Friday Featured Vacancy – Technical & Quality Graduate at James Cropper PLC

Graduate Opportunity

The James Cropper plc group manufactures high quality specialist paper and advanced materials. With a proud history stretching back more than 170 years at its base near Kendal in Cumbria, the company exports to customers in more than 50 countries. As we continue to accelerate our growth plans, we have an exciting opportunity for you.


Job Purpose:

As a James Cropper Graduate, working within our Technical & Quality Department, you’ll be given structured development to become a future leader within the business. As part of a three year programme you will be expected to master skills in leadership, paper technology, quality and process capability. And it doesn’t stop there; as part of your day to day responsibilities you will provide an expert technical service to the business in colour, laboratory & technical services and mill chemistry projects.



  • You’ll need excellent communication skills to influence colleagues and senior managers
  • Our ideal candidate will be proactive and able to demonstrate leadership skills including the ability to make decisions, manage resources and negotiate at all levels
  • You’ll be adept at problem solving and data analysis
  • You’ll be used to working within teams on projects, across different areas of expertise, and taking the lead on seeing them through to conclusion
  • You’ll be prepared to take on additional studies including leadership, ISO auditor and lean manufacturing qualifications
  • You must have a Bachelor’s degree, ideally in a science
  • Previous work experience is beneficial but not essential


Working hours – Monday to Friday 8.30am – 5.00pm


Salary: £23,000 per annum


If you wish to apply this can be done on-line via our website careers page at, or please email for an application form and information on our graduate programme.


For more information about James Cropper PLC visit


Closing date for applications: 5th June

Assessment Centre for the role: 15th or 16th June


For support with job applications and assessment centre preparation e-mail

Friday’s Featured Vacancy: Casual Web Editor @ UOC

Vacancy: Casual Web Editor

Employer: University of Cumbria

Location: Lancaster

Salary: £10.12 per hour

This role is for a casual employee to work up to 420 hours until 08 September 2017.

A highly motivated Web Editor is required to join the Project Team to update and revise the online student support content You will act as a central point for the receipt of page revisions from page owners. You will be in charge of implementing the submitted revisions by editing existing student support web pages in the Terminal Four content management system.

You should have the ability to prioritise workloads and work to tight deadlines as well as possessing good IT and communication skills.

Previous experience using a content management system or creating web pages is advantageous.

Key Responsibilities:
  • Editing web pages in the Terminal Four content management system
  • Clarifying proposed revisions with the Page Owners
  • Monitoring quality against defined specifications
  • Proactively ensure deadlines are met

Informal Enquiries: Michael Stanning,

Closing date: 01 June 2017 (midnight)

Reference: 73397

Apply online via 

Dream Placement for Physical Education Student – Find Out How He Got There!

Dayne Massey – BA (Hons) Physical Education – second year student.


We spoke to Dayne about his experience securing a work placement with Leicester Tigers for his third year work placement module. 


Undertaking work placements while studying is a great way to add to your CV and show employers that you are ‘work ready’. They also give you experience working in your intended sector, helping you understand what it would really be like to work in a particular environment.


Want to find out more about finding work placements? Contact


Dayne Massey

Where are you from originally?

Born in Derby, but resided in Uttoxeter, Staffordshire.


What made you choose the University of Cumbria?

It was the closest university to my place of employment at the time, and I wanted to continue working in coaching etc… I was well established in my area as a coach, and so I didn’t want to lose that. Also, I was sure that I wanted to pursue sport as a career, but unsure of which kind of route. The PE course offered flexibility, and the tutors were really friendly and honest about the course and what I could pursue on it. It’s very flexible, and a characteristic of the University of Cumbria is the relatively small course cohort sizes; it has definitely worked in our cohort’s favour.


What is your placement job title going to be?

Physical Performance Intern. Although this translates to the more well-known Strength & Conditioning Coach/intern.


How long is your placement?

It starts from the 26 of June 2017 (provided Tigers win the Aviva Premiership!), until when Tigers win the Premiership again in around late May 2018!


