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Tuesday July 17, 2018

The Young Potentials Programme

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Tuesday July 17, 2018

Xiferie EVS InfoPack

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Tuesday July 17, 2018

Access to Apprenticeships — fully funded bursary for students — Workington

Gen2 has acquired funding from the City and Guilds Group to fund 10 learners through a Level 2 Performing Engineering Operations qualification.

This will be a 2.5 day a week training programme delivered at our Head Office in Lillyhall, for students aged between 16-18 by September 2018, who have yet to secure an apprenticeship.

They will study a range of practical units including mechanical, welding, electrical etc., as well as gain key employability skills and work experience activities.

Because this is fully funded by City and Guilds Group, we need to ensure bursaries are awarded to the right applicants (those in most financial need) and therefore I was wondering if you could help me promote this but please be aware, students who wish to apply MUST meet 2 of the 5 eligibility points below:

  1. First generation to go to university
  2. A care leaver
  3. In receipt of, or previously been eligible for, free school meals (FSM)
  4. Either fewer than five GCSEs at C/5 and above, including English or Maths or past or predicted grades CCC or less at A-level (or equivalent)
  5. Lives in 30% of most deprived area of the UK. *measured by the indices of deprivation

In addition to the above, the funding for this course will also cover the following for successful learners:

  • Travel to the course and to home
  • Food/beverages allowance for the course
  • If necessary, childcare can be claimed
  • Books and learning materials for the course.

To apply or for further information, contact the HR department at

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Tuesday July 3, 2018

Larch Cottage Nurseries

Apprenticeship Opportunities

Larch Cottage Nurseries, Restaurant and Gallery near Penrith have two exciting apprenticeship opportunities.

We are more than just a Garden Nursery ... with romanesque walls draped with greenery which act as a backdrop for the plant displays which are bursting with mature stock plants that have been cultivated on local land. Visitors are taken on a journey through abundant herbaceous borders dotted with urns and statuary. Plant enthusiasts travel from all of the world to discover a wealth of rare and unusual plants the majority of which are propagated on site.

At larch cottage you can relax, unwind and enjoy the beauty of nature. Enjoy lunch on the restaurant terrace, browse through Red Barn Gallery with its collection of jewellery and fine art and lower shop with its wealth of unique and unusual gifts.

Horticulture Apprenticeship

We are looking for someone who wishes to pursue a career in horticulture with the opportunity for qualifications up to NVQ level 3. This is a unique and rare opportunity to work in a real plantsman's nursery with over 15,000 different varieties in stock. The two apprenticeships on offer are Apprentice Gardener and Apprentice Nursery Assistant.

Duties will include:

  • Water, weed, prune and maintain a wide range of nursery stock.
  • Assist in setting out of stock throughout the garden centre.
  • Assist customers throughout the garden centre.
  • Assist with deliveries and picking lists.
  • General duties throughout the centre.

Desired skills

  • You must be able to work in all weathers.
  • You will have a keen interest in this field of work.
  • You will have a good level of fitness.
  • You will be able to use own initiative.
  • You will be able to work well within a team.

Personal qualities

  • Hard working, trustworthy, must have a willingness to learn.

Future prospects

  • Potential for permanent position on completion of the Apprenticeship.

Things to consider

  • Due to our location you will either need your own transport or a reliable lift.

Apprentice Chef

We are looking for a passionate individual with a joy for cooking to join our kitchen team. We are looking for individuals with the flare for catering who enjoy creating mouth-watering dishes for customers to enjoy. This is a fantastic opportunity to learn in a busy café environment.

We serve a Mediterranean menu with a focus on healthy eating. There is no meat on our menu and everything is prepared from scratch using fresh ingredients and where possible using fresh produce from the kitchen garden at Larch Cottage.

The position includes a mixture of daytime shifts including weekends.

Duties to include:

  • Basic food preparation, maintaining safety and hygiene, plating food for service, carrying out basic food preparation activities.

