Kieran Wallace

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Workington Academy – GlaxoSmithKline “We were given outstanding access to so many leaders in so many areas of the business during the Dream Placement week.  That included Phil Wilson Site Director at GSK Ulverston, and sitting in on the Tier 4 meetings which is  the highest level on the site.  Interacting with those people and being taken seriously by them …

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 …

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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

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‘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 …

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Ella Batey


‘You can’t make those choices without knowledge and experience.’ Ella Batey from Nelson Tomlinson School Sixth Form has applied for a degree apprenticeship with Story Homes, and hopes her Dream Placement experience with Story Contracting last year will work in her favour. Ella explains: “My week-long placement with Story opened my eyes to the huge variety of roles available within …

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Thomas Shaw

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‘I want to help other young people develop the qualities that will take them forward’ Tom, now aged 20, is a Dream Placement ambassador having completed a placement with James Fisher Nuclear in 2017.   He went on to become an apprentice design engineer with the company in 2018 after leaving the sixth form at St Benedict’s School, but is now …

Amy Scott Dream Placement Alumni CfLP

Amy Scott

admin Centre for Leadership Performance, Dream Placement

‘There are a lot of opportunities within Cumbria which you are not aware of when you are at school.’ A Dream Placement with Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust proved a turning point for Keswick School sixth former Amy Scott and opened the door to becoming a human resources advisor at the Civil Nuclear Constabulary – the dedicated police force which …