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Job of the Week: Scottish Woodlands Graduate Development Programme 2019

Scottish Woodlands Graduate Development Programme 2019

Are you a talented individual with drive, enthusiasm and ambition, with a passion for the outdoors and ready to grow a sustainable career? if so, we are excited to hear from you for our 2019 Graduate Development Programme.

Forestry is a growing industry and Scottish Woodlands Ltd is well placed to take advantage of developing opportunities and challenges the industry faces. We want you to be part of our future.

We work in a fast paced, commercial and challenging environment and we are currently looking to recruit recent Graduates to train, mentor and develop and to become an integral part our succession management plan.

What will YOU be doing??

The answer is a lot!

You will join a committed team who are determined to provide the highest quality of service to clients. We want you to succeed and progress within our company, so rest assured you will receive excellent training including: on the job; shadowing; coaching and attending internal and external training events, allowing you to achieve your developmental objectives as well as achieving business goals.

Your role will be hands on with different challenges and be exposed to many experiences and opportunities. By the end of the two years you will be well on your way in

Who are we and what do we do?

The future for the Company over the next decade will comprise, amongst other initiatives, harnessing the challenges of climate change, energy requirements, and delivering for the needs of industry. We were the first national commercial enterprise to establish and run a group certification scheme ratified to UKWAS principles for our clients so that we can deliver timber to the market with a credible eco-label and a se-cure chain of custody. We aim to be at the forefront of the renewable-energy revolution.

UK and Scottish forestry has come of age as truly the defining business for a sustainable environment. It can deliver a wide range of benefits to clients, investors and society. Our company is well placed to take ad-vantage of these opportunities and the Board of Directors will ensure that the resources, organisational strength and drive are made available to achieve these aims.

Scottish Woodlands Ltd is a leading forestry management company with a long tradition of serving forest owners and investors in Scotland and the rest of the UK. We provide a comprehensive range of forest, estate and land-related services underpinned by our in -depth market experience, knowledge base and commitment to quality. The business is largely employee owned, and this encourages a dedication and commitment to the highest standards of professionalism and customer focus. Our aim is to understand each client’s specific objectives and then to provide a service which is both flexible and personal.

What to do next?

To apply for this role, you will ideally hold or about to achieve a minimum 2.2 Bachelor’s degree. Qualifications within a Forestry related discipline are preferred however other related disciplines may be considered. As part of this role will entail driving to remote areas where public transport cannot access, it is essential that you hold a full UK drivers licence.

You should be able to demonstrate excellent communication and organisational skills and work well as part of a diverse team. Membership of the Institute of Chartered Foresters or progressing towards attaining chartered status would be beneficial. Full support for membership will be provided.

We have 4 regions with 13 offices and successful candidates will be matched to locations where level of experience and qualifications meets the requirements and line management structure of each location. You will be flexible during the 2-year graduate development period, as you may be given the opportunity to move around the company and spend time in different offices. You will be assigned a mentor and provided with full training over the two-year programme, tailored to suit your requirements.

In return for your hard work and commitment to Scottish Woodlands, we offer an attractive salary and benefits package. This includes pension scheme, life assurance, permanent health insurance, private healthcare, company vehicle and the opportunity for equity participation. The company has a unique structure and is 80% owned by staff. Applicants will also be given excellent personal and career development opportunities and will be part of a highly professional and motivated team.

Applications should be made in writing along with your CV.

Please email the HR Team:

Closing date: Sunday 17th March 2019

For more information on our graduate opportunities and for a copy of the Company’s Job Applicant Privacy Notice, please visit the careers section of our website:


Graduate Scheme – Kier Future Leaders Programme

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Are you a talented Graduate who wants to make an impact and build your career as a strategic leader in a successful UK company with ambitious plans for growth? If so, take a look at our brand new Kier Future Leaders Programme. 

Our three-year Programme is all about developing our leaders of the future. Personally sponsored by our senior leaders and structured around three 12 month placements, the programme will give you an unparalleled insight into all aspects of our business and the wider built environment sector in which we operate.

Over the course of the programme, in roles with real responsibility and challenge, coached and supported with structured development, you will grow the skills and insight to succeed as a future leader – self insight, developing strategy, delivering for clients, leading diverse and talented teams to reach their potential.

Your professional development will continue beyond the programme as we support and fund you to attain an internationally recognised MBA qualification.

