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Dream Placement Opens Summer of Opportunity
for Cockermouth Pupil James

James Costin Story Homes is taking part in the 'Dream Placement' programme for a second year and potential candidates can apply for their place on the scheme now. Young students from across Cumbria can apply to the Centre for Leadership and Performance (CfLP) to spend one week with Story Homes, learning about the business and how leadership plays a key part in its success.

Story Homes offered the Dream Placement to two local students in early 2015, and one of those students enjoyed his time with us so much, he has given up his summer holidays to come back.

James Costin, 17, of Dearham, is spending his summer break working with the Story Homes' Commercial and Finance teams. James, a Cockermouth School pupil, originally gained his placement with Story Homes after a successful application and interview. James said: "I came to Story Homes in the February half term and really enjoyed it. I wanted to work in finance but I got an opportunity to work in every department, from land to technical and commercial. One of the Land Buyers at Story Homes encouraged me to consider doing more work experience and I approached the HR team to see if I could come back.

"Although I would like to work in finance, I found that the commercial team offered interesting work too, therefore I wanted to find out more. It's been great as I have spent time supporting the finance department but I also have a number of days in the commercial team learning more about their job. I have been able to price up various aspects of work and the requirements for different development sites.

"I would recommend applying for the Dream Placement as it's an opportunity to discover lots of different roles. I liked talking to the Story Homes' leaders and discussing the culture here, and how leaders influence the culture, and I have seen it for myself during this summer work experience.

"I have been supported by lots of people throughout my Dream Placement and also my summer working with the Story Homes team, in particular everybody in the finance team."

Applications are now open through CfLP and the successful candidates will take part in their own Dream Placement in February 2016. Colleagues from Story Homes will also be taking part in a presentation at Trinity School, Carlisle on 15 September to offer more information about the Dream Placement.

Story Homes, August 17, 2015

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