Thursday, 18 January 2018

Addenbrookes - job opportunities

If you have ever wondered about securing a job at Addenbrookes or any of the other Cambridgeshire hospitals, then please be aware that there will be a Recruitment Open Day on 10/2 at the Addenbrookes site.  Jobs covered include medical positions, but they have information about non-medical roles in the hospitals too.  For more information, look on the Addenbrookes website, or alternatively check out there Facebook and Twitter Feeds below:


Tuesday, 16 January 2018

And now for a job opportunity that's a little different!

Sponsored training. Professional qualifications. A long-term career. Jump aboard.
As a BP Shipping Cadet you’ll have a career like no other. Working on one of the world’s most sophisticated fleets on highly specialised work is why training is so important. We’ll ensure that whilst you’re spending periods of time at sea, your time is also split between leisure and study for your internationally-recognised Seafarer’s License.
If you have the discipline, professionalism, and the determination to learn; we will set you up with a long-lasting career and friends from all over the world. By the end of our three-year programme, you’ll be a trained officer with a globally-recognised qualification and an exciting career to look forward to.
Whether you join us as a Deck Cadet, Engineering Cadet or Electro Technical Cadet, you’ll be a key part of the crew, working amongst breathtaking scenery and multi-million dollar technology.
So if you’re looking for an extraordinary and challenging programme that will propel you into a rewarding career with BP, this could be the perfect opportunity for you. Applications are closing soon.
Closing date: Wednesday 31st January 2018.
Click here to apply

Friday, 12 January 2018

The UK Power Networks Apprenticeship Programme - opportunities




2018 Foundation Apprentice Programme

This is an exciting opportunity to become an apprentice in UK Power Networks with opportunities to progress within a highly respected company. UK Power Networks has the largest electricity distribution network covering London, the East of England and the South East with more than eight million customers to whom we distribute electricity.

Job Purpose

The UK Power Networks Apprenticeship Programme, endorsed by E&U Skills and Accredited by the IET, provides the opportunity for individuals to become fully trained, qualified and competent “craft” persons in an electrical distribution industry in one of the following trade’s cable jointing, overhead lines or electrical plant fitting.

Principal Accountabilities:

Apprentices are expected to learn all aspects of their chosen craft and apply the knowledge, skills and techniques gained through the Apprenticeship Programme competently, safely and in accordance with Network standards.

Apprentices will follow a Trailblazer Apprenticeship Framework which will include a Certificate in Electrical Power Engineering and a competency based qualification in Electrical Power Engineering whilst on the Programme. Apprentices are expected to undertake duties in accordance with their chosen craft:
  • Jointers - Jointing duties, such as the maintenance & restoration of electrical supplies on the UK Power Networks distribution system, by means of carrying out jointing repairs on the HV and LV cable networks under the supervision of the area team as appropriate.
  • Overhead Linespersons - Overhead linesperson duties, such as the maintenance & restoration of electrical supplies on the UK Power Networks distribution system and carrying out reinforcements and new connections under the supervision of the area team as appropriate.
  • Fitters - Maintenance fitter duties, such as electrical fitting activities on plant (construction, maintenance and fault rectification as required) under the supervision of the area team as appropriate.
Knowledge, Skills, Qualifications and Experience:
  • Suitable applicants will be new to the power distribution industry and have recently achieved or be on course to achieve GCSE’s Grades A to D or 3 to 9 in English, Maths and Science/Technology or equivalent or higher level secondary education qualifications such as A levels or BTEC.
We were the first electricity distributor named in the Sunday Times’ 25 ‘Best Big Companies to Work For’ and also hold the title of Utility of the Year (2016, 2015 and 2012). We’re striving to become an employer of choice, a responsible and respected corporate citizen and sustainably cost efficient. Achieving such objectives means we have embraced a culture based on values of integrity, continuous development, diversity and inclusivity, respect, unity and responsibility.
If you share these values, want to play a role influencing the energy industry’s future and want to join a critical sector at a critical time of change then we believe our unique combination of classroom training, hands-on work and real life experience as well as a competitive starting salary of £14,996 per annum as well as other benefits will get your career with us off to a flying start!
We hope to hear from you soon!

Wednesday, 10 January 2018

Are you interested in studying in the USA?

Sutton Trust US Programme

The Sutton Trust US Programme closes for applications this weekend on Sunday 14 January. This is the last chance for year 12 students (S5 in Scotland, Year 13 in Northern Ireland) to apply to join the programme.

Students can apply now:

Last year, we helped 62 students gain places at top US universities, with the costs covered by financial aid and scholarships.