What you’ll receive and achieve: 

  • Dedicated, individual development support, including an Executive Sponsor, to build your network and understanding of the Kier business, a coach to support your personal development and a placement line manager to help you get the most learning and stretch from each role.
  • Early responsibility and fast progression in structured placements
  • A learning programme tailored to you to build your skills, capability and confidence quickly
  • The opportunity to build internal and external networks that support your career development journey
  • An inclusive and sociable working environment where you’ll build lasting relationships with colleagues throughout the business
  • Regular performance feedback and personal development planning
  • Support in achieving your MBA post-programme

    The package:

  • Highly competitive salary and company car
  • Start your pension with our scheme (up to 7.5% matched)
  • Two exclusive share options
  • 26 days’ + 8 bank holidays
  • Kier Awards –be part of our annual award scheme.
  • Kier Rewards – get rewards and cash back to book your holidays and shop online

Programme requirements:

  • 1 or above degree classification (predicted or obtained) in any discipline
  • AAB at A Levels or overseas equivalent
  • Flexible and mobile as travel and relocation throughout the UK will be required
  • Curious and open to new experiences, with an appetite to learn and grow
  • A desire to make a difference, willing to take the initiative and push boundaries
  • Able to communicate and connect with people
  • A desire to lead teams of people from different backgrounds and experiences to achieve their potential
  • Must hold a valid UK driving license at the start of the programme
  • We are an Equal Opportunity Employer and do not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, colour, sex, age, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, status as a veteran, and basis of disability or any other federal, state or local protected class.

To find out more about the kinds of the placements the programme includes and to apply head to My Career Enriched:


Welcome to the working world: what to expect on your first day

University of Cumbria

So here you are. You’ve graduated. It’s your proudest moment so far! It also means
that the job you’ve only looked at from afar until now is actually a lot closer than you think. This might be scary but it’s also an opportunity to put your stamp on the world and to finally put into action everything you’ve learned. One way to combat first day nerves is by knowing exactly what to expect, and this is where we come in.

Being prepared is a crucial part of making sure you’re ready and geared up for your first day. Doing this can be as easy as getting a good night’s sleep, making sure you’ve planned out your travel, that you know where you’re going and what time to be there. Your first impression is something you know to be important when starting any new job. Easy ways to make sure you make a good one is by knowing how you’ll be expected to dress at work and what your working hours are.

Confidence goes a long way when starting a new job.  You’ll be expected to show interest and ask questions so try to not to shy away from doing this. No employer expects you to know everything on your first day in a new job so try to relax and seek guidance when you need it. Don’t put lots of pressure on yourself to remember everyone or what they do.

Meeting new people is a huge part and benefit to starting any new job. On your first day you’ll most likely receive a tour of your working environment and be introduced to your new colleagues and your line manager. Don’t put lots of pressure on yourself to remember everyone or what they do, this will come in time!

Induction is a term you may hear thrown about when you first start your new job. This is all about getting you settled in and trained to do the job. This also means no-body expects you to know how everything works on your first day, your employer will often give you a clear plan of induction to get you going. The main thing to remember is that you’re coming fresh from university. You’re a new face with skills and knowledge that can offer so much to an employer.

Remember to stay professional but remain true to yourself. Don’t get scared by the unknown, this is your job and your time to show just how much you have to offer. Manage your expectations for your first day, but remember to enjoy it!


Rebekah Powell
Careers and Employability Coordinator
UoC English Graduate 2013

Find more features like this in the newest edition of the GSG – now available here:

Futures Festival 2019

Brampton Road Campus: 29 – 31 January 2019

The Futures Festival is a three-day event offering Institute of the Arts students and alumni the opportunity to hear from industry professionals, get involved in networking and meet potential employers.

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Discovering career opportunities. Learning direct from industry experts. Connecting with potential future employers.

Industry speaker session information coming soon!

Details of the 2019 Programme will be updated below.

Event Programme
Click on the links below to book your place.

Tuesday 29 January 2019

Futures Festival Events and Activities:
10.00am to 11.30am and 12.30pm to 3.00pm – Conference Zone
10.00am to 4.00pm – Business Clinic Drop-In
10.00am to 4.00pm – Creative Arts Careers Drop-In

Succeeding as a Creative Professional Sessions:
10.30am to 11.15am – Stand out in the Creative Crowd
11.30am to 12.30pm – Kick Start Your Professional Network

Visiting Speakers:
1.00pm to 2.30pm – Michael Tierney, Motion Designer
1.00pm to 2.30pm- Thomas Dukes, Curator

Wednesday 30 January 2019

Futures Festival Events and Activities:
10.00am to 4.00pm – Creative Arts Careers Drop-In
11.00am to 1.00pm – UCSU Volunteering Fair
11.30am to 1.00pm – Teacher Training Roadshow and Postgraduate study advice event

Succeeding as a Creative Professional Sessions:
11.30am to 12.15pm – Creative Confidence

Visiting Speakers:
1.00pm to 2.30pm- Will Walker, Photographer and Video Journalist
1.00pm to 2.30pm- Dave Wharton, Graphic Designer
3.00pm to 4.30pm- Sara Ogilvie, Illustrator
3.00pm to 4.30pm- Matilda Strang, Artist and Curator 

5.00pm to 7.00pm – Habeas Corpus (Theatre Performance)
8.00pm to 9.30pm – Paradise Hotel (Theatre Performance)

Thursday 31 January 2019

Futures Festival Events and Activities:

10.00am to 4.00pm – Creative Arts Careers Drop-In
10.30am to 10.50am – Fundingyour Creative Work Experience
11.00am to 12.00pm – Graduate Internships Talk and Q&A
11.00am to 2.00pm – Creative Arts Graduate Careers Fair 2019
1.30pm to 2.30pm – The Benefits of Joining a Trade Union
4.30pm to 7.00pm – Creative Industries Social 

Succeeding as a Creative Professional Sessions:
12.15pm to 1.00pm –Do you have ‘bouncebackability’?

