, to get everyone prepared for the placement week.


Step 4 — Placement Week

The Dream Placement takes place — the exact programme of the week varies depending on the type of host company and the interest of the student but all will experience leadership in action and learn what Cumbria's employers have to offer for capable and ambitious young people.


Step 5 — Showcase Event

After the placement week the students and companies get together to celebrate what they have achieved and to share their experiences.

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Students and the Dream Placement Scheme

For students, the Dream Placement Scheme gives an insight into the world of work with a leading Cumbrian employer. But this is not just a simple work-experience scheme — as a student, you will get a unique opportunity to see how the senior teams and leaders of industry go about dealing with the challenges they face.

As an ambitious young person, this is a glimpse of how your working life could be in 10 years' time. Could you help lead a local business in the future? Or would you like to run your own company? Well, this is your chance to get a taste of what it would be like!

Benefits to Students

  • Exclusive to Cumbria
  • Not just a simple work experience scheme
  • Most valuable part of programme is the week-long placement
  • The chance to see how the real world of business operates
  • A unique opportunity to see how senior teams and leaders go about dealing with the challenges they face
  • Gives an often life-changing glimpse of careers that could be yours
  • The chance to develop your leadership skills and build your confidence
  • Dream Placements can also lead to employment opportunities
  • For every applicant: Even those who are not selected for a Dream Placement can benefit by receiving leadership development opportunities and support

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Companies and the Dream Placement Scheme

Register Organisation For the host companies taking part in the Dream Placement scheme, this is a chance to connect with the young people of the county and show them how exciting and challenging working life can be. The Centre for Leadership Performance can help match you with the right student and also assist with the structure of the placement week. The most important thing is that the placement should give the student a taste of what it is like being a leader in your company.

Benefits to Companies

  • Helps connect and build relationships between schools, local businesses and local talent
  • Working with our corporate partners through fully project-managed scheme
  • Attract bright talent — high calibre applicants
  • Network with senior leaders from other companies involved
  • CfLP has close links with schools and colleges
  • Well established programme
  • High media profile


Organisations Who Offered Dream Placements in 2016

Allerdale Borough CouncilAmecCumbria Partnership NHSDoosanEnergy SolutionsGen2Nuclear GraduatesMott MacDonaldGSKNational Nuclear LaboratoryNSGReact EngineeringStory ContractingStory HomesThomas GrahamBendalls EngineeringDirect Rail ServicesIggesundNDANuviaJacobsHiDefNorth West Evening MailInCumbriaCostainInnovusSellafieldCIPDEnergusCumbria Community FoundationCarlisle United Football ClubDodd & Co
NuGenStudsvikCapitaEden Housing Association
Balfour BeattyJames Fisher Nuclear


CfLP are a not for profit organisation. The Dream Placement scheme is not funded in any way and we ask participating organisations to contribute toward the scheme. These costs vary depending on organisation size, so please get in touch to discuss...

If your company would like to offer a Dream Placement in 2017, please register here...

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Key Dates for Dream Placement 2017

Monday 20th June 2016
Opening date for student applications.

Monday 24th October 2016
Closing date for student applications.

Thursday 8th December 2016
Selection Event — shortlisted students are invited to a selection event with the host companies.

Saturday 28th January 2017
Development Day — students who have been selected for a placement participate in a day of activities to prepare them for placement.

Monday 20th – Friday 24th February 2017
Placement Week — selected students undertake a week's Dream Placement with their host company.

Friday 24th March 2017
Showcase Event — companies and students get back together to share their placement experiences.


Read What Previous Dream Placement Students Said

' 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 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

' 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

' 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

' 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 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 placement with CCF was absolutely brilliant; I was generally quite emotional on the Friday that I had to leave. '
Daniel Nixon, St Benedict's, NMP / Cumbria Community Foundation

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Dream Placement FAQs

Still have questions? Read our Dream Placement FAQs here...

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