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Dream placement deadline extended

Cumbria students still have time to submit their entries for a 'Dream Placement' with one of Cumbria's top employers, after the deadline for the initiative was extended until October 14th.

The Centre for Leadership Performance (CfLP) is inviting the brightest and boldest 16-18 year olds to step up and discover what Cumbria's best employers have to offer.

Dream Placement gives fourteen students a unique opportunity to spend a week with the senior teams and leaders of the county's top employers.

The successful students will also take part in a leadership development programme and receive expert guidance on how to improve their CV.

Companies and organisations taking part are BAE Systems, GlaxoSmithKline, Tata Steel, Iggesund Holmen Group, Innovia Films, the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA), REACT Engineering, Sellafield Ltd, Energy Solutions, National Nuclear Laboratory, Stobart Group, TIS Cumbria Ltd, Allerdale Borough Council and Copeland Borough Council.

Entry is easy – students must go to and fill in the on-line entry form, explaining in less than 100 words what being accepted for a Dream Placement would mean to them.

Short-listed students will be invited to attend a 'Dragon's Den' style day during November in which senior representatives of the firms involved in the scheme will ask them to pitch to win a place on the Dream Placement programme. The fourteen best students will be matched with the employers and will each get to spend a week on placement next February finding out just what Cumbria's employers have to offer for capable and ambitious young people.

Greg Rooney from GSK GlaxoSmithKline, said: "The successful Dream Placements student will shadow me, come to all my meetings and meet my leadership team. They will also get a chance to be involved in some of the community aspects that we run in the factory."

Managing Director of the CfLP Al Mather explains: "We have had a fantastic response so far, but the feedback we were getting from some schools was that they needed more time to enable their students to take part. Therefore we have extended the final deadline by another 2 weeks."

News & Star, Tuesday, October 1, 2013

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