Visiting Speakers:
1.00pm to 2.30pm – Arpita Shah, Visual Artist
1.00pm to 2.30pm – Yvette Earl, Illustrator
1.00pm to 2.30pm– Clare Shaw, Poet and performer
3.00pm to 4.30pm – Alexander Hetherington, Fine Artist and Curator 
3.00pm to 4.30pm – Bryan Talbot, Writer and Artist of comics, graphic novels and illustrations 

5.00pm to 7.00pm – Habeas Corpus (Theatre Performance)
8.00pm to 9.30pm –Paradise Hotel (Theatre Performance)

Upcoming Arts Events

The University of Cumbria hosts a number of arts events across the year.
Here are some of our upcoming events that you may be interested in. Click on the links below to find out more.

An Evening with John Myers in conversation with Fiona Armstrong – 7 February 2019
Hosted by award winning broadcaster and writer, Fiona Armstrong, this event looks back at John Myers’ extensive career in the media.

Women on Fire (Visiting Theatre Performance) – 8 February 2019
An explosive one-woman show, celebrating the centenary of women first winning the right to vote. Followed by an optional Q&A with writer/director and performer.

Find out about upcoming theatre performances.

The Futures Festival is open to University of Cumbria Students and Graduates.

Graduate Success Guide: Class of 2019 – Available from 21st January 2019

The Graduate Success Guide: Class of 2019 Launching 21st January 2019!


So, what is it and why do you need it?

The #GSG is an online publication designed provide a stepping stone that will help you get ready for the transition from university to life as a graduate.

Whether you decide to head straight into a career, travel, or head down the road of further study, this guide has everything you need to know from what support is available to how to prepare for your first day in a new job. The guide is filled with practical information as well as lots of mini articles and features from a range of industry professionals. If you’re eager to know what graduates of UoC have gone on to achieve, the #GSG features real-life stories and testimonials from our own alumni.

We want you to put your best foot forward as you embark on your new journey after leaving university and the #GSG is all about helping you stay informed and inspired as you begin to explore what the working world has to offer.


Look out for the #GSG, launching January 21st 2019 – watch this space!

Come and work with us! Graduate Intern in the Careers and Employability Service

Graduate Intern (Careers and Employability Service, 163252) Full Time, Fixed Term
Carlisle or Lancaster

Closes 6 January 2019

The multi-award winning University of Cumbria is a wonderful blend of old and new, founded on a rich educational history with institutions dating back more than 150 years.

Having recently celebrated our 10th anniversary, we have a fast growing research reputation, increasing profile and place alongside national and international employers as well as multi-million-pound campus investments and exciting ambitions for the future.

This is an exciting opportunity to gain valuable experience working in a student-focused service and to support students and graduates develop their employability skills and gain positive graduate outcomes.

Working as part of the Careers and Employability Service team, you will play a key role in supporting research into the development of the university’s employability award. This will include engaging students, preparing materials and resources and assisting with focus groups. You will also be involved in the promotion and delivery of the full range of events/activities the team delivers, including promoting our new career hub, My Career Enriched.

We are looking for someone who is proactive, creative and who has a good understanding of the varying needs of our diverse students. We expect strong communication and customer service skills.

The role will be an excellent starting point for a career in events management, marketing, careers advice work or “helping” roles within student services.

The post is full-time for three months (13 weeks). The location with be either Lancaster or Carlisle (Fusehill Street).

Informal enquiries: Joanne Watson, Careers Team Manager, 01228 616323

Starting Salary: £16,380

Closing date: Sunday 6th January 2019 at midnight

Interview date: Thursday 17th January, at Fusehill Street Campus, Carlisle

Reference: 163252

For the full Job Description, please click here.

To apply, visit


Have a happy Careers-mas!


The careers and employability service will be closing on Friday 21 December at 5pm, and will re-open on Wednesday 2 January 2019 at 9am.

You can find loads of resources on My.Cumbria here: including information about CVs, applications, interviews, career planning and more.
You can search for jobs, view events and book appointments on My Career Enriched here:
We hope you enjoy the Christmas break, enjoy your time off, and we will see you in 2019!