More than 30 of Cumbria’s top business will be offering young people the chance to gain life-changing experiences in the world of work through Dream Placement 2018.
Up to 200 students are expected to take part in the competition, which organised and delivered by the Centre for Leadership Performance (CforLP), which looks to connect Cumbria’s bright talent with businesses and organisations from a wide variety of sectors.
Now in its fifth year, the competition is open to 16 to 18-year-olds and is designed to help them learn new skills around leadership and the types of careers on offer to them.
More than 30 companies will be offering Dream Placements ranging from major players in Cumbria’s nuclear sector to small and medium-size specialist companies, local authorities, and the county’s health trusts.
The competition has grown year-on-year since its launch in 2014, and almost 1,000 students have taken part in the activities around the competition to win week-long placement with their chosen company, which in 2018 takes place during February half term.
Entries are now open and over the next two months CforLP is visiting schools and colleges across the county to explain the selection process and give students a chance to meet some of the host companies, and the young people who have been successful and gained careers through the scheme.
Sarah Glass, Marketing and Business Development Manager for CforLP, said there was already strong interest from young people.
“Dream Placement is unique within the UK and is fuelled by the extraordinary relationships and trust we have built with education providers and companies within Cumbria,” she said.
“The students now recognise that the competition could be a life-changing opportunity for them to choose their path to a career, and it is immensely satisfying for everyone involved to see the progress the students make during the selection process and how they respond to the challenges and the engagement with businesses and organisations.
“Companies taking part also benefit from meeting and getting to know the young people, both during the selection and the placement itself, within a process that is established and well-managed. Many of them have gone on to recruit their placements or continue their relationships and remain in contact as their candidates move on to university or training.”
Companies and organisations taking part in Dream Placement 2018 include: Allerdale Borough Council, Amcor Flexibles, Amec FW, Balfour Beatty, Capita, Carlisle City Council, CN Group, Costain, Coulson Associates, Cyclife Groupe EDF, Direct Rail Services, Doosan Babcock, Electricity North West Ltd, Gen2, GlaxoSmithKline, Liberata, National Nuclear Laboratory, NHS 1 - Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, NHS 2 - University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust, NHS 3 - North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust, NSG Environmental, Nuclear Decommissioning Authority, Nugeneration Ltd, REACT Engineering, Sealy Ltd, Sellafield Ltd, Story Homes, Westlakes Engineering and the Westmorland Family.
Organisations supporting the scheme include Cumbria Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, Britain’s Energy Coast Business Cluster, Energus, Cumbria Local Enterprise Partnership Choose Cumbria and Carlisle Ambassadors.
Students have until Monday, October 30 to submit their applications before a panel of representatives from host companies choose more than 100 students to go forward to the Selection Day event at Energus on Thursday, December 7.
Successful candidates will attend a Development Day at Energus on Saturday, January 27 for a day of activities that will prepare them for their placement during February half term (Monday 12 to Friday 16).
Finally, on March 27, a Dream Placement Showcase Event will see companies and students get back together to share their placement experiences.
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