Category Archives: cumbria

Friday Featured Opportunity: part-time tutoring in Cumbria

tutors needed

Cumbria Clever Tutors is a professional provider of private one-to-one home tutors in a range of school based and professional study subjects in the Cumbria area, which includes Carlisle, Penrith, Workington, Cockermouth, Whitehaven, Kendal and the surrounding area. They are looking for tutors in a wide range of disciplines including:  Science, mathematics, English and other related subjects, and would like to hear from post-graduate students to tutor  across all levels from primary to GCSE and A-level and above.

They are looking for degree qualified people with an interest in teaching, tutoring and helping others with a passion for their subject, to deliver one-to-one tuition within various towns across Cumbria. The candidate will be degree qualified with some experience either in tutoring, teaching, mentoring, supervising, lecturing, training, or generally helping others to succeed in life. You will need to be available during or  after school hours and some weekdays.  It would be helpful if you had your own transportation to travel to pupils/students homes in the areas listed above.   However, you can offer private tuition in your own home if you choose. You will need an enhanced DBS (formerly known as a CRB)and if you do not have one you will need to cover the cost of acquiring one, although we can initiate the process for you.

The benefits are as follows: they provide part-time work on a self employed basis with a very good level of remuneration (minimum of £20-00 per hour), together with insurance cover whilst working on our behalf. This is a brilliant opportunity for the right candidates to get involved within the educational sector and really make a difference for pupils and students looking for help. PLEASE CALL DR ALAN WATSON ON 01900 608211. or E-MAIL CUMBRIA@CLEVERTUTORS .COM


Friday’s Featured Vacancy – People First

People First Vacancy of the week

People First have a variety of vacancies closing on 10 June for advocacy and other related posts.

People First is an independent customer-led organisation that has worked in Cumbria for over 25 years. They have a deep understanding of the area, the communities and the unique challenges.

They are the largest provider of Advocacy in Cumbria, supporting thousands of people every year to have their voices heard and helping them to live their best lives. Their independence is very important to them, they are not run or controlled by any other service.

People First are a passionate organisation which dedicates itself to representing people’s views, they are dynamic and courageous and not afraid to stand up and be counted.

Fundraising Officer – Carlisle/Workington

Book Keeper – Workington

Bank Sessional Researchers

Board Member – Voluntary

Volunteer Receptionist – Carlisle/Barrow/Workington

Volunteer Independent Advocates – Carlisle/Barrow/Workington

Volunteer Self Advocacy Support Workers – Carlisle/Barrow/Workington


For more information and to apply for these roles please visit

Friday Featured Vacancies – IT Manager / Communications & Marketing Intern

cumbria community foundationCommunications & Marketing Intern

Cumbria Community Foundation is looking for a dynamic and motivated person to help with their communications and marketing needs. The full-time role will be for 12 months based at their office in Dovenby.

The position provides an opportunity to further develop experience in marketing, communications, research and events management as well as gaining experience of social policy, grant making and community philanthropy.

The aim of the role is to provide support to staff members across a range of activities and functions. The position will be packaged as support to a range of projects to ensure effective management of the intern’s time.

The Community Foundation exists to improve the quality of the community life in Cumbria by making grants to voluntary organisations and individuals and managing grant making funds on behalf of individuals, companies and government organisations.

Established in September 1999 the Foundation has given out almost £30 million in grants to more than 4,000 groups and 4,000 individuals.

The Foundation has a strong donor base and is held in high regard by key stakeholders.  As an organisation committed to the local community and a track record of delivery they are looking for a key member of the team to contribute to the exciting development of the organisation.

Salary £14,000 – £16,000 per annum

For further information including the job description and application form, visit their website

Closing date 9.00am Monday 16th May 2016

Interview date 24th May



logoIT Manager

Carlisle Brass is looking for an IT Manager. This role offers the opportunity to travel, locations include Carlisle, Blackburn, Kirkham and Dubai.

To apply send a CV and covering letter to

Find out more about Carlisle Brass on their website –

Closing date for applications is 10 May 2016.



Title:                     IT Manager                        

Reports to:         Head of Finance

Dotted line to:  CBG MD / Divisional FD

Location:            Carlisle

Sites:                     Carlisle, Blackburn, Kirkham, Dubai

Salary:                  £40-45k (37.5 hour week with out of hours and weekend work required occasionally to meet business continuity needs)

Benefits:             3% pension contribution, DIS 2 x’s salary, 23 days holiday                               



The role arises as a result of the need to strengthen the IT function within the business, in the light of increased growth and technology dependence as well as the increased complexity arising from a proposed ERP replacement in 2017.

The hardware infrastructure for the current systems is largely based at Carlisle, with remote servers at Blackburn and Kirkham.