What will you be doing on your placement?

It’s predominantly structured around working the senior squad and S&C coaches, and progressively develops as the internship goes on. By the end of the internship, it is the club’s aim to delegate the responsibility of a single, or group of elite athletes’ physical conditioning and preparation. Although I assume this will be based on performance throughout the internship. Also, as part of my agreed contract, I will also work off-site with prospective academy players in their physical performance within the Tigers’ catchment area. I will also look to gain work with the wider, club development side of things, and hopefully secure some game coaching experience.


How did you secure your placement? Was it advertised or did you approach the employer yourself? How did you go about this?

Basically, I wanted to apply for 10 placement agencies, ranging from S&C to sport development, and I had 10 in mind, but unfortunately (or fortunately), I couldn’t find any contact information for one my chosen agencies, so I decided out of pure interest to send my final CV & covering letter to Leicester Tigers. About a week later the head of physical performance & innovation at Tigers emailed me back, inviting me to apply for the physical performance internship. The applications for the role actually closed on the 1st of December last year, and the candidate who secured the role initially had to withdraw. So about another week later, I was invited down for an interview day with the S&C team, and to meet the players, current interns, and coaching staff – a huge shock to the system initially.


Did you have to attend an interview? What was it like? How did you prepare?

It was an interview day I had to attend. It involved shadowing the forwards and backs gym sessions, pitching in the team training sessions, having breakfast and dinner with the players and staff, and a 30-40 minute interview. I didn’t feel much pressure, although I was very nervous, and even though they provided an itinerary for the day, I didn’t really know what to expect. I had to deliver a 20-minute coaching session to two of the staff on the front squat, which I was quite nervous about, but I just treated it as though I was coaching anybody, and I think it went quite well. Overall, it was quite surreal as I got to meet my favourite players, including England and Lions players like Manu Tuilagi, Ben & Tom Youngs, Dan Cole, Tom Croft, as well as veterans of the game like Marcos Ayerza, and Geordan Murphy. I guess I couldn’t really prepare for it, as it’s nothing like I’ve ever done before. I was pretty relaxed and I just wanted to demonstrate my enthusiasm and inquisitiveness for the role and club culture, and I suppose that was the best prep I could have done.


Is this a paid placement?*

Unfortunately, it isn’t paid, as is the case with most internships in this kind of industry. I’m not worried though, as I managed to negotiate a very good deal with the club and staff with regards to accommodation etc… There is however, opportunity for further paid work, if sought after. This involves working off-site to deliver field-based S&C to clubs and organisations affiliated with the Tigers. I’m going to try and look for some more in-house work. Preferably I’d like to work in some form of coaching, although I’m slowly coming to terms with the fact that I’m going to have to accept anything I can get!


What are your career goals? How do you think your placement will help you achieve these?

I simply want to achieve the highest possible status I can, in whatever that may be, although preferably in a form of S&C, or coaching/instructing/teaching. I’m confident that I will grow personally and professionally, and the skills I have developed through my degree so far will definitely facilitate this. Throughout this placement, we are required to reflect on our experiences for the assessed element, and this in-turn will allow me to further develop my strengths and weaknesses with regards to both personal and professional practice. The length of the placement will also allow me develop these aspects of performance, rather than just construct a framework of how I will go on to develop them later, as may be the case with a relatively short placement. When speaking to the other interns, they expressed that the greatest benefit of the position was the contacts. Popular and successful researchers come in frequently for CPD purposes, the club has international contacts with other clubs, and including who the players know personally. It’s just a very big gateway into the industry, as it is all about who you know, not necessarily what you know, to be successful.


Do you have any tips for anyone wanting to do a work placement while at University?

