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Free Event: Social Enterprise Workshop

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Want to have a positive social impact? Ever had an idea but not known where to start?

If the answer is yes, perhaps you should be thinking about starting your own social enterprise venture…

Unlike a business or corporation, social enterprise ventures are not profit driven; profits are usually reinvested into the organisation or community. The main goal of a social enterprise is to drive positive change; however this does not mean social enterprises are not financially successful. Social enterprises are businesses where society profits! There are many successful social enterprises in the UK and there’s more being brought to market every year.

If you have an interesting idea for a social enterprise and want to be an agent of change, we have the event for you!

On Tuesday 10th May at 2.00pm, we have a member of Manchester Metropolitan University’s Business School coming to the University of Cumbria to deliver a workshop about social entrepreneurship. The workshop will introduce students to social enterprise, motivate and inspire students to start their own ventures and will also act as a great networking platform (remember it’s all about who you know!). The event is two hours long, free to attend and will be held at the Fusehill Street campus in Carlisle.

Don’t worry if you don’t currently have any enterprising ideas, if you are interested in social enterprise you should still pop along to the Social Enterprise workshop. You never know, you may leave the event with an idea that could change your life; or more importantly – the lives of others.

We hope you can make it! Let’s help make the world a better place and drive positive change!

If you are interested in attending this event please book tickets through the following link; http://store.cumbria.ac.uk/browse/extra_info.asp?compid=1&modid=1&catid=59&prodid=513

For more information please contact Ben Parker via email at ben.parker@cumbria.ac.uk

TEDx is coming to the University of Cumbria!


TEDx, an independently organised TED event, is coming to Carlisle for one night only!

Tickets available on the UoC TEDx website here.


The Theme

For the first ever University of Cumbria TEDx event the theme ‘Progression’ has been chosen, this ties in nicely with university life and can have a broad interpretation. Expect talks on career progression, the progression of ideas and much more. The event speakers really have had some great ideas on what progression means to them and the world.


The Speakers:

  • Andy Beeforth – Chief Executive Cumbria Community foundation
  • Jacqui Filkins – Honoury Fellow, advisor to EU on health matters – Sustainability Strategies.
  • Brenda Crossley – Graduate – Aging & Adapting With Technology.
  • Nathan Roberts – Zoo Keeper – Conservation and Effective Communication.
  • Phillip Wilson – Musician. Making Music Accessible For All.
  • Annie Weir – Self-published creative writing graduate – Age Is Not A Barrier.

Developing a great line-up for this event has been tough, there are just so many talented people with great ideas! There will be something for everyone with six super talented speakers all with unique ideas to share from varied backgrounds. Be sure to check out the event blog here for updates on speakers with details about them and their talks.



Thursday 5th May 2016 at 18.30 until 21.30



The event will be held in the University of Cumbria’s Fusehill Street campus close to the centre of Carlisle in the Learning Gateway Lecture Theatre.

University of Cumbria, Fusehill Street, Carlisle, CA1 2HH



A ticket must be purchased to ensure attendance. Just to make it even harder to resist temptation you will get a free beer and a burger with each ticket. Now that’s food for thought…

Tickets are £8.49 per person (including booking fees)

Tickets available on the UoC TEDx website here.



About TEDx, x = independently organized event
In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TED Talks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized. (Subject to certain rules and regulations.)

Find out more on the TED website.

New to TED? Here’s 11 must see TED talks.


This event is being organised by Ben Parker (University of Cumbria Events Management Student)


Friday’s Featured Vacancies – 07/02/2014

The Halston Aparthotel

Full of enthusiasm? Enjoy hard work?

We have fantastic opportunities for motivated, enthusiastic and talented individuals who want to join a new team and be part of something unique!

The Halston Aparthotel is an exciting new development in Carlisle city centre. As the former general Post Office, this beautiful landmark building has been beautifully restored and renovated into a luxury aparthotel.

With 16 apartments offering serviced accommodation, a cafe/wine bar, a restaurant, health and beauty spa plus a function and event space to accommodate 350 guests, The Halston Aparthotel will offer a new and unique experience for Carlisle.

Opening in June 2014 we will be recruiting our team ready to join us in may 2014. We have various positions available, ranging from part-time to full-time with permanent and temporary contracts. As with any business within the hospitality industry the positions will include shifts covering unsociable hours including weekends and Bank Holidays. Many roles will require a flexible approach ass additional hours ma be required at peak trading periods.

We are searching for friendly and enthusiastic individuals who will use their initiative and instinctively know how to make guests feel welcome and cared for. Experience is not essential but ambition and a desire to succeed is.

