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Thursday, 21 August 2014

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Students celebrate Dream Placements

CELEBRATING the achievements of students is the aim of a prestigious ceremony next week.

By Sarah Robinson

More than 30 sixth form students from across Cumbria took part in the Dream Placement programme, which involved them working with top companies.

They spent the half-term break with employers learning how managers and leaders organise the company.

A celebration event takes place on Tuesday (March 18) at Energus for the young people. They will be joined by business officials.

The initiative was run by Lillyhall’s Centre for Leadership Performance and funded by Nuclear Management Partners (NMP).

Businesses supporting the programme were: NMP, Sellafield, National Nuclear Laboratory, GSK, NDA, BAE Systems Marine, React Engineering, TIS Ltd, Innovia, Allerdale and Copeland Borough Councils, CFM Radio, Iggesund and Energy Solutions.

During his work placement, West Lakes Academy pupil Daniel Burrow got a sneak preview of the Albion Square project while working with Copeland Council.

He said: “Everyone here is so pleased to see you and makes time to talk to you – they all want you to do well. Getting to see inside the Albion Square project was brilliant, and something very few people will have the chance to do before it opens.”

Pat Graham, Copeland’s director of services, said: “Daniel was a splendid candidate and really seemed to enjoy learning how the council works.”

Sellafield provided 10 placements. The group toured the site and learned about the decommissioning operation.

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

Also taking part in some of the Sellafield activities were placements with NMP.

Georgina Grant, from West Lakes Academy, said: “I’ve learned a lot of new communications skills which I will aim to use in the future.”

Companies hosting the placements praised the students.

Rory O’Neill, Sellafield’s stakeholder relations director, said: “When we saw the calibre of the young people at the Dream Placement selection day, I decided we would take 10 at Sellafield instead of the two we had planned, and it was definitely the right decision. They are so smart, so motivated and enthusiastic, it has been a real privilege having them in the business.”

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