David Robinson

Keith McWhan Centre for Leadership Performance, Dream Placement, Dream Placement Host

Early Careers Co-ordinator at Story Construction. “The students coming through Dream Placement seem to improve every year and it is tremendously difficult to make a choice at the selection day with candidates of such outstanding calibre.  “Hosting the Dream Placements gives us the chance to take a very close look at teenage applicants and the ones actually selected get a …

Matthew Murray

Keith McWhan Centre for Leadership Performance, Dream Placement

Year 12 Trinity Sixth Form – The Cumberland “I had done work placement before but this was totally different.  We met with the top managers in different departments and Des Moore the chief executive of the Cumberland.  Sitting with him in a high level meeting was like a master-class in seeing leadership in action, how he dealt with people and …

Cara Mattocks

admin Centre for Leadership Performance, Dream Placement

Year 11 at Windermere School – Dream Placement with Copeland MP Trudy Harrison “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 …

Sophie Barker

Keith McWhan Centre for Leadership Performance, Dream Placement

Kendal College – Dream Placement with Story Contracting – Construction “My parents both work at GSK in Ulverston so that is how I learned about Dream Placement. I was the only student from Kendal College.  Unlike the other students – I knew absolutely no-one at the Selection Day but that forced me to step up and introduce myself to lots …

Charlotte Nann

admin Centre for Leadership Performance, Dream Placement

St Benedict’s Catholic High School – Dream Placement with Responsive Ltd “I was surprised to learn at the Selection Day about the number and different types of companies operating in Cumbria.  I had never even heard of Responsive before that day but it was interesting to learn about their business areas – Non-Destructive Testing, welding and painting inspection.   I …

Christian Lofthouse

Keith McWhan Centre for Leadership Performance, Dream Placement

Year 13 West Lakes Academy – Responsive Ltd “I was not aware of Responsive before attending the selection event – in fact it was a big surprise the number of companies represented there.  I enjoyed seeing from the inside how the business operated – it is not a large business and so everyone knows everyone else and it feels like …

Joe Percival

admin Centre for Leadership Performance, Dream Placement

Keswick School – Dream Placement at GlaxoSmithKline in Ulverston “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 and …

Emily Hagan inspiring audience at Dream Placement showcase

Emily Hagan

admin Centre for Leadership Performance, Dream Placement

Emily Hagan – Dream Placement Alumni 2018-2019 “It’s one of the best things I’ve ever done.”  That’s how Emily Hagan sums up her experience of Dream Placement. Aged 17 and in year 13 at the Nelson Thomlinson School in Wigton, Emily already had her sights set on a Sellafield apprenticeship in project management – like the 200 other young people …

Cumbria Future Leaders

Ben McCullough

admin Centre for Leadership Performance, Dream Placement

I remember vividly back in 2012 when I was looking at the Dream Placement leaflet that was in my school reception, I logged on to the CfLP website, clicked the link not realising from this exact moment the door opened to what is an absolute dream career for me. The Year prior I was awarded St Benedict’s Engineer of the …

Nikki Hutchman

admin Centre for Leadership Performance, Dream Placement

‘The more people you meet the more options you discover, and the more doors that open to you.’  Nikki from Cockermouth School took part in Dream Placement in 2019 and secured a placement with Mott Macdonald  Now aged 17 she is planning to take a gap year when she finishes her sixth form studies in 2020 before going onto university …