We are currently looking for:


If this sounds like you and you would like to join our team, please email your CV and a cover letter and why you would like to work at The Halston, plus which department you would be interested in joining to Claire Armstrong at info@thehalston.com

You can also follow us on www.facebook.com/thehalston.com and Twitter @TheHalston1 where you can see our progress and find further information regarding our recruitment.


Finding part-time work in Carlisle and Lancaster

Part-time work is a fantastic way of increasing your skills and experience in the workplace, adding cash to your bank balance, maybe meeting new people in the community and even creating useful contacts for your career after university.


Opportunities on campus

Student Ambassadors help the university with marketing activities and outreach work such as open days, Higher Education fairs and school liaison. For more information go to www.cumbria.ac.uk/studentambassadors. Other jobs working for the University of Cumbria are advertised on the University’s website, www.cumbria.ac.uk/jobs.

Where to look

All job vacancies and placements that you may be interested in are advertised on the University’s Virtual Job Shop at http://cumbria.prospects.ac.uk/. Register and you can receive regular emails about all types of work and a range of placement opportunities including part-time and summer vacation work as well as graduate opportunities locally, nationally and even internationally.

You can also register your details at www.cumbria.ac.uk/grab or email jobsandplacements@cumbria.ac.uk to receive the weekly “Opportunities Knock” bulletin from the University’s Business Placement service.

Your course staff may well forward interesting opportunities to you so check your student email, Blackboard and course noticeboards regularly.

Local Resources

Other part time jobs in the area are advertised in the local press and on their websites. In Lancashire this is the Lancaster Guardian at www.lancasterguardian.co.uk/jobs and in Cumbria this is the Cumberland News at www.clickin2jobs.co.uk which also has a CV Link that matches your details with vacancies. You can also look out for vacancies advertised in shop windows.

There are Jobcentre Plus offices at Mitre House on Church Street in Lancaster and also on Lowther Street in Carlisle. They both have Job Points which carry vacancies in this area, around the UK and in Europe. You can also search online using the online database at www.gov.uk/jobsearch.

Employment Agencies are listed in the Yellow Pages (www.yell.com). You can register for temporary placements in a variety of sectors, which can sometimes turn into more permanent jobs. In the past students have worked in offices, factories, care homes, warehouses, catering and cleaning although many more opportunities could be available.

Your networks

Many part-time jobs are never advertised and come through developing your own contacts, so let people around you – such as friends, flatmates and staff on your course, know you are looking.

Enquiring at the places you would like to work can also see results. Many employers such as supermarkets, bars, cafes and restaurants, gyms and shops often advertise on their own premises for staff, so keep your eyes open.

Using your existing skills and interests

Think about your current skills – are there any ways you can use specialist skills to supplement your other income by setting up your own business or freelancing?

In the past students have worked as DJs, offered IT services, designed and produced wedding stationery for friends, traded on Ebay, written for websites, sold their own art/craftwork at craft fairs and markets, proofread and offered private tutoring. Think about what you can offer and place adverts on free-to-advertise sites such as Gumtree.

Care and health care work

Many charitable and voluntary sector organisations don’t advertise short term or casual opportunities in the press so check out their website or make a direct approach by phoning their office to ask about bank or casual staff. Contact details can be found at www.yell.com under ‘charitable and voluntary organisations’, ‘healthcare’ and ‘care agencies’.

Both the Morecambe Bay Trust and the Cumberland Infirmary advertise vacancies for bank staff, which includes opportunities for health care assistants. See www.jobs.nhs.uk for further details. For opportunities in Cumbria Primary Care Trust contact the appropriate Locality Manager.


Worthwhile in itself for all the same reasons as part-time work, volunteering of course is unpaid; however you may be able to claim any out-of-pocket expenses such as transport and meals. Additional benefits include free training such as coaching and first aid qualifications as well as the chance to further develop your skills. Starting as a volunteer can often be a way into paid work in the social care and voluntary sectors.
You can find out more by visiting www.ucsu.me/volunteering or www.do-it.org.uk. You can also read our post about volunteering here.

University Careers Service

The careers Service offers advice and guidance on finding work, approaching local employers, writing CVs and application forms and going for interviews. For further information, you can email careers@cumbria.ac.uk or make an appointment at the LiSS desk in the library.

Careers Fairs – How to make them work for you!

If you are in Carlisle tomorrow why not drop into the Sands Centre for a careers fair – the Carlisle Skills Fair from 2-8 pm. (2-4 pm primarily for jobseekers and 4-8 pm primarily for school leavers).

Here are a few tips for getting the most out of attending a careers fair.


Plan ahead

Do your research! Double check the date, time and location of the event, research which employers are attending, and which employers are currently recruiting. You probably won’t be offered a job on the spot, but if you can tailor your approach to the different employers present, it will show them that you have prepared thoroughly. If you don’t have a list of organisations you’d like to work for, careers events can also give you a chance to find out more about other employers, and give you an opportunity to network.