Absolutely – the higher you aim, in theory the higher you should ‘finish’. That’s what I go by and I like to think I’ve done okay. I’ve not even started the placement yet, and the further opportunities of working with a club like the Tigers has already provided me with accommodation, invaluable advice, and perhaps most importantly, contacts. Placement is where the student has the opportunity to demonstrate that they are employable, and that they can apply what they have learned, everyone will always say the same. But why not go for something big? My placement came around out of sheer luck, and in a way – bad luck. You’re not going to lose anything, and never know where it might take you in terms of employment after University. Finally, be the most enthusiastic person you know, and throw yourself head-first into any opportunity presented, enthusiasm is what has motivated me to achieve what I have so far in my life, not necessarily my knowledge.


*We always recommend applying to paid work placements where possible. If you are considering undertaking an unpaid placement while studying we suggest considering your finances before accepting an offer (if you require support with this contact After graduation we recommend avoiding unpaid internships. Find out more about employment rights and pay for interns here. Find out more about Employment Status here.


Want to find out more about finding work placements or how to access other careers support? Contact

Friday Featured Vacancy – Digital Development Officer (KTP Associate)

Digital Development Officer (KTP Associate)

Penrith, Cumbria

£18,000 – £23,000 plus £4,000 training and development budget

Job description

An exciting opportunity has become available for an enthusiastic and self-motivated digital graduate to develop and implement a unique, market leading integrated B2B digital sales order, approval and production process to improve operational performance and customer interaction. This is a 24-month fixed term contract; however there is the opportunity for long-term employment with H&H Reeds Printers upon successful completion of the project. As part of the recruitment package, there is a £4,000 training budget dedicated to your personal development and the opportunity to register for a funded higher degree.

Company information

H&H Reeds Printers (HHRP) is the largest printers in Cumbria and one of the best equipped in the North of England. The company has a wide array of state-of-the-art equipment and offers a complete range of printing services from traditional Litho print processes through to the very latest digital and wide formats. HHRP has two sites, the main in Penrith provides general printing services and the other site in Milnthorpe produces signs, exhibitions and displays. Find out more.

Person requirements

  • Experience of working in a high performance organisation
  • A good understanding of e-commerce
  • A basic understanding of web analytics
  • The ambition and ability to take ownership of a significant and challenging technical project
  • A clear and persuasive communicator both verbally and in writing
  • Excellent team working skills
  • Be proactive and work independently

 Qualifications and experience requirements

You will have a background in business management, technical web-based or related subject, with at least a 2:1

 Accepted degree subjects

marketing and advertising studies · business and management studies · media studies and publishing · computer sciences and IT


£18,000 – £23,000

£4,000 training and development budget plus opportunity to register for a funded higher degree



 Contract and working hours

Fixed term · Full-time

How to apply

Number of vacancies: One

Closing date: 28/05/2017

Find out more and apply here.

Make the Most of Your Summer!

Are you just about to finish your degree course for the summer break? Not sure what you’re going to do with your time? Take the chance to gain some work experience, add to your CV and makes some cash! The work you do will also help you to present yourself as a great candidate for future graduate jobs!


If you’re about to graduate, undertaking a paid internship or summer programme can be a good first step onto the career ladder, particularly if you do not yet have paid work experience on your CV. There are also a range of graduate training programmes available around the UK.


A large number of summer jobs are recruited for throughout the academic year, but don’t worry, there’s still time to apply!


We’ve done a bit of research into summer opportunities and brought together a few below. There are lot’s more out there though so make sure you do a bit of research yourself before applying.


Application Support

If you would like support finding, applying or interviewing for summer or graduate roles please contact



Summer Jobs


National Citizen Service (NCS) Summer Staff

Salary: £750 – £1250 (dependent on role)

Location: Cumbria and Lancashire

Deadline: apply ASAP

Find out more here.


Horse riding Instructor at Summer Camp USA

Salary: Competitive

Location: USA

Deadline: apply ASAP

Find out more here.


Systems Engineering – Summer Internship

Salary: £16,800, pro-rata.

Location: Lancashire · Portsmouth

Deadline: apply ASAP

Find out more here.


Activity Leaders (residential)

Salary: £363 per week plus £43.81 per week statutory annual leave payment – Accommodation and meals included.

