A Dream Come True
7 April 2015
Costain recently supported the Centre for Leadership Performance (CforLP) Dream Placement Scheme in Cumbria.
The scheme, supported by 39 companies in Cumbria, provides aspiring young leaders with a unique work placement during their school half-term. The students, who take part, undertake tasks to gain valuable knowledge and skills in understanding how business leaders make decisions and thus understand the challenges they face.
Ellie Ford, 17, from Whitehaven joined Costain for a week – working alongside the project delivery team at Sellafield and then the other half of the week at the Natural Resources Office in Manchester. Ellie worked alongside a range of senior managers and directors from a wide variety of disciplines.
Ellie said: “When you think of work experience, you’ll probably be stereotypical and imagine a student running back and forth between the photocopier and the kettle making tea for everyone in sight but that’s not the case at Costain and certainly not as part of the Dream Placement. I was thrilled to be awarded a placement with Costain, which has proven to be an extremely insightful week. I have always had the intention to pursue maths and science but was unsure on the career path to take. This placement has helped me to decide on a career in chemical engineering after meeting with the process team and exploring the various job roles available.”
Ellie is preparing to head to University and is working closely with Costain. Ellie will be applying for the Costain Graduate Programme.
Rob Phillips, Costain Nuclear Process Sector Director, added: “At Costain we place a great focus on our people and that includes the next generation of talent. The Dream Placement has proven to be a great success and Ellie certainly has the potential for a bright future in the industry”.
Pictured: Left, Costain Community Relations Officer, Luke Richardson, and right, Ellie Ford.
Costain Communications Department