Lifelong leadership learning in Cumbria

Dream Placement


Dream Placement is a unique Cumbrian initiative, project managed by the Centre for Leadership Performance, that brings together bright, motivated young students aged 16-18 with some of the most forward-looking and successful businesses in the county.

Dream Placement is a leadership development programme that for some young people will result in a week’s Dream Placement in industry.

The Dream Placement scheme has been co-created by CfLP with businesses across Cumbria who want to connect with their future workforce and showcase the breadth of opportunities within their organisations.

The scheme gives all young people who apply development opportunities and a chance to come together with employers for safe meaningful dialogue and engagement at each stage of this 6 month programme.

Yearly, applications open between September and end of October; shortlisted applicants are invited to a Selection event early December where they are interviewed by 2 host companies for a chance to secure their Dream Placement. Successful students then have a development event in January and placements take place in the February Half term week. A showcase event takes place in March.


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.
Lifelong Leadership Learning in Cumbria