Are you a young person?


The Centre for Leadership Performance is here to help at all stages of your journey. We can help you to:

  • Gain work experience
  • Develop skills that will be useful in the workplace
  • Understand how your skills and strengths fit with today’s opportunities
  • Get involved in volunteer opportunities
  • Build a network with other young people
  • Reconnect as a returning graduate
  • Get involved in mentoring and coaching schemes
  • Connect with local employers and understand the array of industries beyond nuclear

Existing Programmes

You can take part in one of established programmes:

  • Dream Placement– a leadership development programme for 16-18 year olds who participate in a series of events to help increase their awareness of career options, meet employers and develop their skills and confidence in readiness for the workplace.
  • Unique work awareness schemes– Working with local business partners to create a week-long work awareness experience that simulates work-based challenges and gives them an opportunity to develop leadership, teamwork, communication and organisation skills, Projx and Elements
  • Cumbria Future Leaders– a free signposting and brokerage service for young people aged 16-25 and a mechanism by which the various youth boards, youth groups, young people and young professional networks can work together for greater collaborations and impact and be that diverse youth voice for Cumbria, driving their agenda and debating matters that mean most to them. 

Can’t find what you are looking for?


I had done work placements before but nothing like this. I was already thinking about civil engineering as a career – but I had no idea of those skills being used in the rail sector, so working with the Story team was a real eye-opener. The Dream Placement application and…read more
Eddie McCurrie – Energy Coast UTC – Dream Placement with Story Contracting – Rail
I really enjoyed this week, it has helped me gain skills i thought was impossible to achieve.
Student – March 21
I went into Dream Placement looking for leadership opportunities and an insight into working in politics. I found both during my week in the office of Copeland MP Trudy Harrison and her constituency team. I was surprised at the office environment – so friendly but so hard working on behalf…read more
Cara Mattocks – Year 11 at Windermere School – Dream Placement with Copeland MP Trudy Harrison
First off, it was amazing that experience was even available in terms of the lockdown, it was also a great opportunity to meet new people outside of your own school and work with new people who you may not necessarily choose to work with previously as you may not know…read more
Eloise- Student