Take your CV

Just the same as employers handing out freebies to promote their company, you can promote yourself too! It’s a good idea to take along items that you can leave with employers so that you leave a lasting impression. This can be your CV (tailored to each company, of course!), along with a short cover letter perhaps, highlighting your skills and what you can offer. Alternatively you could take along some business cards, with your contact details and career goal on one side, and a memorable fact or achievement on the other.

Create an elevator pitch

An elevator pitch is a short speech you can use to quickly and simply outline you and your career goals to a prospective employer. The name “elevator pitch” comes from the idea that you should be able to deliver your pitch in the time span of an elevator ride (between thirty seconds to two minutes). The term itself comes from a scenario of an accidental meeting with someone important in the elevator. If the conversation inside the elevator in those few seconds is interesting and value adding, the conversation will continue after the elevator ride or end in exchange of contact details or a scheduled meeting. Use your elevator pitch to quickly and succinctly show how you are a good fit for the organisation and what skills and experience you have.


Don’t just grab the freebies and run – have a chat with people. Careers fairs are an informal way to meet employers and they give you a great opportunity to practise talking to recruiters without the pressure of a formal interview. You could talk about relevant experience such as an internship or work placement in a similar field. Even if your experience isn’t directly relevant to that company, it might be useful to talk about why you want to work there, or more generally about your career motivations and interests. Don’t hang around too long though – don’t outstay your welcome! Move on once you have had your questions answered and have made a lasting impression.

Dress professionally

This is probably fairly obvious – you never know who you are going to run into when you attend a career event so act and present yourself as a professional, both to the employers and to other job seekers. You are there to meet potential employers and first impressions count; it’s important to dress appropriately to make the right impression.

Follow up

Make sure that you take along a notepad and pen, or collect business cards from employers that you are interested in. Then after the event you can follow up with a short email a few days later. Thank them for their time and ask for a short 10-15 minute networking meeting. Even if you don’t have much success on the day – not a lot of people get offered a job there and then – it doesn’t mean you can’t have success a few days afterwards. 

Wetherspoons Careers Recruitment Day – Carlisle

Hot Press news is that Pub Chain J. D. Wetherspoon are holding a Careers Recruitment Day at Lloyds No 1 Bar Carlisle on Wednesday 29th February between 10.00 am and 4. 00 pm.

A poster on the bar in Lloyds invites applicants for posts as bar and kitchen staff as well as Trainee Managers.  Simply turn up on the day or apply via the Wetherspoon Jobs website if you can’t make it.

It’s not clear from the site if, as with their various festivals, other branches of ‘Spoons are running a similar event on the same date.

Volunteers Needed at Carlisle Youthzone

Carlisle Youthzone are still keen to recruit volunteers to help with sessions for young people, especially the ones that take place over the weekend:-

    • Friday Gym Club (3.30 – 6.00 pm)


  • Senior Club (Friday evenings for 13 -21 year olds)



  • Inclusion Project (for youngsters with disabilities on Saturday mornings)



  • Junior Club (8 – 12 year olds on Saturday afternoons)



  • Saturday Night Session


For more info and contact details, visit www.carlisleyouthzone.org

Thanks to Julia Mullarkey of Carlisle Youthzone for this update.


Temporary Staff in Demand

This information has been provided by Kim Reay, a consultant working for recruitment agency Hays in Carlisle.

“Almost one in four (22%) UK employers are planning to increase their use of temporary labour in the next three months, according to the Recruitment & Employment Confederation’s latest JobsOutlook.

“With many of our clients requesting temporary cover throughout the festive period and into the New Year, now is the ideal time to secure your next role.

“If you know someone looking for a job tell us about them. When we find them a new job, you’ll be rewarded with gift vouchers.”

More details on current vacancies are available from www.hays.co.uk

University of Cumbria – Mini Careers Convention at Fusehill Street Campus

This event will take place on Thursday 14 October 12 noon—2.30 pm in the Gateway Building

We will be joined by the representatives from:

CEVA Logistics

The logistics industry is increasingly reliant on graduate management trainees and covers a wide variety of opportunities in supply chain logistics, transportation and warehousing. CEVA Logistics are a growing company with graduate traineeships in operational management at many UK locations.

Enterprise Rent-A-Car

Enterprise Rent-A-Car run a large, award-winning Management Training Programme and vacancy levels with the company have remained high in spite of the recession. Vacancies across the UK.

Good Companions

Good Companions are actively looking for full and part-time carers to work in the Carlisle, Longtown and Brampton areas. They may also have occasional opportunities in residential and live-in care.

There will also be a display of free careers information to take away on the day.