Friday’s Featured Vacancy – Welcome Helper with UCSU

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Would you like to be a Welcome Helper during the UCSU Welcome Festival 2015?

The University of Cumbria Students’ Union have Welcome Helper and Team Leader roles available at all University of Cumbria campus sites for current students.

Welcome Helpers are one of the biggest groups of volunteers at UCSU and they play a vital role in supporting new students and helping them settle into University life. UCSU are now recruiting for Welcome Helpers and Welcome Helper Team leaders to help during Welcome Weeks in September 2015. This will be a fantastic experience and a great way to develop key skills in a fun and (at times) challenging environment. You can read about what’s involved in the role here and if you would like to be considered for this then please complete the application form before 16th June 2015.

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Making the most of those pitching opportunities

I am so excited to be producing a fortnightly blog with the careers team and hope to bring you information and opportunities, my role at UoC is to support students who want to develop enterprising skills which may lead to starting your own business either full or part time, (but will also make you stand out to a potential employer) so I thought I would start with a couple of potential opportunities.

In the last few weeks some really interesting pitching competitions have started to emerge, now is the time to take action if you want to be in with a chance of winning some of the exciting prizes which are on offer, here are a few details:

Virgin Media have launched this year’s annual pitching competition giving you the opportunity to pitch to Richard Branson (a personal business hero of mine!), there are prizes for business development and new business ideas and the prize fund is a staggering £1m!!

In addition the ‘F Factor’ competition has also been launched; this one is targeted at our emerging young tech entrepreneurs (you need to be between 14 and 25 to apply) and has prize money of £10k!

If you would like further information or are interested in taking part in either of these and want some help and support please let me know, you can contact me via the careers team or directly at

Guest Post: Supply Work with Hexa Education

This week we have a guest blog post from Hexa Education, one of the supply agencies who attended our agency fair in March. There are a number of supply agencies across the country covering different regions and types of roles, so make sure you do your research and  if you want some more advice on which ones to sign up for contact the Careers Service on

 Are you training to become a Teacher or Teaching Assistant? If so, have you ever thought about working for a Supply Agency, like Hexa Education, to assist you in gaining vital experience within the classroom before you secure a permanent position?

Here at Hexa Education we have relationships with Primary, Secondary, Further Education and Special Educational Need schools within the North of England. We can help you to gain experience in the classroom that could enhance your skills and attributes in your future career within education.

How do Recruitment Agencies work?

As a Recruitment Agency, we provide you with our dedicated time and attention to fully understand your preferences when it comes to your career and your future job opportunities. We then seek work to suit you!

We can provide you with work that is day to day supply cover. This nature of work allows you to experience a variety of different educational settings that you may have not had the opportunity to experience during your course. It is also a great opportunity for you to interact with other members of staff within the education sector and make connections that could potentially lead you into your career.  Working on Supply opens up multiple doors!

Day to day supply generally arises when a member of staff is off sick, or perhaps they are working outside of school grounds that day, possibly on a course or field trip.

We can also provide you with long term and permanent positions. This nature of work often results from day to day supply bookings, as you become aware of vacancies within schools and, as you have built relationships whilst in schools from day to day, you stand a strong chance of securing an interview if there was a vacancy become available that you were interested in.

Long term cover can result from absences such as a Maternity leave, long term sickness and a general permanent vacancy position that has become available.

During your time with Hexa Education we aim to present you with experiences you will enjoy and that meet your expectations, which could then lead to a successful career in your chosen field.

 Not completed your Teaching Course yet?

This is not a problem as well. Working as a Teaching Assistant whilst you are completing your Teaching course is always an option. This will allow you to observe other teachers and reflect on your own practice, and again, provide you with vital classroom experience.

If you would like to speak to us about registering with Hexa Education then please call Ben or Sarah on 0161 882 1050. Alternatively you can e-mail us on either or  You can also find out more about us at

Friday’s Featured Vacancy – Part Time Lifestyle Consultant, Lancaster Holiday Inn

Spirit Healthclub logoThe Spirit Health Club located within the Holiday Inn in Lancaster are looking to recruit part time staff to join their excellent team for around 16 hours per week working mornings, evening and weekends.

The job opportunity is for 2 flexible hour lifestyle consultants who will be responsible for general health club duties, exercise prescription and instruction, customer care, sales & marketing, social outreach/event organising and pool plant operation.

You will need to be a graduate or undergraduate studying a sports or leisure related degree with a relevant fitness qualification, previous leisure industry experience and if possible a First Aid or pool attendant qualification.

This is a perfect opportunity if you are looking to gain experience in the leisure industry and make some money to support yourself through University, you will also be able to undertake professional development qualifications in subjects such as Gym Instruction and Advanced instruction.

For more information contact Tom Brooks at Spirit Health Club Lancaster Holiday Inn, Wa
terside Park, Caton Road, LA1 3RA by phone on 01524 843579 or email:

Alumni Spotlight: Abigail Ede

Abigail Ede, Class of 2010, PGCE Early Years

Abigail EdeAbigail is a year 1 class teacher at the Nord Anglia School in Dubai. Her teaching career has taken her from the UK, to Beijing, now to Dubai and next onto Hong Kong! Rightfully proud she says, “I’ve achieved my ambitions and have a fantastic lifestyle full of interesting people and fantastic opportunities to see the world.”

If Abigail hadn’t come to Carlisle she would most likely be living and working in her home town in Wales. She chose the University of Cumbria because of its location in a most beautiful part of the world and the quality of the course, where she learnt from teaching professionals and had a fantastic experience – meeting her now best friends along the way.

Training to teach has been one of the best decisions she has ever made. “It felt good to have a qualification that allowed me to go on to earn good money and get a job straight away.” Abigail’s hopes for the future include becoming a part of the leadership team in her school and to start up a story-telling business with a fellow teacher.

What are you up to now?

Have you got an exciting new job, working on a new project, want everyone to know about your own business, had something published or exhibited? Perhaps you are getting married or had a baby? Whatever your news, we would love to hear about it and share it with your fellow alumni. Visit our share your experiences page to download the profile form if you would like to be included in the next edition of Aluminate or just email us.

Volunteering for Citizen’s Advice Bureau

Whether you are considering a career in the advocacy/charity sector or not, volunteering can really add to your CV and profile as a potential employee. As well as helping you develop and demonstrate key skills for the workplace, volunteering offers you a great opportunity to build networks and gain contacts which may be of use to you when you start thinking about applying for that first graduate job.

There are some great opportunities currently on offer at the Lancaster and Morecambe Citizen’s Advice Bureau where you can gain knowledge and understanding of advocacy, housing law, employment law and personal finance. From Reception or Data inputting duties to Campaigns, Assessor and Adviser roles, there are a host of opportunities available which are detailed in the attached leaflet. Full training is provided and ongoing support is available throughout your time as a volunteer. Interested? Contact or 01524 400404 for more details. And don’t forget, any volunteer hours you put in count towards you Silver Award for Career Ahead!

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Friday’s Featured Vacancy – Working with Young People at Lancashire Boys and Girls Club

The Lancashire Association of Boys’ and Girls’ Clubs is hiring for two new positions within their team, so if you are interested in working with young people and you feel that you can meet their mission statement which is ‘ To inspire and enable all young people, especially those considered to be disadvantaged to realise their potential as productive, responsible and caring citizens’  then apply today!

The positions are for a Sport Activity Leader (closing date 23rd April 2015) and a Youth Activity Worker. Job descriptions can be found below and more details are available on the LABGC website:

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