The parent Group’s IT infrastructure will also continue to evolve towards consolidation and standardisation of solutions for its other UK businesses based in Daventry, and this role holder should therefore expect to collaborate with other parts of the Arran Isle group in achieving  realistic synergies. It is likely that this would comprise further virtualisation of storage and servers, as well as a roll out of virtual desktop technology


Job Purpose      

Deliver an infrastructure which continues to support the growth of the organisation and become knowledgeable about all its aspects to ensure continuous support for the operational hours of the business.

Provide day to day management and leadership of support staff making sure that appropriate skills are in place and effectively deployed in order to meet the function’s responsibilities to its users at all sites.

There will also be scope to provide forward looking guidance and strategy on where the Group can deliver more through IT, as well as responding to and developing ideas arising in the business units.


ERP replacement

Carlisle Brass currently operates a range of software applications to control the business, largely based around a bespoke database (Corserine), and developed in .NET from an original Phoenix database. Much of this development has been undertaken in house by the current IT manager. Corserine has in turn has been integrated with Sage 200 to provide the financial reporting and analysis. It is intended that the IT Manager will remain within the business focussed mainly on support of the legacy systems and immediate development requirements of these.

Carlisle Brass is currently planning to replace its existing legacy  systems with a fully integrated ERP solution in 2017. It is highly likely this will be based around a MS Dynamics Navision solution already developed for other businesses in the Arran Isle group, and being implemented during  2016.

The successful candidate will play a key role in supporting this project from the early stages through to post completion support.

The business does not currently have Navision experience available, but this will be supported by other sites and experienced third party implementers.


Key responsibilities and Standards of Performance

  1. Helpdesk resources and performance including reporting and improvement programmes
  2. Allocation of support resources and software resilience as agreed with business units including up time
  3. Coordination with external support providers which includes managing their performance and negotiation of contracts to support the operational requirements of the business
  4. Developing business specific Service Level Agreements (SLA) for each business unit and subsequently ensuring that IT service meets or exceed agreed targets
  5. Contribute to the development of the IT strategy encompassing hardware, software, security, resources and other aspects that support the achievement of the business plans of each business location
  6. Project planning and management of infrastructure maintenance and development projects including engagement and management of 3rd party contractors and service providers as and when required
  7. Creation of Disaster Recovery plans covering all aspects of IT resources and service for each business including periodic testing and subsequent updating. This includes from minor incidents such as theft of mobile phones to larger scale issues such as downtime on main systems
  8. Managing the hardware estate for the business units including:
    1. Physical servers, switches, firewalls and other associated hardware at Carlisle and other UK locations
    2. Local PC’s, photocopiers
    3. Telecoms: fixed line, broadband, mobile phones & devices, wifi, scanners
    4. Video conferencing assets
  1. Development and roll out of IT policies across all locations, periodic maintenance and enforcement
  2. Overall management of website hosting for all business units including the development and monitoring of service level performance from 3rd party resource providers
  3. Management of all aspects of IT security for all locations including PCI compliance, hardware and software integrity and resilience
  4. Contribute to wider company projects that require IT input such as new process planning, new functional specific software such as demand planning or business reporting
  5. Form part of the wider Group’s IT resource by working collaboratively with other IT professionals in the business and contributing to the IT Board
  6. Keep up to date with new software and technologies that can make our business better and build competencies within the IT team


Other Relationships

Coordinate with Divisional Finance based in Daventry, UK.

Liaise with other IT professionals around the Group

IT of customer/supplier functions around the UK


IT / Business systems

Sage 200 accounting software used for financial reporting

Interfaced with internally developed Corserine / Phoenix operating systems

Local IT hardware infrastructure includes virtualised servers and remote servers at business locations in Kirkham and Blackburn.


Background, education and experience 

Extensive 1st/2nd and 3rd Line support for a variety of infrastructure & application environments (pre-dominantly MS focused)

Extensive Design and deployment of Windows/PC based hardware

Management of an IT function within a larger multi-site SME or

Management of teams within an outsourced IT services environment



Good general education with at least strong A level or equivalent education.  Degree level education likely.  Appropriate technical certifications to demonstrate technical areas of expertise.


Technical Experience

  • LAN/WAN Network
  • MS Server platforms
  • Full and Thin client architecture including Citrix
  • Hardware performance monitoring and improvement
  • SQL
  • Business Continuity, backup & recovery
  • VMware
  • Antivirus, Anti-spam & Firewall management
  • PCI compliance
  • Website/Ecommerce/EDI
  • SQL
  • Programming, e.g. Linux, .NET
  • Video conferencing (Lifesize)
  • Support ERP and Business Intelligence tools

The template for the future ERP system is  based around MS Dynamics NAV 16 (Navision) with extensive use of  Phocas (BI) and Jet Reports (BI)for much of the reporting requirements. Experience in any of these would be advantageous


Organisation Structure


Friday’s Featured Vacancy – 13/03/2015


St Benedict’s Catholic High School, Whitehaven, Cumbria
Required for September 2015

We are seeking to appoint a dynamic, inspirational and talented teacher to work alongside our experienced team of specialist teachers.

