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Home > News > Teenagers begin their 'Dream Placement' at north Cumbria's NHS

Teenagers begin their 'Dream Placement' at north Cumbria's NHS

Posted on Tuesday 19th February 2019
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Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (CPFT) and North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust (NCUH) are among the Cumbrian organisations who are supporting teenagers to have their ‘Dream Placement’ during the February half term week.

Dream Placement, organised by the Centre for Leadership Performance, offers 16-18 year olds the chance to spend a week within one of Cumbria’s most forward-looking employers, learning about leadership and career opportunities in the county.

Kate North, Head of workforce and Futures and Inclusion at the Trusts said:

“This is our 4th year with Dream Placement and we are once again amazed at the level of talent! Since joining the programme the NHS has offered placements to 21 students with a further 4 joining us this week wishing to pursue health careers in nursing, medicine, psychology and psychiatry. It is so important that we work with our local students to showcase some of the amazing careers they can have, right here in Cumbria.”      

Almost 200 young people originally applied for the Dream Placements and those who did not secure a place gain personal development benefits through taking part and competing for opportunities.  Host companies benefit by connecting with motivated young people to give them an insight into the careers that exist in Cumbria.

Copeland MP Trudy Harrison also met the two candidates she will be taking to Westminster as part of their placement with her office.

Mrs Harrison stated: “Young people in our area have talked really positively about Dream Placement and it is fantastic what programme provides. I would like to see more businesses offering opportunities like this to young people.”

A development day was held prior to the students beginning their placement to help develop the candidate’s skills and confidence.

CfLP Marketing and Business Development Manager Sarah Glass explains: “Dream Placement was co-created with businesses which now fund the scheme as a leadership development and placement programme where we ensure that everyone who applies can benefit,  and it is a vital tool in addressing talent attraction and retention in Cumbria. This unique programme is so much more than work experience, providing an insight into leadership, broadening horizons for young people and building their confidence and skills.  But it simply could not happen without the support of businesses and partners working together with students and parents.”

To see a video of the Development Day activity click on this link

To learn more about Dream Placement visit