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Wednesday, 23 July 2014

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Young people from Cumbria involved in Dream Placement scheme celebrate success

YOUNG people from across Cumbria took part in an event to showcase their achievements during a placement scheme.

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ACHIEVEMENTS GSK in Ulverston took part in the Dream Placement scheme. Pictured at the scheme’s showcase event are, from left, Laura Jenkins, commercial development lead for GSK, with third year apprentices Paul Cartwright and Jordan Wilson Paul Johnson

More than 100 school pupils applied for the Dream Placement scheme, run by the Centre for Leadership Performance, with 31 securing places.

The scheme was a partnership between the centre and various businesses in Cumbria, including Sellafield, GSK in Ulverston and BAE Systems in Barrow.

At Energus in West Cumbria on Tuesday, all those involved in the scheme, including the pupils and their families, gathered for a showcase event to celebrate their achievements and the scheme’s success.

Laura Jenkins, commercial development lead at GSK in Ulverston, said the three pupils who spent the week at the site had made a big impression.

Leah Thwaites, Hollie Fitzgerald and Connor Cassley, all from Barrow Sixth Form College, were given the chance to spend time with site director Greig Rooney, as well as getting involved in the production of some of the drugs manufactured in Ulverston.

Ms Jenkins, who led the programme at GSK, said: “The students all had different interests and we wanted to tailor it around them.

“We also managed to organise for them to visit our site in Barnard Castle so they could see the products being turned into tablets – so they got the chance to see the manufacturing process from start to finish.”

Two Millom School pupils completed their placement at Sellafield.

Anna Morgan wanted to get an inside view of a big business which, she believes, could be an advantage for her future career.

She said: “There are a lot of very committed people doing an amazing job at Sellafield.”

Fellow sixth-former Luke Barton spent time in business and finance and said: “It was really interesting to get an insight into all of the different things which make one of the major projects work.”

During Tuesday’s showcase event, those behind the scheme gave presentations to a packed auditorium.

Lesley Bowen, head of human resources at Sellafield, talked about the attributes companies look for when recruiting. She also praised the Dream Placement scheme.

“I was amazed at how many people took part and how successful it has been,” she added.

Gary McKeating, head of stakeholder engagement for Nuclear Management Partners – which funds the placement programme – was impressed by how well the students coped during the week.

“These young people are the leaders of tomorrow and it is important for businesses to engage with them and show them the exciting careers which are available right here in Cumbria,” he said.

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