JFN joins forces with two new students for Dream Placement 2017

Over seventy 16-18 year olds from across Cumbria have this weekend been taking part in vital preparation ahead of their Dream Placements taking place over this February’s half term with the county’s top companies.

James Fisher Nuclear is one of more than 40 businesses taking part in the programme now in its fourth year.  Dream Placement was born out of conversations the team from the Centre for Leadership Performance (CforLP) had with companies about how to attract and retain talent, spotlight what businesses do, and show young people the breadth of fantastic opportunities available to them in the county. 

The students who took part in the Development Day at Energus in Workington on Saturday January

CforLP Dev Day - Neil Slinger web.jpg

 28th were selected from more than 200 applicants and completed a tough selection process to win a unique opportunity to see companies and organisations from the inside and learn about leadership from top management teams.

The teenagers took part in team-building exercises and learned about workplace behaviour, and how to gain maximum benefit from the programme which is organised by the Centre for Leadership Performance. The Centre for Leadership Performance is a not for profit private limited leadership development company which works to develop Cumbria’s Leaders for today and tomorrow.   They work with leaders already in place to develop their leadership skills but also believe that supporting the talents of all our young people is vital to the future economy here in Cumbria through initiatives such as Dream Placement.

Neil Slinger Project Manager at James Fisher Nuclear met up with Adam Johnston and Thomas Shaw, two sixth formers from St Benedicts Catholic High School in Whitehaven who are joining the company for their Dream Placement during the February half term.

Neil said “This will be a good opportunity for Thomas and Adam to experience first hand how we work alongside Sellafield Ltd to on their legacy waste and decommissioning campaigns. They’ll see how we have worked collaboratively with Sellafield Ltd to deploy the latest in ROV technology to improve the efficiency and safety of operations on site. I think they will learn a great deal in the time they are with us”               

Sarah Glass, Business Development Manager for CforLP explains: “The Development Day is all about collaboration – getting the students and companies to start working together so that both sides can get the best from the Dream Placement experience.” 

Choose Cumbria is also backing Dream Placement as part of its support for resilient recruitment. Other organisations involved include; Cumbria Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, Britain’s Energy Coast Business Cluster and Carlisle Ambassadors.