Location: Berkshire · Cambridge · Hertfordshire · Oxfordshire

Deadline: apply ASAP

Find out more here.


Water-sports Instructor at Summer Camp USA

Salary: Competitive salary

Location: USA

Deadline: apply ASAP

Find out more here.


Infrastructure Finance Internship (Three months)

Salary: Competitive salary

Location: London

Deadline: 30/06/2017

Find out more here.


Camp Counsellor at Summer Camp USA

Salary: Competitive salary

Location: USA

Deadline: apply ASAP

Find out more here.


Work America

Salary: Competitive salary

Location: USA

Deadline: apply ASAP

Find out more here.


2 Week Vacation Scheme with Law Firm

Salary: Competitive

Location: London

Deadline: apply ASAP

Find out more here.


Language Assistants – Spanish Schools

Salary: 912 euros per month

Location: Spain

Deadline: 15/05/2017

Find out more here.


Management Trainee Internship

Salary: Competitive salary

Location: Various

Deadline: apply ASAP

Find out more here.


CyberFirst Student Bursary Scheme (for STEM 1st years)

Salary: Competitive salary

Location: Various

Deadline: 03/07/2017

Find out more here.


Event Staff (2 day event)

Salary: £90 per day

Location: Lake District National Park

Deadline: apply ASAP

Find out more here.


Event Security Operative – Summer events season

Salary: £9.25 per hour

Location: Barrow-in-Furness

Deadline: apply ASAP

Find out more here.


Reception Team Member Summer Fixed Term Contract

Salary: £7.50 per hour

Location: Cockermouth

Deadline: 05/06/2017

Find out more here.


Warehouse Operatives (shift work)

Salary: £7.50+ per hour

Location: Various in Cumbria (transport available outside of Carlisle)

Deadline: apply ASAP

Find out more here.


Casual Summer Roles for Students

Salary: £7.05 per hour

Location: Newby Bridge

Deadline: apply ASAP

Find out more here.


Play Leader – Summer Play-scheme

Salary: £15873 – £15873 p.a

Location: Leyland, Lancashire

Deadline: 25/05/2017

Find out more here.

Updated resources for education students


We’ve been busy bees over here at UoC Careers working on updating our resources for education students. These are all available on Blackboard under the ‘Jobs & Careers’ tab but we’ve put them all together in this handy blog post for you too, all ready to download!

Our updated resources are:

Remember that The University of Cumbria’s Careers and Employability Service is here to support you for up to three years after you complete your course. Visit the website at You can also email to book an appointment by phone, Skype or face to face, or to get feedback on applications, CVs and letters of application.

Friday’s Featured Vacancy: Trainee Accounts & Adminstration @ Bimson Haulage Ltd

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Job Title: Trainee Accounts & Administration

Employer: Bimson Haulage Ltd

Location: Carlisle and Wolverhampton Offices

Job description:  The role will provide a structured and comprehensive introduction into Accounts & Administration. The company offers full training and support to ensure the individual can maximise their potential. The training is constantly reviewed at regular intervals, and based on the applicants understanding, new tasks and challenges are continuously added. It is expected the candidate will progress through to Managerial level.

Person requirements: The successful applicant will enjoy working as part of a friendly team and possess a professional approach to their work. We are seeking candidates who are self-motivated, conscientious and pay attention to detail. Strong organisational skills with an eye for detail are essential. We require a versatile candidate to support the Accounts Team in all areas of accounts using both Sage and MS Excel.(Training provided). This position offers an excellent opportunity for someone to work in a professional, positive environment whilst advancing their own career aspirations.

Company information:  BHL is an innovative and progressive national logistics company that has established itself as a market leader within its specialist field. As a company we have enjoyed consecutive growth for the past ten years, and are looking to build on this success with recruitment for the following position.

How to apply: Please send your CV and a cover letter to Within the cover letter, please offer an examples of where you have shown the following traits:

  1. Accuracy

  2. Attention to Detail

  3. Organisation skills