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Dream Placement for students at GSK in Ulverston

Two Cumbrian students will spend half term getting experience of working at GSK in Ulverston as part of Dream Placement Week.

Jenny Bond from Ulverston Victoria High School and Matthew Smith from Workington Sixth Form will visit different departments at the Ulverston factory. They will meet senior managers and other members of staff, apprentices and graduates to find out about their roles in the company, as well as getting some hands on experience.

Dream Placement is a Cumbria-wide scheme for 6th form students run by the Centre for Leadership Performance. The aim is to give the county's future leaders the chance to gain first hand experience of the kind of employment opportunities that are available in Cumbria, and to see local leaders in action.

Over 500 students applied for a Dream Placement by writing a 150-word essay on why they should be considered for the scheme. One hundred students were then short-listed to go to an assessment day, where they took part in team and confidence building exercises, as well being interviewed by representatives from seven different companies.

Laura Jenkins and Mark Richards represented GSK at the assessment day and picked Jenny and Matthew to spend the week at the Ulverston factory.

Laura says: "We were both very impressed by Jenny and Matthew and delighted to be able to invite them to come to GSK. The Dream Placement scheme is a great opportunity for young people to learn about the kind of jobs that are available here on their doorstep in Cumbria."

Pat McIver from GSK says: "We're delighted to be taking part in the Dream Placement scheme again. We are looking forward to giving Jenny and Matthew the opportunity to see different parts of the factory in Ulverston and talk to a range of managers and staff.

"Our plans to build a new biopharmaceutical manufacturing facility here mean there will be even more opportunities in future, including jobs in science, technology and engineering. We are keen to inspire young people to think about the type of roles that will be available, including high quality apprenticeships and a range of opportunities for graduates."

Al Mather, the Managing Director of the Centre for Leadership Performance, says: "Too many bright people from this county think that the best opportunities lie outside of Cumbria. With the help of local employers and schools, we're looking to set the record straight and show the fantastic careers that are available right here in Cumbria."

The experience that Jenny and Matthew will get at GSK will qualify them for a Silver Award from Industrial Cadets, an industry led accreditation for 11-19 year olds which aims to help develop a skilled and enthusiastic workforce.

GSK will be providing updates on Jenny and Matthew's Dream Placement on the GSK Ulverston website and on Twitter (@GSKUlverston).

GSK, February 13, 2015

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