Sixth Form Students experience Dream Placement

A group of ten Sixth Form students from St Benedict’s Catholic High School have taken part in the Centre for Leadership Performance’s Dream Placement scheme over February half term.

The Dream Placement scheme brings together the brightest and boldest young students of Cumbria with some of the most forward-looking and successful businesses in the County. Now in its fourth year, the scheme is available to 16-18 year olds across Cumbria, who have worked their way through a selection process including applications, shortlists and interviews.

Sheena Kar, Director of Learning at the Sixth Form Centre comments:

‘The Dream Placement scheme has been a fantastic opportunity and experience for our students. They have thoroughly enjoyed themselves and will be able to use the skills they have learned for their future pathways.’

Various businesses have taken part, with St Benedict’s students spending time with a wide variety including James Fisher Nuclear, Dodd & Co Accountants, Mott MacDonald, and Doosan Babcock.

Bill Miller, Recruitment Programme Manager at Doosan Babcock signed up sixth form student Emily Garroway for the week:

‘We loved having Emily with us, she asked lots of questions, gave some great feedback and we know she really enjoyed her time learning about the business and its various functions.

She worked in the recruitment function matching up curriculum vitae to some of our roles in the Middle East, she found out how we deal with our suppliers with our Head of Sub Contracts, got a great overview on project management from one of our Project Directors, learned how and why safety is critical on our construction projects.’

Patrick Brennan, was another Sixth Former who took part, and he spent his week with Dodd & Co Accountants:

‘I now have much more knowledge of how to progress my career in the future. I had initially never thought about a career in this field but after my experience I am looking into it and the different jobs offered. The whole experience was very rewarding.’

Thomas Shaw spent his week at James Fisher Nuclear, along with fellow student Adam Johnston. Thomas found the week extremely beneficial:

‘The placement was an enjoyable experience, and I learned a lot about the decommissioning process taking place at Sellafield. It has made me think about other career options available to me.’

Another student, Jasper Lithgow, spent his week at Glaxo Smith Kline and found his week hugely rewarding:

‘My Dream Placement with GlaxoSmithKline was a sensational and truly life-changing experience.

As a result of my experiences with GSK, I am now very certain of my future career path; I hope to study Biochemistry at University, before entering into a career with GSK through their prestigious Future Leaders graduate scheme.

I cannot express the extent to which I would recommend the Dream Placement to future applicants.’

Calum Doran spent the week with Mott MacDonald and travelled to Sheffield, London and Carlisle as part of the placement:

‘I have gained an insight into how the design side of engineering works in a real life application. It has helped me a lot in my future plans, and I would definitely recommend the programme. It has been key in making decisions about my future.’

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