Friday Featured Vacancy – Volunteer Coordinator


Volunteer Coordinator

Carlisle Carers, Carlisle, Cumbria

Big Lottery Fund Funded Post

22hrs per week
Salary £21,329 pro rata

The post holder will be responsible for the management, coordination and development of Carlisle Carers volunteer project.

The successful candidate will be a skilled communicator with excellent IT and media skills and the ability to promote the value of volunteering across a wide range of employers and communities to enable Carlisle Carers to offer Carers a wide range of innovative support services to meet their needs.

Please note applicant for this post must be a driver with access to their own transport. This post will be subject to an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check.

Post will be based from Carlisle Carers office.

Carlisle Carers is a local voluntary organisation which supports unpaid carers living in Carlisle and district area of Cumbria.

Apply here.

Find out more about Carlisle Carers here.
Closing date for applications: 5th August 2016 at 12pm
Interviews for this post will be held on 15th August 2016
Carlisle Carers registered charity number 1107562

Reward based Crowdfunding – The What and part of the How

fashion-sunglasses-on-a-macbook-picjumbo-comThis is a guest blog by a part-time member of staff that also runs marketing campaigns when not in the careers and employability teams. Sarah, as part of her role does seminars of social media usage and crowdfunding.  This blog is a very brief overview to crowdfunding to help understand the basics.

So what on earth is crowdfunding? Well, it’s about raising money (‘funding’) directly from the public (‘the crowd’) for any kind of project. It usually involves many backers and is done online. Unlike a bank where you repay the money, crowdfunding offers rewards related to the project in exchange for funds. Unlike seeking investment, crowdfunding doesn’t involve selling a share of the project. There have been some examples of crowdfunding that have attracted a lot of attention in the media including:

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As part of my marketing work I have run a few crowdfunding campaigns. I’m going to use this blog to give an example of one and show that crowdfunding can be fantastic but it’s not always easy going. Here are a few pointers from a computer game I worked on.

The first point of a crowdfunder is that it needs to be a project with a start, middle and end. This might be a prototype, a film, an artistic creation or a game.

The second point is the money. The team I worked with  worked out what the game as a total would cost us to produce; we then listed all the ‘would-like-to-haves’ to list as stretch goals in case we exceeded our funding target.

Expenses had to include fees to get the project online (Kickstarter’s fee is 15% of money collected). Our goal was £10,000 but £15,000 was our target because you have to pay for things that you produce to send to backers. Is your head hurting yet? Yes? – take a break… watch this short video that we used as our pitch (with French subtitles if needed):

That pitch video should have been the third thing – I sort of tricked you. It’s important and took a lot of planning!!! We had to get a lot of information across in a short time, make it funny and visually appealing. Most people looking at this hadn’t seen any of the team’s work before so it has to look professional and we had to produce something that people wanted to share and talk about AND give money to.

So the fourth thing is the launch of it all – 30 days of life dedicated to this. Some platforms have flexible funding but we went for Kickstarter that doesn’t offer that. If I could have my time again I would have taken more leave from my job to give me time and taken advantage of more marketing/ scheduling software. We raised £20,000 on Kickstarter and another £5,000 on direct pledges. Not bad really.

So there you have it: four steps to crowdfunding:

  1. The idea
  2. The funding target
  3. The pitch and
  4. The campaign

and then the truly difficult task starts… creating, completing and delivering the project!

Do you have any ideas for a crowdfunding project? Do you feel you have the skills and experience necessary? How can the careers and employability or the enterprise team help you gain some of these?

Contact the team via e-mail:

Friday Featured Vacancy: Paediatric Occupational Therapist based in Central Lancashire or Merseyside

Shine Therapy Services - Paediatric OT 01 07 16Shine Therapy Services are currently looking to recruit an enthusiastic and motivated occupational therapist in the early years of their career to join them in September 2016. They are particularly keen to hear from recent graduates with a specific interest in paediatrics, and also therapists with one to years relevant employment experience.

Shine Therapy Services is a multi –disciplinary private consultancy offering occupational therapy, speech and language therapy and physiotherapy for children and young people throughout the North West.

The role will involve working in mainstream and specialist education settings with individuals that have varied clinical needs. They  specialise in Sensory Integration, so experience or an interest in this field of work is essential. The successful candidate will be expected to undertake further study to become a qualified Sensory Integration practitioner.

The post would be suitable for those based in, or around, Central Lancashire or Merseyside. Access to personal transport is essential.

It is expected that the successful candidate will have HCPC and BAOT registration (or have membership applications pending). They will also be required to undergo an Enhanced DBS check.

The post is offered on a full time, term time only basis. We offer a competitive salary (dependent upon experience), paid holidays, clinical supervision and training.

For an informal discussion please contact Lisa Hamer on 07854845590. To apply please email to request an application form.

Closing date: 22nd July 2016


The pros and cons of working as a supply teacher


If you are struggling to secure a permanent teaching post, there is always the option of working as a supply teacher.  But how does it all work and what are the advantages and disadvantages?

Most supply work is advertised by teaching recruitment agencies that specialise in education. However some schools and local authorities recruit supply teachers directly, so if there is a particular school or local authority in which you wish to work, it’s worth contacting them speculatively.

Agencies (sometimes called Recruitment Consultants) are commercial organisations ranging from large national and international companies, to small local firms. Some cover a range of sectors and some specialise solely in education. The agency is paid a fee by the school for their recruitment services. The prospective employee pays no fees.

