Featured vacancy: National Citizen Service seasonal summer staff still needed for Cumbria and Lancashire


Could you lead, inspire and mentor a small group of 15-17 year olds through a life-changing experience? Inspira are recruiting a large number of seasonal summer staff for their Summer NCS programme – a groundbreaking, action-packed, personal development programme enabling young people to challenge their limits, develop new skills and discover the satisfaction of doing good in their own communities.

Summer staff are the essential ingredient in the NCS recipe – they are the ones that elevate their programme out of the ordinary, ensuring that every member of their team of young people has an experience of a lifetime. If you are a confident, enthusiastic, motivated self-starter who enjoys working with young people, this is an opportunity not to be missed.

This isn’t just another job vacancy – this is a chance to go on a personal development journey of your own and have a hand in shaping the leaders of tomorrow.

Opportunities exist for Team Leaders and Team Assistant to work across North, South and West Cumbria and areas of Lancashire.  These roles are suitable for people who are available for paid work for varying periods of time during summer 2017 and who are looking for opportunities for training and development.  Various dates for work are available from 26th June 2017 onwards.

Working with groups of young people, both residentially and in the local community, you will be responsible for the pastoral care, behaviour management and support needs of your allocated group of young people.  You will facilitate and support activities whilst inspiring and assisting in the participants’ personal development through the residential and community focused elements of the NCS programme.

Job Ref:         037
Job Title:       NCS Summer Staff
Salary:           £957 – £1280 + food and accommodation for 3 weeks work
Location:       Cumbria and Lancashire

Closing date: please get your applications to us as soon as possible.  Selection centres will be held on 22nd April and 6th May 2017.

This post is subject to an enhanced DBS Check.

For further details, and to apply, go to www.inspira.org.uk/jobs

Thursday’s Featured Vacancy – Customer Service Advisor

As it’s a bank holiday this week, our featured vacancy is going out today instead!


Hays recruitment are currently recruiting for a permanent position in the Penrith area that would suit a recent graduate:

Your new company
A group business, this manufacturing organisation pride themselves as innovative and leading manufacturers who are committed to providing the best products and service to their customers.

Your new role
Ultimately reporting to the Customer Service Manager, you will work from this Penrith based site to provide customers with the highest levels of service, resolving queries and completing associated administrative tasks in a timely and accurate manner. You will communicate across the organisation to ensure resources meet customer demand, confidently negotiating with customers and suppliers where needed.

What you’ll need to succeed
You will be a passionate individual who is committed to fulfilling the needs of customers. You should enjoys working in a high performing environment, and subsequently work to high levels of productivity. The ability to work well as part of a team is essential, as is a desire to develop and progress within your role. Experience gained working within a similar role would be desirable, however this role would also suit a Graduate with an interest in Customer Service, who is looking to commence a career with a leading European organisation.

What you’ll get in return
You will be rewarded with a competitive rate of pay and an attractive benefits package, which includes a company bonus. You will also have the opportunity to develop and learn amongst leaders in their field, taking great pride in the brand you are representing daily.

Find out more and apply here: Hays

Friday Featured Vacancy – Paid Internships at Reflections, a Ubisoft Studio

Two senior designers from Reflections, a Ubisoft Studio in Newcastle are speaking to our students today.

1pm to 3pm – Lecture Room 2, Brampton Road Campus

Two senior designers from Reflections, a Ubisoft Studio in Newcastle are joining us to present a 45-minute talk on:

  • Applying for jobs in the games industry.
  • Their experience working in the sector.
  • Paid internship programmes at Reflections.
  • Any questions you may have.

Following the talk there will be an opportunity for students to show their work in a computer lab and ask the designers for advice.


Reflections are currently recruiting for a range of paid internships:

Anyone completing a Batchelor degree or Masters this year is welcome to apply.


Following interview, successful candidates will become employees at Reflections, on a 12 month fixed term contract, working on critical path work and will have a designated mentor to support them too. They will also have several opportunities to learn and develop in other areas over the course of the year.

Find out more about Reflections here.

Watch a video about working at Reflections here.

If you would like some support with your application your Careers and Employability Service can help! Get in touch via careers@cumbria.ac.uk.

Carlisle Nursing Employability Conference and Careers Fair

Friday 24 March 2017

8.45am to 4.30pm

Learning Gateway, Fusehill Street Campus


At this full day event third year University of Cumbria nursing students will have the opportunity to hear from key note speakers, network at a careers fair and take part in a range of employability workshops on Preceptorship, Raising Concerns, Nursing Careers in the Forces, Leadership and Continuous Service Improvement.


