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Cumbria firms give youngsters chance to land dream jobs

STUDENTS from schools and colleges across Cumbria still have time to submit their entries for a "Dream Placement" with top Cumbria employers – such as BAE Systems, GlaxoSmithKline and Sellafield.

Greg Rooney

OPPORTUNITIES Site director Greg Rooney at GlaxoSmithKline in Ulverston, which is taking part in the Dream Placement scheme

The deadline for the scheme has been extended until October 14.

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

Dream Placement will give 14 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 online entry form, explaining in fewer than 100 words what being accepted for a Dream Placement would mean to them.

Shortlisted students will be invited to attend a Dragons' Den-style day during November, at which senior representatives of the firms will ask them to pitch to win a place on the Dream Placement programme.

The 14 best students will be matched with the employers. They 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, site director at GlaxoSmithKline in Ulverston, is looking forward to welcoming a Dream Placement candidate on board.

He 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."

Whitehaven News, Tuesday, October 8, 2013

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