You can see biographies of successful students now studying in the US here:

Students currently on the programme have made this video about why they would recommend other students apply:

What is it?

The Sutton Trust US Programme is an 18 month-long programme for talented Year 12 students from across the UK. It includes two residentials in London to help programme participants explore US study, before all 150 students spend a week doing the Programme's summer school at US universities (last year we stayed at MIT or Yale), during which we visit a number of universities in the US. As the students go into Year 13, if they want to apply for US universities alongside their UCAS options, we will support them, their families and their schools with the application process, including further UK residentials.

So far in five years, we have helped more than 250 British students go to top US universities with scholarships from the universities.

The programme is delivered by the Fulbright Commission, who are experts in helping students in the UK study degrees in the US.

How much does it cost for the students?

The programme is FREE for students - including travel, food, accommodation, admissions test preparation and more.

Who are we looking for?

We select 150 students to take part each year. These students will:

  • Currently be in Year 12 or equivalent (eg S5 in Scotland, Year 13 in Northern Ireland)
  • Attend a state school or college
  • Not hold US citizenship
  • Be from a low-income family (generally, this will mean a household earning £45,000 or less)

We are looking for applicants that meet all or most of these criteria:

  • England and Northern Ireland: Have achieved at least eight GCSEs at grade A or 7 or above
  • Wales: Have achieved at least eight GCSEs at grade A or above
  • Scotland: Have achieved at least six B passes at National 5 or above
  • Show a commitment to the programme and interest in US culture and higher education
  • Have a strong school reference

We welcome applicants from across the UK, and individuals from a broad range of ethnic, religious and socio-economic backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

When is the deadline for students to apply?

Students must submit their application by Sunday, 14 January 2018.

However, we strongly advise they get started earlier, as the application form requires some thinking!

Where can I find out more and apply?

There's lots more information on our website: and the application form can also be found there.

For student videos about their US week summer school:

I am interested in learning more about US study, where can I find out more?

Aside from the Sutton Trust US Programme, Fulbright offers advice and support for students, teachers and parents looking at US universities. Check out our guide to US study and also College Day in September 2018.

Thursday, 14 December 2017

University of Sheffield - non-standard routes into studying Engineering

Many students who wish to study engineering or computer science at university enter directly onto year one of a degree programme. Entry requirements at the University of Sheffield for this route range from AAA to AAB (or equivalent) with a high attainment level of Maths and a science subject for most courses. Specific entry requirements can be checked on UCAS or our website by using the course finder tool:
There are now additional routes for students who wish to study engineering at the University of Sheffield and don’t currently meet our standard criteria.
Pathway to Engineering
For 2017, we introduced the new Pathway to Engineering programme for some of our degrees. This is for students who are expected to attain grade A or above in maths (or equivalent), but who are not studying a science subject. It takes the form of a three week course running directly before the first semester of year one of the degree. We hope it might be particularly useful for female students, as we know they are less likely to take Physics at school. There are no exams to pass as part of the Pathway.
The Pathway to Engineering course is only available for students wanting to study Mechanical Engineering, Aerospace Engineering and our interdisciplinary degree - MEng Engineering. You can find out more about the Pathway to Engineering by watching this short video:
Foundation Year
All our engineering and computer science courses can be accessed via a foundation year route. For all courses this is a route for students who haven’t taken STEM subjects at school, but for some courses it is also a route for those that show potential in STEM, but haven’t quite attained the grades required. I’ve included all the entry requirements below, as they do vary for different degrees.
Students looking to study Mechatronics, Robotics Engineering, Systems and Control Engineering, Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Materials Science and Engineering or Civil Engineering:
  1. Relevant A-level subjects (maths and another science) achieving BBC
  2. Non-STEM A-level subjects -  achieving ABB
  3. BTEC - DDD in Engineering including Distinction in Further Maths units - Note a maths assessment also forms a part of the entry criteria
Students looking to study Aerospace Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Bioengineering, MEng (Interdisciplinary) Engineering, Computer Science or Software Engineering:
  1. Non-STEM A-level subjects -  achieving ABB
  2. BTEC - DDD in Engineering including Distinction in Further Maths units - Note a maths assessment also forms a part of the entry criteria

Winter sports Instructor Internship Opportunities

Training | Qualification | Guaranteed job offer


Over the past 10 years, EA has helped over 2,000 young people have the best winter of their lives through their Instructor Internship Program. The internship provides young-people with world-class training, support and an internationally recognised qualification which then assists them into a paid instructor job at one of the world’s top ski schools. Internship programs start at $4975 which cover the costs of training, examination fees and materials, accommodation and a guaranteed job offer at one of EA's highly competitive resorts.