The Careers Fair is open to all University of Cumbria students – 11.45am to 1.15pm – Learning Gateway.



Event Programme


8.45am to 9am – Registration

Sign-in for the event, choose two workshops to attend, choose your lunch time slot and receive a free conference bag.

Learning Gateway Ground Floor


9am to 9.15am – Opening Comments – Louise Nelson: Head of Department for Health, Nursing and Professional Practice at the University of Cumbria


9.15am to 10.15am – Key Note Speaker – Gill Long: Head of Nursing, Clinical Education and Practice Development at the North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust

Gill’s key note address will focus on Sustainability and Transformation Plans and their impact on newly registered nurses.


10.15am to 10.45am – Break


10.45am to 11.45am – Alumni Panel

Hear from past students about their experience working in nursing.


11.45am to 1.15pm – Lunch and Careers Fair (see exhibitor list below)

The careers fair will be made up of NHS Trusts, local healthcare providers, the armed forces, trade unions and nursing agencies.

Learning Gateway Ground Floor



1.15pm to 2.15pm – Workshop 1 (see information below)

Various locations


2.20pm to 3.20pm – Workshop 2 (see information below)

Various locations


3.30pm to 4pm – Key Note Speaker – Shirley Bamigbade: University of Cumbria, Department of Nursing, Health & Professional Practice

Shirley’s key note address will explore the reasons why CPD is so important to your professional career.

Learning Gateway Lecture Theatre


4pm – Closing Comments and Evaluation.

Learning Gateway Lecture Theatre



Employability Workshops

All the following workshops are running twice on the day, once at 1.15pm and once at 2.20pm.

Third year nursing students can choose which two workshops they would like to attend when registering for the event in the morning.


Claire O’Neill: Clinical Education Facilitator (preceptorship)

Cumbria Partnership Foundation Trust

The focus of this interactive workshop will be the importance of preceptorship for newly qualified nurses, considering rationale and potential benefits. We will consider both the similarities and differences to clinical supervision and mentorship. Hopes, fears and expectations will also be explored.


Raising Concerns
Vivienne Dove: Senior Regional officer

Royal College of Nurses

Safe care is everyone’s business. Find out what to do if you see poor care or feel you are being prevented from providing safe, compassionate care.


Leadership at all levels: Developing People, Improving Care
Elaine Crooks/Sam Eggleston: Team Lead, People and Organisational Development Team

Cumbria Partnership Foundation Trust

You are the future leaders of the NHS. You are about to embark on the next step of your own leadership journey. A strong healthcare system relies on leadership at all levels of the organisation to ensure standards and quality of care for our patients. This workshop will help you understand how your leadership behaviours affect the culture and climate of the environments you will be working within.


Nursing Careers in the Forces
Representatives from the Army and Royal Air Force

This session will include a presentation from representatives from the Army and Royal Air Force about their application process, opportunities for you, and what it is like to work as a nurse in the forces.


Continuous Service Improvement: A Lifelong Journey

Amanda Platt: Service Improvement Lead, Continuous Service Improvement Team

Cumbria Partnership Foundation Trust

Waste within systems can lead to delays, frustration and negatively impact effective patient care. This workshop will help you to: identify the different types of waste; introduce some easy to remember tools to help you make improvements in your own work practice and the wider service throughout your career.



Carlisle Careers Fair Exhibitors

  • Army
  • Careers and Employability Service
  • Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
  • East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust
  • Elysium Healthcare
  • Four Seasons Health Care
  • Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust
  • Keyfort Group Ltd.
  • Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust
  • Mersey Care NHS Trust
  • Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  • NHS Dumfries and Galloway
  • North Cumbria University Hospitals Trust
  • Royal Air Force
  • Royal College of Nursing
  • University Hospital South Manchester
  • University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust
  • University of Cumbria Practice Development Team


If you have any queries about this event please contact kathryn.jones@cumbria.ac.uk.


There will also be a Lancaster event on Thursday 30 March 2017.

Find out more about this event here.


We look forward to seeing you on the day!

Careers and Employability Service

#Interview Skills – Answering tricky interview questions



  1. What are your strengths and weaknesses?

TIP: This is a chance to really sell yourself! Think about your strengths more than weaknesses, and even try to turn whatever weakness you feel you have into a positive!


