A group of thirteen 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:
“We have had such fantastic feedback from our students who participated in the Dream Placement. The opportunity to experience a placement with a range of companies and getting involved in the day to day workings of these companies has been invaluable.”
“Students have taken away some fantastic experiences and are now buzzing! A huge thank to the CLP and all the associated companies for this fantastic scheme which really benefits our young people.”
Various businesses have taken part, with St Benedict’s students spending time with a wide variety including Westinghouse, Story Contracting, Doosan Babcock and Trudy Harrison MP.
Izzy Sloan spent the week at Westinghouse, she said:
“I immensely enjoyed my placement week. I got the chance to speak to so many different people within the company, visit two power plants and much more. The placement week has undoubtedly increased my self-confidence due to presenting in a communications meeting and speaking to people in senior job roles.”
“It has also helped me acknowledge that I do not need to choose one singular career path for the rest of my life; I can always keep challenging myself with different job roles in the future. I would definitely recommend dream placement to anyone in the future.”
Travis Short enjoyed his week spent working with Story Contracting. He said:
“My time with Story Contracting was very eye-opening and it allowed me to open up to sides of engineering that I never even knew existed.”
St Benedict’s School had the largest number of students taking part in the Dream Placement Scheme for 2019, with 13 being successful this time.