Lifelong leadership learning in Cumbria

Dream Placement


Dream Placement is a unique Cumbrian initiative, project managed by the Centre for Leadership Performance (CforLP), that brings together motivated young students aged 16-18 with some of the most forward-looking and successful businesses in the county. It is a leadership development programme that for some young people will result in a week’s Dream Placement in industry.

It gives young people a vision of what they can aspire to in leadership roles across the county and helps them make informed choices about their future careers. For host companies the scheme provides fantastic opportunities to connect with their future workforce and bright young talent and showcase the breadth of opportunities on offer. More than 2,560 young people have so far been involved with the development programme which is funded by businesses committed to investing in the county’s young people. The more employers who engage with the scheme, the more young people we can place to gain experience of industry and leadership.

  • View the brochure to learn more here
  • View Dream Placement Key Dates here

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What is the aim of Dream Placement?

  • Elevate students confidence and develop resilience through a competitive but inclusive selection process
  • Inspire future goal setting
  • Provide greater awareness of different careers
  • Students develop a wide range of skills including; communication, adaptability, teamwork, listening, presenting, observing, independent working, professionalism, discipline and organisation
  • Connects businesses to their future workforce
  • Involvement helps to develop staff members
  • Businesses have the opportunity to task young people with business problems or projects to gain fresh perspectives and develop new ideas
  • Helps organisations build networks with other host company partners and raise the profile of your business

Who has been involved?

A wide range of companies have been involved with Dream Placement over the years. Take a look at who was involved in Dream Placement 2024 below.


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
Responsive Ltd are really pleased to continually support Centre for Leadership Performance Cumbria – a great asset to the not only the youth of Cumbria and its future generations, but those of leadership in business too! More companies should get involved….read more
Lee Grears Responsive Ltd
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
This was our first year taking part in Dream Placement although we have previously worked with the CfLP on Bright Stars which has been very successful and enjoyable. Dream Placement is a really good way of raising our profile with young people in our region, and also drawing attention to…read more
Heather Grisedale – Group Employee Experience Advisor at Cumbria Waste Group & Orian Solutions Ltd
GSK were not even on my radar but I found the Dream Placement with them amazing. I got to meet and chat to the site director and deputy site director, and accessing people at that level was fantastic. It was nothing like the work experience I did in year 10…read more
Joe Percival – Keswick School – Dream Placement at GlaxoSmithKline in Ulverston
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.
“Dream Placements is a fantastic initiative. We are committed to social value, fairness, and our people, both internally within MissionCX and across the wider community– we pledge 1% of our staffs’ time each year, to support charitable community initiatives like Dream Placements, and it is an honour to be involved….read more
Joanne Slater | Operations Director, MissionCX
“Another amazing Dream Placement with Costain Group PLC and the Centre for Leadership Performance. Activities like this strike into the heart of what social impact in Cumbria can deliver.”
John Edwards | Discipline Lead, Costain Group PLC

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Lifelong Leadership Learning in Cumbria