Desired skills

  • Willing to learn and follow instructions, able to work on own initiative and work as part of a team.

Personal qualities

  • Eager to learn and committed to learning, consistent approach to tasks and working methods, committed to deliver positive outcomes, reliable and trustworthy, passion for the industry, high quality standards, proactive and curious, high standards of personal hygiene.

Future prospects

  • Depending on how well you work throughout your apprenticeship you may be taken on after and even get the chance to progress to the next level.

Things to consider

  • Due to our location you will either need your own transport or a reliable lift.

For more information or to apply for the above positions, please contact Laura or Jo on 01931 712 404 or email

Larch Cottage Nurseries, Melkinthorpe, Penrith, Cumbria, CA10 2DR

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Friday June 29, 2018

NHS 70 Celebrations

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Friday June 29, 2018

Healthcare and Blue Light Event

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Friday June 29, 2018

Blue Light and Healthcare Event

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Friday June 29, 2018


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Friday June 29, 2018

Work Experience

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Monday June 25, 2018

Cumbria Student Conference on June 28, 2018

A conference run in association with Cumbria Aspires, a group whose mission statement includes "... to inspire students in our partnership to aim towards excellent higher education". This conference builds on similar events that Cumbria Aspires has organised in the past.

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Cumbria Student Conference PDF

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Monday June 18, 2018

An 'extra' paid science placement opportunity is available in West Cumbria at The University of Manchester's Dalton Cumbrian Facility this summer, in addition to the projects recruited for in recent weeks.

We're looking for a local undergraduate or Masters student to undertake a chemistry-based project, with academic support and supervision, starting in early July. Very capable A Level students may also be considered.

This is a super opportunity for a local student to gain experience in a research environment.

See details below. Deadline is Friday June 22 at 17:00. Please contact Alex Baidak if you have any questions prior to application.

Paid Undergraduate Summer Research Placement (REF: DCF2018-4)

Radiation chemistry of graphene oxide-water dispersions

Project start date: Early July 2018
Duration: Roughly 6 weeks: to be confirmed with project lead

Project summary: In this project, the radiation effects on the two types of graphene oxide (GO) dispersed in water will be studied. The need for this research stems from the fact that GO materials are now considered as promising candidates for efficient and selective adsorption of various radionuclides from aqueous effluents. A lot of research is still required to provide technical and mechanistic underpinning of the GO-based technology. For example, very little is known about how the structure of graphene oxide changes when this material is exposed to radiation in aqueous environments.

This research project will aim to characterise the effects of γ-irradiation on the two commercially available GO compounds, namely GO-gra and GO-oxy. These materials are distinctly different from each other in terms of their oxidation degree: GO-oxy contains up to 50% of oxygen, whereas GO-gra has only about 10% fraction of oxygen. Hence this project also aims to examine the influence of the chemical composition of GO materials on their radiation induced structural modifications.

GO-oxy and GO-gra compounds were irradiated in the presence of air, i.e. under the conditions at which the aqueous waste in nuclear legacy ponds is likely to be found, and also under inert conditions (argon atmosphere) for comparison. Hydrogen peroxide and hydrogen yields will be measured from the irradiated dispersions, to gain insight into the reaction mechanisms between the radiolysis products of water and dispersed GO.

In summary, this research project endeavours to make a contribution to the scientific underpinning of GO-based waste water treatment technology in nuclear industry.


  • Good laboratory skills
  • A strong interest in nanomaterials and analytical chemistry
  • Competent user of MS Office (Excel, Word etc)
  • Good analytical thinking
  • Patience, dedication, good time management skills and the ability to work under own initiative
  • Good communication skills and the ability to work as part of a team
  • Ideal for an undergraduate or Masters student but interested A Level students are welcome to apply

Salary: The successful candidate will be paid £8.64 per hour based on a 35 hour working week.