This is an opportunity for an ambitious and enthusiastic candidate to assist direct the future of a key department at a time of significant development for the school as a whole. We are looking for a colleague who has the drive, passion and a proven track record within the subject from Key Stage 3 through to A level, and who has the vision, commitment and determination to help raise standards across all levels and abilities.

St Benedict’s School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of its students. All applicants are subject to the requirements of the Safeguarding Children and Safer Recruitment in Education guidelines. This will include checks with past employers and the need for the successful applicant to hold or undergo a suitable enhanced DBS disclosure. This is a permanent post.

For further information, please download the relevant information package and application form from our website at Email enquiries to J E Green, PA to Executive Headteacher, at or tel 01946 692275.

Closing date for applications: 9.00am on Friday 27 March 2015
Interviews will take place week beginning 13 April 2015

Friday’s Featured Vacancies – 06/03/2015

2 Summer positions available at FatFace Ambleside:  

1 x 8 hour temporary position beginning April to September – must be available Sunday to Wednesday

1 x 8 hour temporary position beginning April to September – must be available Thursday to Saturday

Please take a CV into the store before the closing date of Monday 16 March 2015. 

Fat Face, Market Cross, Ambleside, Cumbria LA22 9BT Tel: 015394 33376


Bar Staff and Waitress positions at FINO, Ambleside

Part time staff required for small upmarket wine bar in the heart of Ambleside. Applicants must have an excellent customer manner, be reliable, trustworthy and hard working. Previous experience would be an advantage but training can be given to the right candidate.

Apply online here:


Waiter positions at Apple Pie Eating House and Bakery, Ambleside

We have a vacancy for a waiter in our busy café/bakery in Ambleside.  Experience preferred but full training will be given. No shift work.  Starting rate £6.50 but after initial training this can be reviewed. We are looking for someone energetic and outgoing, who has an interest in Customer service. Accommodation available for the right applicant. Full and part time positions available.

Applications to: Simon Carter, Rydal Road, Ambleside, LA22 9AN
Phone: 015394 33679

My Career Story – guest post from Rachel @ Cotswold Outdoor


My current job is as Regional Marketing Manager for Cotswold Outdoor, it’s a very new role and one of only 2 that exist in the company at the moment, the other is in London. As you would expect we have our main marketing team based at Head Office in Cirencester and as great as they are it does present some geographical issues when you are dealing with over 70 shops Nationwide. To help with this within each of our shops we have a staff member dedicated to Local Marketing and ensuring we are supporting our community and national affiliate accounts at a local level e.g. local scout, rambler, guide groups.

My role allows us to support other more regional groups that would not ordinarily get noticed by our head office due to time restrictions and geographical awareness. Being based in the Lakes means I can make sure that we are able to support local outdoor providers, local events and groups.

My brief is simple ‘ Support our Community’, I love that, it allows so much scope and freedom to really tailor my marketing focus into whatever is happening and relevant for each shop – and they are all so different.

I have been with Cotswold Outdoor for 6 years now, I started in the Keswick Shop as a Sales Assistant on £5.77/hour. Within those 6 years I gained as much experience as I could and took every opportunity by the horns. As a result I have had some amazing experiences and have truly grown as a person and developed into a career path that I would never have imagined 6 years ago.

When asked if I wanted to be the in-store Visual Merchandiser for Keswick – I said ‘Yes!’. When asked if I wanted to go on a 2 week placement setting up a new shop – I said Yes! When asked if I wanted to be on the permanent shop fit team – guess what? I said yes! A year of travelling around the country opening a new shop every 2 to 3 weeks was an absolutely brilliant way to see our company grow, meet loads of new staff and get a tour of the country. It wasn’t long before I was promoted to a Regional Visual Merchandising Manager, which as it turned out was not the right job for me. So I took a step back and tried something else, an in-store Local Marketing person in our Grasmere Shop, I enjoyed that!

Then one day, the lad that was doing the Company Weekly newsletter resigned asked if anyone wanted to take over, my email was short and to the point – ‘I’ll do it’ – that was 4 years ago and I’m still doing it. I announce new jobs, new products, share good stories, great feedback, run competitions and generally communicate the companies activities to all the staff.

