Lifelong leadership learning in Cumbria


Innovative Work Awareness Programme


The bespoke Elements programme designed and delivered by the Centre for Leadership Performance offers five-day work awareness programmes in collaboration with Sellafield Ltd staff and companies and organisations within the wider nuclear supply chain.

The aim is to engage with young people to help highlight and shape the skills required within the Nuclear Sector to strengthen the talent pipeline. CforLP will coach and mentor the students and facilitate all the sessions throughout the Elements programme, with at least five 5-day sessions taking place during the academic year.

For more information about the Elements programme and how to get involved, please contact


Engineering skills and the potential for using digital and innovative technology including  robotics was included in the scope of the Elements 2023 work awareness programme developed for Sellafield Ltd to involve Year 10 and Year 12 students in Copeland and Allerdale.

There was a focus on raising awareness of critical skills needs, in particular Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM), allowing individuals to access opportunities and to understand the breadth of career opportunities within Sellafield Ltd and the wider supply chain.

Representatives from Sellafield Ltd and Tier 2 supply chain companies delivered sessions against their areas of expertise. They are designed to raise awareness of the range of disciplines, job roles and capabilities that are required within the nuclear sector. Young people also gained opportunities to develop wide-ranging skills including leadership, teamwork, problem solving and communication.

West Coast Sixth Form

“The sessions were very informative”

 St Joseph’s Catholic High School

It’s fun and it gives you a lot of information about engineering and other types of jobs and what it’s like in the world of work”

 Energy Coast UTC

“I’ve really enjoyed the week it’s been a great experience and it’s really helped me to be able to present. Very enjoyable!”

 West Lakes Academy

I gained a lot of knowledge about the pathways available in the future”

 Workington Academy & Netherhall School

I gained so much confidence with working with new people”

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  • Gain a greater awareness of the various engineering disciplines and career and study pathways available
  • Gain awareness and experience of the skills and behaviours needed to succeed in the workplace
  • Gain a greater understanding of the workplace environment
  • Become more aware of the range of organisations working with Sellafield and the breath of opportunities which may exist within them
  • Gain experience of project management, engineering, and business functions through real work scenarios
  • Be able to demonstrate teamwork, creative thinking, problem solving and leadership skills
  • Become more confident communicating with others in a range of job roles and organisations
  • Benefit from the experience of a wide range of employees from multiple organisations
  • Can work on real business challenges and express their ideas in a safe inclusive environment, empowering them to make a difference and feel like their
  • Contributions are valued within the Sellafield Ltd community
  • Gain experience in online platforms and new business practices
  • Benefit from building support networks with other young people taking part in the programme
  • Benefit from being part of the Cumbria Future Leaders Network

If you are a student that would like to get involved please don’t hesitate to contact us.

If you are a company interested in volunteering your time for this project or are interested in running a similar programme as an work experience for your company.  Please contact us.

For more information about the Elements programme and how to get involved, please contact

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Lifelong Leadership Learning in Cumbria