St Benedict’s Sixth Form students take part in Dream Placement scheme

A group of Sixth Form students from St Benedict’s Catholic High School have recently taken part in the Centre for Leadership Performances Dream Placement Scheme.

The Dream Placement Scheme brings together the brightest and boldest young students from 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 offers our students a unique opportunity to be able to experience working in some fantastic companies. Students get a lot of the experience including how to network, meeting leaders of these organisations which then helps them in the future.”

“I am delighted that so many of our students were successful in gaining a placement after a rigorous selection process. I know that our students thoroughly enjoyed their time on placement and will have learned valuable skills to take forward into their future careers.”

Various businesses welcomed students over the February half term. The St Benedict’s students worked with a wide variety including, Wood PLC, Mott MacDonald, React Engineering, NHS, and Doosan Babcock.

Chloe Mason spent her time with Doosan Babcock. Here she took part in a Middle East recruitment exercise, where she selected a shortlist of candidates from 200 CVs. She also spent several days in Doosan’s HQ in Scotland. Here she worked with various teams and also took a look at the company’s Virtual Reality set up.

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

“We loved having Chloe with us, she was a breath of fresh air and had impeccable manners. Our managers who met her were so pleased to talk to her and answer her questions, and we hope that in the future Chloe will apply to us for a job with Doosan Babcock.”

Sixth Form student Eleanor Ball spent her week with Mott MacDonald. She commented:

“Achieving a Dream Placement was incredibly beneficial to me. It gave me an insight into a real working business and how they manage projects on a larger scale, something I hope to be doing in the future.”

“Learning from professionals within the business was really interesting. Getting to see what they do daily, noticing that their job is constantly changing and realising that they work with a huge variety of people.”

“I’m confident that this experience has prepared me for the world of work given that it was tailored around my interests and is a very unique opportunity.”


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