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Dream Placement 2017 set for record entry

October 2016

Story Homes are one of more than 40 companies and organisations supporting the Dream Placement initiative hosting placements during half term in February 2017.

A record entry is expected for Dream Placement 2017 which enables 16-18 year olds across Cumbria to compete for the unique opportunity to spend time learning about leadership and career opportunities with the county’s top businesses and organisations.

Dream Placement is now in its fourth year and will offer more than 50 Cumbrian teenagers who get through to the final stage a unique opportunity to learn about business and shape their own futures.

Centre for Leadership Performance Marketing and Business Development Manager Sarah Glass explains: “There’s a real buzz about the competition for places this year, and also an appreciation from the young people that even if they don’t secure a placement, taking part in the selection process is a huge development opportunity, and an experience not to be missed.”

James Costin, Group Finance Trainee Joined Story Homes through the Dream Placement initiative.

James Costin, Group Finance Trainee Joined Story Homes through the Dream Placement initiative.

Students chosen for the next stage of the competition will attend ‘Dragon’s Den’ style selection days. They take place on Thursday December 8 2016 at Energus for students living in West or South Cumbria, and on Tuesday December 13 at Carlisle Football Club for students in North or East Cumbria.

Sarah continued “We have a terrific record of success with host companies and the young people who have taken part in the programme. They are all hugely enthusiastic about the difference it makes and the relationships it builds for every young person entering the competition.”

Dream Placement was born out of conversations with business about how to attract and retain talent, and show young people the breadth of fantastic opportunities for them in the county.
Ian Storey Managing Director said: “It’s a brilliant initiative and we’ve had a very positive experience. Our previous placement, James Costin is now our full time employee training to become an Accountancy Technician and a valuable member of the team.

“We fully support initiatives which encourage young people to take the time to think about their career and showcasing the wide variety of opportunities available in the county.”
The programme is now open for entries with a submission deadline of October 24 2016.