Lifelong leadership learning in Cumbria

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We are currently starting to recruit for Dream Placement 2025 and would like to offer the opportunity to more smaller organisations and other sectors in West Cumbria to enable us to showcase the opportunities within their organisations, connecting them with their future work force to create diverse and thriving communities and help retain young people here in Cumbria.

We recognise that the funding we ask businesses to contribute to support the programme can be a barrier to engagement for smaller businesses, third sector, charities and certain sectors including arts and culture, tourism and hospitality and retail. However, these are all areas that could offer valuable placements and experiences.

We are therefore seeking additional funding to ensure places are free for charities, small and microbusinesses and sectors within West Cumbria who have also been hugely impacted by the pandemic and face, like many businesses across Cumbria, serious skills challenges, and shortages.

For Dream Placement 2023 we secured funding from Copeland Community Fund and the CLEP to support nine smaller companies and those from less well-known sectors to get involved in the programme, which really helped to showcase careers in the nuclear supply chain and beyond nuclear. This increased the variety of opportunities for the young people of Cumbria and helped to showcase more thriving and innovative businesses within West Cumbria.

Please get in touch with or to discuss in more detail.

In 2023, Copeland Community Fund supported local charities and voluntary groups



“It’s a really good opportunity for us to get involved in this particular Dream Placement. We’ve wanted to do it for quite some years, but being a small theatre, a relatively small organisation, limited opportunities to kind of give the young people a real breadth of experience for a whole…read more
Deanna Shellcross – Rosehill Theatre
Doing Dream Placement was definitely worth it. It opened my eyes to the fact you can do something creative as a job and even do those jobs while staying in Cumbria. It helped build my confidence by stepping out of my comfort zone, meeting new people and going to new…read more
Heidi Rachel Haine | Millom School – placement at Soundwave
“I think it’s important to connect with young people this way because I think sometimes young people aren’t always shown the breadth of opportunities that are available to them, especially in Cumbria. And this is a great way for us to be instantly around and showcase to, one, the students…read more
Emma Dockray – Soundwave
“This experience has allowed me to understand that arts goes way beyond performing on stage and has allowed me to unleash my creative potential. I am really looking forward to the rest of the week and what it has to bring.”…read more
Layla Fatialofa | St Benedicts – placement at Rosehill Theatre & Florence Arts Centre

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Lifelong Leadership Learning in Cumbria