How to apply: Please email a CV and covering letter to Alex Baidak by 5pm on Friday June 22, 2018. Your CV should include email addresses and telephone numbers for two referees who are happy to be contacted in relation to this post. Your covering letter should include the post reference number and should explain:

  1. Your reasons for wishing to undertake this particular project
  2. How you meet all or most of the requirements set out above

Shortlisted candidates can expect to be invited to interview, which may be in person or via an appropriate digital platform, e.g. Skype or Facetime.

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Friday June 8, 2018

The next Copeland Borough Council apprentice programme is now taking shape. The following opportunities may be of interest to school leavers or those leaving sixth form and will commence in September...

  • 2 x Horticultural apprenticeships (Level 2) in the Parks & Open Spaces team
  • 1 x Chartered Surveyor apprenticeship (Level 6) in the Building Control / Housing team (shared)
  • 1 x Regulatory Compliance apprenticeship (Level 4) in the Environmental Health team
  • 1 x Business Administration apprenticeship (Level 3) in the Economic Development / Copeland Community Fund team (shared)

The programme will be open to applicants on June 25, if not before. All vacancy information / application forms will be available via the Copeland Borough Council website.

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Thursday May 3, 2018

The first Cumbria Future Leaders Forum took place on May 3, 2018...

Cumbria Future Leaders Forum May 3, 2018
Cumbria Future Leaders Forum on May 3, 2018

Thank you to those who attended the first of many Cumbria Future Leaders Forum Events. We got some really good conversations going and the event was a great launch event to help us shape what they may look like moving forward. As you know the network represents a significant slice of Cumbrian Talent and will allow young people who have been involved in the Dream Placement scheme in the past 5 years (865) — whether they received a placement or not — to benefit, getting together on a quarterly basis and grow their own network of support and CPD

For those of you who were unable to attend, the first meeting included a tour around the impressive facilities at the National Centre for Nuclear, followed by workshop sessions facilitated by Al Wilson of CfLP and Andrew Bernard of Innovative Enterprise.

We facilitated the sessions with the attendees emphasising that we would support and encourage the CFLF but that the ideas should come from them, allowing them to set their own priorities and agenda.

We used the WOW model of Customer Experience — asking:

  • what should the basic outcome from your network be?
  • what are the expectations from the network?
  • what would make your network a 'WOW'?

CFLF WOW includes some of the following:

  • Highlighting young-people's employment and societal issues to politicians and the like
  • Sharing Best Practice
  • Recognition of their skills and support for others
  • Highlighting young people in Cumbria's keenness to learn and develop
  • A Knowledge Centre for collating and sharing experiences
  • Sharing the BIG VISION for Cumbria
  • Shaping the Future Vision for Cumbria

More details to follow about the theme, date and venue of our next forum event. If you would like to get more involved, become part of the steering group or have any ideas and suggestions we would love to hear from you.

Cumbria Future Leaders Forum May 3, 2018
Cumbria Future Leaders Forum on May 3, 2018

Tuesday May 1, 2018

Do YOU want to make a difference? Have your voice heard? Influence the way employers engage young people?

Do YOU want to help yourself and other young people like you grow your confidence, build your skills, get involved in interesting projects and have fun doing it?

Do YOU want to be part of a network of talented young Cumbrians?

Then the Future Leaders' Forum is for you!

The Centre for Leadership Performance is inviting YOU to the first ever meeting of the Future Leaders' Forum (the first thing we do will be to come up with a new name!) Come to the National College for Nuclear at 4pm on the 3rd May.

We are getting together as many past and future Dream Placement applicants as possible.

We'll get a tour of the brand new facility at National College for Nuclear including laboratory classrooms and the state of the art virtual learning / AI facility.

We'll give YOU our ideas for the forum and YOU can talk about your ideas on what YOU want. Together, we'll plan a great calendar of events. YOU decide who'll lead the forum. This is a great opportunity to be involved in the leadership of the forum — a great development opportunity!

We see it as a forum for young Cumbrians that is led and run by young Cumbrians with the support of CfLP — Your forum, run by YOU, for YOU!

