Are you an Employer or Employee?


Cumbria is home to a vast range of diverse employers, established global companies to creative business start-ups, we are constantly evolving our leadership development options to meet their differing needs and reflect all stages in the leadership journey, we are here to help if you would like to talk about:

  • Your own career journey and aspirations
  • How you can connect with the next generation of talent and your future workforce
  • Your organisation’s development needs
  • The support we can offer businesses keen to achieve real social impact in the local community

Existing Opportunities

We also have a range of established programmes:

  • Short Courses– our range of short courses have been designed to help you respond to the changing landscape of the work place. All courses are currently delivered online and can be tailored and delivered to your team.
  • Leader to Leader– Leaders from a range of sectors form a diverse learning cohort to share experiences including time spent shadowing one another to learn more about other industries and gain an insight into other leadership styles and approaches.
  • Lean Forum– your organisation can become a member of the Cumbria Lean/ Continuous Improvement Forum, joining other Cumbrian organisation to attend Lean Forum events sharing ideas and thinking around Lean.
  • Bespoke- we tailor our development work to suit you and your organisations needs.
  • Volunteering opportunities – From inspiring the next generation to running workshops. We are looking for volunteers to assist our young people programmes.
  • Bright Stars– an amazing opportunity for budding entrepreneurs to work alongside businesses to develop their own business idea into a fully fledged business raising money for their school and chosen charity.
  • 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.
  • Bespoke 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. Such as Projx and Elements.
  • Primary Business Partnership- Provides a free matchmaking service between local businesses and schools in Allerdale and Copeland. You or your company can help build the future and benefit too.

and lots more, please contact us.


I have really have really enjoyed being able to share my career experience even though it is very short, as this position is my first full time job. I really hope I’ve been able to inspire students like others have done for me through my learning experiences, and I give…read more
Rachel Bass- Lakes College/NcfN
I very much enjoyed the Pirelli event and took a lot from it. It was a great opportunity to see the tools talked about being used in practice.
We are an SME and competing against some major players for young talent in Cumbria so Dream Placement is an important platform for us to raise our visibility as an employer. We work with the Centre for Leadership Performance on a number of different projects involving young people and they…read more
Mathew Tomkinson – Operations Director at Responsive Ltd.
I am now able to take time out, to reflect and focus. I use action learning in the workplace and it has become a valuable tool knowing that any work issues or problems can be shared and discussed with my colleagues as a result of Leader 2 Leader….read more
Catherine Bird, Sealy
Bright Stars generates a tremendous feelgood factor for our staff and it reflects the pride which our business has in the local community. There is also a longer-term benefit – creating awareness among the children of career opportunities which exist within local companies….read more
Jayne Moorby -Oxley Developments