Mathew Tomkinson

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

Operations Director at Responsive Ltd. “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 are all worthwhile for our …

Ruby Brown

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

Chestnut Project Assistant at GlaxoSmithKline “We were really delighted with the number of students who wanted to speak to us at the selection event.  GlaxoSmithKline does not have as big a profile as some of the other major players in Cumbria but there was lots of interest.  We have supported Dream Placement from the start, and it has our full …

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 …

Heather Grisedale

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

Group Employee Experience Advisor at Cumbria Waste Group & Orian Solutions Ltd This was our first year taking part in Dream Placement but we have previously worked with the CfLP on Bright Stars which was been very successful and enjoyable.  Dream Placement is a good way of raising our profile with young people, and also drawing attention to issues around …

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 …

Eddie McCurrie

admin Centre for Leadership Performance, Dream Placement

Energy Coast UTC – Dream Placement with Story Contracting – Rail “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 …

John Heard

Keith McWhan Centre for Leadership Performance, Dream Placement

Year 12 Nelson Thomlinson School –– The Cumberland “Dream Placement was so much better than I thought it would be.  I had never done anything like this before, or even applied for work experience – but I am particularly interested in a career in finance and I wanted to see from the inside how an organisation like the Cumberland works.  …