  1. Why do you think you will be successful in this job?

TIP: This is the employer asking what you can bring to the company/organisation – how will you fit in? Emphasise the skills you have and how these relate to those in the job criteria!


  1. Have you ever had a bad experience with an employer?

TIP: Try not to make this a hugely negative anecdote – the employer wants to know how you cope under pressure, are you resilient? If you’ve never experienced this, what might you do?


  1. Give an example of a time when you’ve handled a major crisis.

TIP: This is a cue for you to give a really clear example, outline a scenario and really emphasise the skills you used! This is the employer trying to see how you might use your initiative so be specific in your example!


  1. Where do you expect to be in five years’ time?

TIP: This can be a hard question for anyone, just make sure you tailor this to the job if you can. You need to sound as if your career goals align with the values and ethos of the organisation/company! Perhaps focus on professional development.


  1. What motivates you?

TIP: This is a broad question that can be hard to answer. Again, it’s about relating your motivations to that of the job itself so you can show how well suited you are! But it’s also an opportunity to show your personality!


  1. How do you manage your time and prioritise tasks?

TIP: This is asking for specific examples of experiences you’ve had where you’ve had to use these skills. What specific methods did you use? What was the outcome? Were you effective?


  1. Give an example of a time when you showed initiative.

TIP: Another chance to give a really specific, clear example using your own experience! The employer can’t just take your word for it so give them some context and a great example they can’t ignore!


  1. Give an example of your lateral thinking.

TIP: This is one of those questions that can scare anyone but don’t be put off by the jargon! It’s just about exploring the question as you go. ‘Lateral thinking’ is about using creative approaches so give a clear example of an experience you’ve had where you needed to look at a situation in a different light and where you came up with a creative solution!

Download the pdf here: Top 9 Tricky Questions

Sourced from targetjobs.co.uk 2016

Friday Featured Vacancy – University of Cumbria Student Ambassadors

university of cumbria logo

Student Ambassadors offer a supporting role to various University of Cumbria departments, including campus visits, open days, clearing and other Higher Education events.

To apply to become a Student Ambassador go to the ‘External Vacancies‘ section of the University of Cumbria Jobs Page. Find the job advert and click the ‘Apply’ button to register as a new user (unless you have applied for a vacancy using this system previously) and submit and application. You will be updated via email as your application progresses or you can log in to your account to track the progress at any point.

The closing date is midnight on Tuesday 07 March 2017 (Midnight).

Please note, if your application is successful, you will be invited to attend a selection and recruitment day on Saturday 18 March 2017.

Please click HERE for further information.

Please ensure that you bring along evidence of your Right to Work in the UK if you are invited to the selection and recruitment day. Guidance can be found here.

NQT Interview Event For Teaching Roles Starting September 2017


NQT Interview Event For Teaching Roles Starting September 2017

15th March 2017 (2pm- 8pm)

Stadium of Light, Sunderland

  • Meet individually with up to 20 Head teachers and Senior Leaders from the North East area
  • All attending schools are looking for teaching staff for permanent roles commencing in September 2017
  • These Headteachers are taking the initiative to start meeting trainee teachers earlier in the academic year to secure the best NQTs for their schools
  • Find out more about the schools directly from their senior leadership and find out about what they can offer you for your NQT year and beyond
  • Have the opportunity to secure formal interviews/observations at the schools soon after the event
  • Secure your first teaching position early in the year, allowing you time to concentrate on your course for the remainder of the year, while also having the possibility to attend CPD at your future school to prepare you for your NQT year.


This event is FREE to attend. Complimentary supper and refreshments will be provided during the evening.

Please note, the positions available are NOT supply teaching positions, nor would you be employed through Teach In. If you secure a teaching position through our event, you will be employed directly by the school.

Teach In are a specialist company that arranges unique events for schools and trainee teachers throughout the UK. Since our formation last year, we have secured over 200 NQT positions for trainee teachers, all of whom attended one of our events.

The event will run between 2pm and 8pm, and a full schedule of attending schools will be issued prior to the event to give you time to prepare. We realise that not all trainee teachers will be able to get to the event for 2pm, and not all will able to stay until 8pm, so we will tailor your individual schedule around the times that you specify and the Headteachers that are attending.

For further details and to book your space at this unique event please call Teach In on: 0191 5561081 or email  nicola.griffiths1@teachin.co.uk