The recruitment stage is now open for programs starting Nov/Dec 2018 and there are also positions available in June 2018 for New Zealand.

EA are looking for school leavers who:
  • Have a passion for skiing or snowboarding (Low level intermediate to advanced ability welcome)
  • Have a willingness to learn through training and working
  • Have an interest in travel and adventure
  • Are available from June to August or November/December to April 2018
  • Will be 18 years of age by November 2018
  • Are looking for a life-changing experience
  • Have the financial support to participate in an internship abroad 
Click here to see if you meet initial eligibility criteria for this opportunity.

Successful applicants will receive:
  • A GUARANTEED offer of employment as a ski or snowboard instructor which includes uniform, full season pass, and discount deals 
  • Early season orientation, instructor training, and accommodation package 
  • International Instructor Association membership and level one ski or snowboard examination 
  • Training, support and further qualifications throughout the season 
  • Assistance and support with obtaining Working Holiday Visas, flights and insurances (in partnership with STA Travel)
  • Access to our 29 resort partners for future work opportunities to help progress their career in the snow sports industry

We work with partner ski resorts in Canada, USA, Japan, New Zealand and Switzerland. Programs start in late November each year for the northern hemisphere and June for the southern hemisphere.

Download your career pack here to start the application process and learn more about EA’s paid internship opportunity.
For general information about our internship programs around the world, check out our website or read some of our Alumni reviews here.

Kind regards,
Chris Hazeldine

P.S. If you would like additional information to pass on to your students about this opportunity please email

EA Ski & Snowboard Training
Educating Adventures Limited
P: +61 (0) 28 011 4987 

Volunteer Visitor Observer - The Fitzwilliam Museum

Why the Fitzwilliam Museum needs this role
The Fitzwilliam Museum has a responsibility to protect and preserve the collections under its care for as long as possible.  In order to this, we need to understand how best to protect collections on display, while still making them accessible to visitors and without hindering visitors’ enjoyment.  To understand how effective the methods we use to deter touching (e.g. barriers, ‘Do Not Touch’ signs), we would like to undertake a research project.  This project will involve collating opinions from visitors and staff, as well as observing visitor behaviour in the galleries.
Volunteer tasks
  • Observe the behaviour of visitors around objects, and record the amount of times they touch objects.
What you will gain from this role
  • Gain a better understanding of collections care within the Museum
  • Gain valuable experience that will enhance your CV and set you apart in the job market
  • Satisfaction of giving back
  • Gain cultural sector contacts within a supportive environment
Skills required
Volunteers from all backgrounds and experience are welcome, especially those who have an interest in working within visitor engagement and/or collections care. We are looking for someone who is punctual and reliable.   Training will be provided for this role.
Potential time involvement: The shifts are any day Tuesday - Sunday for 2.5 hours
Location: Fitzwilliam Museum, Trumpington Street, Cambridge CB2 1RB
Responsible to: Assistant Conservator (Collections Care), Fitzwilliam Museum
Training and support
Full training and support will be given for this role within the department. There will be a briefing session for this role on 20 January 2018 at the Fitzwilliam Museum
Legal check requirements for this role
We have a legal responsibility to ensure that you have the right to volunteer in the UK before you can start volunteering for us. If you do not have the right to volunteer in the UK already we will not be able to progress your interest any further
All volunteers working within the Fitzwilliam Museum are required to undertake a Disclosure Scotland security check prior to commencing the role. The fee for this check will be reimbursed on your first day within the department.
Health and safety responsibilities
You will be responsible for your own health and safety and that of others with whom you volunteer, by reporting all potential and actual health and safety matters including accidents using the correct procedures.
To express interest in this role
Please fill out an Expression of Interest Form and send it to or Opening Doors Project Coordinator, University of Cambridge Museums, c/o The Fitzwilliam Museum, Trumpington Street, Cambridge CB2 1RB.  
Closing date: 12 noon on Sunday 14 January 2018.
About the Fitzwilliam Museum
Founded in 1816 the Fitzwilliam is the principal museum of the University of Cambridge and leads the University of Cambridge Museums (UCM) Major Partner Museum consortium.  The Fitzwilliam’s collections explore world history and art from antiquity to the present day. It houses over half a million objects from ancient Egyptian, Greek and Roman artefacts, to medieval illuminated manuscripts, masterpiece paintings from the Renaissance to the 21st century, world class prints and drawings, and outstanding collections of applied arts, ceramics, coins, and Asian arts.
Welcoming over 470,000 visitors a year, the Fitzwilliam presents a wide ranging public programme of major exhibitions, events and education activities, and is an internationally recognised institute of learning, research and conservation.