Supply teachers are employed either via supply teaching agencies, umbrella companies, or directly by schools, local authorities and academies. An umbrella company acts as an employer to supply teachers and will usually pass on to the teacher various costs such as the employer’s National Insurance contributions and the umbrella company’s fee.

Registration with an agency usually involves submitting an application form or CV, followed by a meeting with one of their recruitment agents or consultants. Whilst there is no guarantee of regular work, supply teachers who can adapt quickly and at short notice to different schools, pupils, subjects and age groups will be in more demand than those who are less flexible.

NQTs often ask how working as a supply teacher effects the requirement to complete an induction or probationary year.  The rules currently state that from the point of award of QTS you can undertake short-term supply work of less than one term in a relevant school for a maximum period of 5 yearswithout a completed NQT induction year. This is a fixed time limit with no discretion to extend. Short-term supply placements of less than one term, or equivalent, cannot count towards induction. Once the 5 years is up you will need to take a post that counts towards your NQT induction year. For more information on your induction year, have a look at the government’s guidance document.

UOC careers service can help you put together a teaching CV, and advise you on agencies to approach. We always suggest you choose an agency which specialises in teaching, and more specifically supply work. It’s also worth checking that they belong to the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC). If an agency uses the REC logo, it means that they have passed the initial Compliance Test and required to adhere to the REC Code of Professional Practice.

Are there advantages working as a supply teacher rather than gaining a permanent contract?

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Flexibility, freedom and variety

You can choose whether to accept or decline work.

You can work in a variety of different settings and locations.

Not being tied to a permanent contract means you can take holidays in term time, when travel is cheaper!

You can combine working with learning. For example, undertake a part-time Masters degree at the same time.

Professional development and employment prospects

stock-photo-teacher-helping-young-boy-with-writing-lesson-107801354You get to experience different ways of doing things which is great for picking up new ideas and developing confidence and expertise.

You get to experience different settings which will broaden your horizons.

You are more likely to secure a permanent contract if you have been working as a supply teacher than if you are unemployed or working in a non-teaching role.


First impressions really count, and as you’ll meet a range of teachers and head teachers, there will be lots of opportunities to network.

Build your reputation! Head teachers network with each other too, so if you are good, word spreads.

“Try before you buy”

Get an insight into different schools and decide which setting suits you best.

If you are relocating to a new area, supply work gives you the chance to get a feel for different communities and schools in the new area.


As a supply teacher you will tend to do less of the onerous daily planning and preparation that permanent teachers are expected to do.

You may not attend as many meetings as permanent teaching staff.

What are some of the  disadvantages?


Financial insecurity

Some supply teachers get plenty of work, but some don’t.

The lack of a regular income can be problematic if you wish to apply for a mortgage.


Terms and conditions of employment may vary depending on the nature of your contract and employment status.

Irregular work

The availability of work can be irregular if you are an NQT.

Being called upon at the last minute can be stressful. If you say ‘no’ and turn work down, you may worry that you may not be called upon again.

It’s difficult to forward plan as you may or may not be working.

Not belonging

It can be lonely being a supply teacher as colleagues don’t always have time to get to know you properly.


Access to continuing professional development and mentoring support can be irregular.

If you are only working in a school for a short time, it can be difficult to get to know the children and therefore not as easy to teach them.


Sources of advice and support

The University of Cumbria Careers and Employability Service is here to support you for up to three years after you complete your course – Email to book an appointment and for advice on applications, CVs and more.

Careers can also give you feedback via email on your teaching applications, letters and CVs. Send us the job details of the post you are applying for, and your draft application, letter or CV and we’ll email back some feedback.




Friday Featured Vacancy – Graduate Intern – University of Cumbria, Marketing and Recruitment Team

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Widening Participation (WP) Access Graduate Intern (36868) Full Time, Fixed Term

Open to UoC Alumni who have graduated in the last 2 years.

Vacancy Description

1.0fte, Marketing and Recruitment, Lancaster, Fixed Term until 31 August 2017, £15,015


The University is looking for a motivated, enthusiastic and skilled graduate to contribute to the development and delivery of a number of initiatives and interventions targeting Widening Participation (WP) students.  You will work alongside other colleagues on the implementation of the University’s new Office for Fair Access (OFFA) Agreement and post 2012 approach to Widening Participation.

The post of WP Access Graduate Intern is located in the Marketing & Recruitment Service, in UK Recruitment. The role-holder will work alongside the WP Access Officers and UK Recruitment Officers in the development and delivery of Access initiatives in schools and colleges within Cumbria and Lancashire; as well as with community groups, in order to raise aspirations and achievement and support progression to Higher Education. The role holder will spend one term in each of the 3 key areas: events, schools & colleges liaison and widening participation projects.

The post offers University of Cumbria graduates an exciting opportunity to gain valuable work experience as members of a team with a strong commitment to supporting prospective students at all stages of the journey to HE study and beyond.  As part of the role, a training and development plan will be offered to the successful candidate and you will also have the opportunity to study a University of Cumbria Post-graduate Certificate qualification with fees waived and study time allowance for the duration of the contract.

Applicants will need to demonstrate excellent communication and interpersonal skills, a positive and flexible approach to work, good IT skills, and the ability to work independently, as well as part of a team.

You can find the job description here.

Informal enquiries should be directed to: Mike Siddall, Widening Participation Access Manager, via email: or via telephone: 01228 616274.

The closing date for this post is Midnight on Monday 08 August 2016.

Reference: 36868

It is anticipated that interviews for this post will take place on Wednesday 24 August 2016 at Lancaster campus.