Please let us know if you are able to attend by emailing

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Tuesday April 17, 2018

The first Cumbria Future Leaders' Forum event is to be held on May 3, between 4 and 6pm, at the National College for Nuclear (at Lakes College, Lillyhall, CA14 4JN).

The forum will connect young people and employers, allowing them to develop and share opportunities and forge ongoing links and relationships. We are committed to making this an active network which will help identify and maximise the career opportunities available to young people in the county. We see the CFLF as a self-managed semi-formal group to allow Dream Placement Alumni to share their ideas, develop skills and accelerate their careers through social media and face to face events and activities.

The aim of this first event is to give you the chance to shape what the forum will look like, share and develop ideas on what the forum will provide and how it will work. Andrew Bernard (Bernie), Director of Innovative Enterprise (whom you will know from Dream Placement events) will facilitate the interactive discussion.

Please let us know if you are able to attend by emailing us here.

The Cumbria Future Leaders' Forum LinkedIn group is now active and if you haven't joined yet please do. If you've not yet created your LinkedIn profile, now is a good opportunity to do so! Simply visit

Accelerate your career with the Cumbria Future Leaders' Forum.

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Thursday April 12, 2018

Please see this interesting blog from the National Careers Week website. It includes articles about graduate and post-graduate options as well as advice on following a number of different career paths.

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Tuesday April 10, 2018

Far & Wild Travel Far & Wild Travel is a travel company based in the beautiful Edenhall estate, near Penrith. They are offering a 2 month internship to someone who is interested in the travel industry, either for gaining experience, or for seeing if it is something for them. Even if you are not interested in the travel industry, this will also give you valuable transferrable skills in business, marketing, management, sales, customer service etc.

You could start as soon as your last exam finishes and be done before the end of the summer hols or before uni/work/apprenticeships start. If you are choosing a gap-year, you could get involved later in the year.

If you live out on the west coast or along the A66, there is the possibility of transport too.

Email: Hello@FarAndWild.Travel


Here's a short article written by our last intern, who's just departed, about the kind of work she got involved with.

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Tuesday March 13, 2018

As highlighted below Innovia is holding a Women at Work Day taking place on Wednesday April 4 in order to promote industry as a career choice; in particular to females who are under-represented in parts of our business such as manufacturing and engineering. At Innovia we always have more applicants for works experience than we can accommodate so the event will also provide an opportunity for such students to experience a 'taster' of what careers in industry have to offer. The event is open to:

  • Both male and female students
  • In years 10 to 13

The event for students runs from 09:45 – 12:15 and includes the opportunity to:

  • Tour our world-class Wigton facilities (Manufacturing Plant or Research & Development)
  • Choose two half hour interactive break-out sessions – hear and see what makes industry a great career choice
  • Hear a short inspirational speaker talk about their career journey

The intention is that students will make their way to and from our R&D centre, however, if there are a large number of students from a particular establishment, we are happy to discuss providing transport.

I hope that the morning of the April 4 at Innovia will be of real interest, as well as an encouragement in their studies, for anyone who has an interest in a career in industry. I also hope that it will spark the imagination of both males and females who have not considered a career in industry or are unaware of the world-class businesses in Cumbria, of which Innovia is proud to be one.

Kind regards.

Ian Hill
People Development Manager
Innovia Films

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Tuesday March 13, 2018

United Utilities have just launched their Apprenticeship Recruitment Campaign for 2018 and have a number of opportunities available for roles in Cumbria across various parts of our business.

This may be of interest to Partnership Organisations – friends, families or colleagues – and is a great opportunity to help people into hopefully what will be a highly-rewarding role and future career with a FTSE100 company.

The company can't wait for a new intake of apprentices, to help them develop a career within the water industry.

They're proud to say that an apprenticeship with them is more than just a job, its fantaastic opportunities for training, development and being part of the @UnitedUtilities family.

Click here to find out more.

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