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Cumbria students given chance at 'dream' work placement

STUDENTS are in with a chance of working with top Cumbria employers under a new 'Dream Placement' scheme.

The Centre for Leadership Performance (CfLP) will match 14 bright sixth-form students with some of Cumbria's best employers.

The scheme gives the youngsters a unique opportunity to spend a week, getting a taste of what senior teams and leaders do within their organisations.

It is hoped that bringing together employers and Cumbria's talented youngsters will help local companies find their future leaders and help students find the right career for them.

The employers taking part in the Dream Placement scheme include BAE Systems, GSK, Allerdale Council, Copeland Council, Energy Solutions, NNL, Stobart Group, Tis Cumbria Ltd, Tata Steel, Iggesund Holmen Group, Innovia Films, the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority, REACT Engineering and Sellafield Ltd.

The Dream Placement scheme is run by the CfLP which is supported by the Nuclear Management Partners (NMP) and Britain's Energy Coast Campus.

Members of the CfLP team are visiting schools throughout Cumbria, talking to students about the importance of leadership.

Al Mather, managing director of the CfLP, said: "This is such a great opportunity for young Cumbrians. 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 deadline for Dream Placement scheme applications was the end of September and applications have now been reviewed. The short-listed students have been invited to attend a 'Dragon's Den' style selection day on Thursday in which senior representatives of the firms will ask them to pitch to try and win a place on the programme.

Greg Rooney, from GSK GlaxoSmithKline, said: "I believe Dream Placements is a fantastic opportunity for an individual to come on to the site and learn the ways of a pharmaceutical plant, making the product that saves people's lives and at the same time get an understanding of what our business is all about and what we do."

News & Star, Wednesday, November 6, 2013

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