A group of nineteen Sixth Form students from St Benedict’s Catholic High School have been shortlisted for the Centre for Leadership Performances Dream Placement competition, and will go through to the next round this week at Energus.
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.
The selection day on 8th December will involve some confidence boosting activities and ‘speed interviewing’ with the Host Companies, which include Copeland Borough Council, Sellafield Ltd, West Lakes Engineering, and many others.
Sheena Kar, Director of Learning at the Sixth Form Centre, is very proud so many students have got through to this stage:
‘We are delighted that so many of our students have made it to the selection day for the Dream Placement. This scheme is an excellent opportunity to prepare our students for the world of work and also work with senior managers in local industry. I wish all our students the best for the selection day and know that they will be a credit to our school and sixth form.’
The successful candidates will then progress to the next stage which is the week-long placement for each student with their host company. Students get the chance to see how the real world of business operates, how leaders work and how vital decisions are made.
Centre for Leadership Performance Marketing and Business Development Manager Sarah Glass explains:
‘Dream Placement guarantees an exciting and rewarding experience for the young people taking part, who have a unique opportunity to experience life inside Cumbria’s most dynamic businesses and learn about the career opportunities that exist here in Cumbria.
They are challenged to present themselves in the most positive way, and the selection process includes exercises to focus them on the work environment and give them an insight into the talents and behaviours which will help them succeed. Young people appreciate that even if they don’t secure a placement, taking part in the selection process is a huge development opportunity, and an experience not to be missed.
We have a terrific record of success with host companies and the young people who have taken part in the programme. They are all hugely enthusiastic about the difference it makes and the relationships it builds for every young person entering the competition’
Sarah adds: ‘CforLP is all about collaboration and Dream Placement demonstrates that when businesses and educators work together great things can happen.’