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Baines Wilson’s Dream Placement week

More than seventy 16-18 year olds from across Cumbria are now taking part in a potentially life-changing Dream Placements with Cumbria’s most exciting and forward-looking employers.

They will spend their half term break from February 20th seeing companies and organisations from the inside and learning about leadership from top management teams.  The teenagers won through from more than 200 applicants to the final stages of the Dream Placement 2017 competition organised by the Centre for Leadership Performance.

Baines Wilson is hosting Clifford Warburton of Ulverston Victoria High School.  During the week he will be learning about our business and getting an insight into how we operate by working alongside leaders from different areas.

Rebecca Weston, Chair of the Centre for Leadership Performance explained: “Dream Placement is vital because it brings together the collaboration between businesses, the students, the schools and the parents.  Importantly it gives the young people choices and informs what they might want to do in the future.  It also gives businesses an insight into what young people are looking for in terms of a career and is helpful in terms of recruitment campaigns, be it graduates, apprenticeships or trainee schemes.”

Now in its fourth year, Dream Placement was born out of conversations with business about how to attract and retain talent, how to spotlight what those businesses do, and show young people the breadth of fantastic opportunities for them in the County.

John Wilson, managing partner at Baines Wilson LLP said: “We are delighted to be a part of the Dream Placement scheme, the connection that it offers between Cumbrian businesses and school is invaluable in educating students on potential careers in the area and for keeping our home talent. We hope Clifford thoroughly enjoys his time with us.”

The line-up of companies and organisations hosting the young people for the half term week starting  February 20th  2017 includes: Abbey House Hotel, Allerdale Borough Council, Amcor, Amec FW, Ansaldo-NES, Atkins Global, Integrated Decommissioning Solutions, Baines Wilson LLP, Balfour Beatty, Bendalls/Carrs, Carlisle City Council, Cumbria Community Foundation, CN Group, NW Evening Mail and In-Cumbria, Copeland Borough Council, Costain, Coulson Associates, Carlisle United Football Club, Cyclife EDF, Direct Rail Services, Dodd & Co, Doosan Babcock, Forth Engineering ,Gen2, GlaxoSmithKline, Innovia, James Fisher Nuclear, Liberata, Liberty Work & Leisure ,Mott MacDonald, Nuclear Decommissioning Authority, Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust, NHS North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust, National Nuclear Laboratory, NSG Environmental, Nucleargraduates, Nugen, Nuvia, React Engineering, Sealy UK, Sellafield Ltd, Story Contracting, Story Homes, Thomas Graham, Westlakes Engineering and Westmorland Family.

Schools represented include: Caldew School, Dallam School, Keswick School, Kirkby Stephen Grammar School, Lakes College, Richard Rose Central Academy, Nelson Thomlinson School, Trinity School, Ullswater Community College, William Howard School, Barrow Sixth Form College, Cockermouth School, Energy Coast UTC, Lakes College, Millom School, St Benedicts Catholic High School, Ulverston Victoria High School, West Lakes Academy, Whitehaven Academy and Workington Academy.

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