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Wednesday, 23 July 2014

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Cumbrian students get chance to impress county’s biggest employers

Forty students from across Cumbria were given the chance to impress some of the county’s top employers yesterday as part of a work experience scheme.

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Rachel McSharry speaks to a representative of Energus

The Centre for Leadership Performance, at Lillyhall, held its first Dream Placement initiative which saw some of the area’s most promising teenagers interviewed for places with 14 companies.

The youngsters, aged from 16 to 18, spent the day learning interview and confidence-building techniques, before spending the afternoon holding speed date-style interviews.

Media companies, to engineering and manufacturing companies made up the hiring firms which spent just 10 minutes grilling the students.

The 40 hopefuls will then be whittled down to just 14 successful candidates, with each business taking on one student.

Students will have the opportunity to spend time in different departments and shadow some of the firm’s workers.

The programme is aimed at investing in tomorrow’s potential leaders while encouraging talented young people to stay in the area.

Josh Gillgrass, 17, of Durdar, said: “I’ve had an interview with Innovia as I’m hoping to get into engineering so any experience will be invaluable to me.

“I got some great feedback from my interviewer which will also help with future interviews.

“It’s been really useful meeting the area’s big employers face to face and speaking to them directly.”

Sam Maddison, 16, of Low Moresby, added: “I really found this morning’s workshops useful which took us through some brilliant interviewing skills and personal development sessions. Today’s been an amazing experience.”

Al Mather, managing director of the Centre for Leadership Performance, said: “Today has proven that Cumbria has some very promising talent in its young people.

“The 14 companies here today are testament to the fact that they really do care about the area’s future workforce.

“The successful students will go on to receive a fantastic experience with Cumbria’s leading companies and who knows what opportunities that could lead to?

“The investment which has gone into this scheme is worth around £25,000 and we wouldn’t have been able to do it without the help of our funders and the companies which have supported this initiative.”

The placement winners will be chosen and informed before the end of the month.

Placements will start in February.

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