Cotswold Outdoor is an amazing company to work for, in my 6 years I have been trained in:

  • Winter Mountaineering
  • Climbing – trad and scrambling
  • Technical Outdoor equipment and clothing for all the brands we stock
  • Correct footwear fittings, measuring feet, assessing issues and matching feet to boots/shoes with modifications if required
  • Camping equipment and maintenance
  • GPS and navigation skills

With the company I’ve daggered up no.4 Gully onto Ben Nevis, paddled in a remote fjord in Sweden, scrambled on the Orme in North Wales,  scrambled up tryfan with Plas-y-Brenin, sat in a spa at the end of a magic mountain day, learnt how to use an ice axe and crampons safely, built a snow hole, met some truly inspirational people like Dave Mcleod, Andy Turner, Sir Chris Bonnington (and loads that aren’t famous as well – often just the guy or girl on the shop floor next to me) and finally, learnt how to enjoy the outdoors safely in all kinds of weather – all I have to do in return is pass the love, passion and knowledge of the outdoors onto our customers – done deal!

Before I worked for Cotswold Outdoor, well, that was a different lifetime altogether are you ready, I’ll keep it brief….I started out as a waitress while at Uni studying a Bachelor of Business (Management), after Uni I continued in Hospitality working my way through the functions department, into Concierge and ending up in Guest Relations. Then I opened a couple of bakeries making artesian bread from scratch after a few years of this, I changed to the job I had always wanted. I became a Veterinary Nurse, studying and working at the same time. After 5 years of this a few life changing moments had me working in a Government Tax Department and then in the Department of Defense….’enough I said’, what do I want to do, ‘I really don’t know’ was the reply. So I sold most of my possessions, put the rest in storage, packed my bag and came travelling with my dog..6 years later and I’m working for Cotswold Outdoor as a Regional Marketing Manager and loving it – who knew!

My advice to anyone about to start their working life, you are going to spend at least 70% of your life, day and week working, make sure you enjoy what you do – if you don’t QUIT! (A boss said that to me once and I quit…so I know it works ;-))


Thanks Rachel! If you would be interested in writing a post for the blog, email

What I got from my University of Cumbria Experience

Today’s guest post is from Sam Curran, an alumni of the University of Cumbria. Today Sam is talking about what he got out of his time at UoC. Take it away, Sam!



It’s fair to say that I had a mixed time when I went to University, although that I have only good things to say about the University of Cumbria, a top-quality institution with stacks to offer. But as well as my degree, what did I actually get from it which would be useful to me after I graduated?


Life experience

This is certainly the first thing which springs to mind and something which I needed to get. I came to Uni as quite a raw, fairly naïve 18 year old and left a well-rounded 21 year old. In short, it made me grow up. We have all heard in the media about University being a ‘rite of passage’ and it sounds clichéd to say it, but it really was for me as it got me thinking more about life and turned me into an adult, rather than the kid I was when I came to Uni.

Friends for Life and change 

They say at Uni you make friends for life and I definitely did whilst I was at Cumbria and not just with the people off my course. It was people I met at parties, in the library, a lot of people really and it was probably the first time in my life that I had got access to a great community where I could see people every day and this is something that I will really miss about University. I also grew a lot as a person. Prior to coming to University, I was quite a shy and introverted person and now I am a lot more extroverted. All the people who I made friends with really brought me out of myself and made me open up more, although I am sure that the nights out helped too!

Knowledge and creativity

I have a reasonably good memory but it is the high quality teaching that I received at Uni which made everything stick, something which will be invaluable for me in the future and it is also the place that I got some good ideas from, like the idea to set-up my own proofreading business and try other things out like sports coaching and tutoring, even going out, which is something I had never done before I went to Cumbria. I even took up modelling, which is something else that I had never tried before (see photo at the top of the blog) and something which really brought me out of myself, as you can tell from the broody nature of the poses! I became much more of an all-rounder throughout my time at University and developed into a better person.

Resilience and growth

As anyone who has gone to University will know, it can be a tough time which really tests you to your limits and you see what you are made of. You face challenges in every aspect of your daily lives like making ends meet with money, getting all your assignments done, placements and getting on with all the people that you live with. It is quite a maelstrom of challenges and forces you to grow as a person, even though I would say that one day my experience at University could be the making of me.

Perhaps the biggest thing which I got out of Uni was the whole experience and how it prepared me well for the future with everything I learnt there, in an academic and a personal sense. In some ways, I wish I could back and make even more of my time there but I will always have fond memories. The thing I would say to any student who has just gone into Uni now is that it will be hard and a rollercoaster of a ride, but it is one which you will definitely enjoy and make the best of.


Sam has his own proofreading business. He charges from £3.00 per 1,000 words. He can help with style and content as well as grammatical and formatting issues. Sam has proofread for 6 years and has proofread pieces of work from Undergraduate to PHD level as well as editing CVs, job applications and personal statements. The business has its own Facebook page ‘Efficient Editing’ which you can contact Sam through. You can also get in touch with Sam by emailing him at