Dream Placement is a unique Cumbrian initiative 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 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 meaningful dialogue and engagement at each stage of this 6 month programme.

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. Around 200 sixth formers applied for 50 Dream Placements in 2019. The more employers who engage with the scheme, the more young people we can place to gain experience of industry and leadership.


dream placement cumbria centre for leadership performanceFor the host companies taking part in the Dream Placement scheme, this is a chance to connect with the young people of the county and show them how exciting and challenging working life can be. This is an opportunity to engage with talented young people.

CfLP can help match you with the right student and also assist with the structure of the placement week. The most important thing is that the placement should give the student a taste of what it is like being a leader in your company.

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For students, the Dream Placement Scheme gives an insight into the world of work with a leading Cumbrian employer.

But this is not just a simple work-experience scheme — as a student, you will get a unique opportunity to see how senior teams deal with the challenges they face.

As an ambitious young person, this gives an insight into your potential future. This is your chance to get a taste of what it would be like to run your own company or lead a local business!

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