Record response from business hosts for Dream Placement 2022

Cumbria’s unique leadership and business experience programme Dream Placement 2022 has got the biggest ever line up of companies and organisations eager to host students for the February half term week.

Centre for Leadership Performance Executive Director Sarah Glass says their team has been absolutely blown away by the enthusiasm from Cumbria employers with 40 of them signing up for the collaborative programme.

She explains: “The programme would not exist without the support of our partners within the county’s business community who recognise the need to connect with young people and have demonstrated the value they place upon it by supporting Dream Placement.”

Almost 200 young people have applied for placements and they will all have the opportunity take part in dynamic online activities and individual engagement to gain maximum benefit from taking part, in terms of personal development and gaining life skills. On December 9th shortlisted teenagers will be interviewed by hosts at the selection event at Energus.

Dream Placement 2022 is designed to offer a blend of face-to-face encounters and virtual online engagement, building on the feedback from hosts and students before and during the COVID lock down. They all appreciated the online activity in 2021 that expanded the opportunities offered by the programme and enabled it to continue despite lockdowns.      But there was unanimous agreement that going forward there also had to be face-to-face engagement, and this year’s programme offers the best of both options.

Young people aged 16-18 can learn about career opportunities and interact with leaders within companies operating in Cumbria, and bosses can connect directly with their future workforce, to discover their dreams and ambitions.

More than 2,500 young people have so far been involved with this unique Cumbrian development programme which is funded by businesses that share a commitment to invest in the county’s young people.

Applicants benefit from engaging with other young people and with business leaders, sharing experiences and aspirations through Cumbria Future Leaders. The active youth network now involves almost 1000 young people connecting and brokering links with employers and other youth groups for dialogue and discussions.