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GCIL Professional Careers Graduate Traineeship Opportunities – Scotland

Are you a disabled graduate living in Scotland?

GCIL Equality Academy, in partnership with NHS Scotland and the Scottish Government, is launching its search for a further twenty-two disabled graduates to take part in this hugely successful graduate traineeship programme providing exciting employment opportunities across Scotland.

The closing date for applications is Tuesday 18th August 2017 and you can find out all the details here:

Posted on: 20th Jul 2017 - Part of: Careers, Disabled, General careers information, Graduate, Internships, Scotland

Recruitment Evenings – Child Protection Social Work

 Career Changer Network Evenings

Career changer or recent graduate looking for a new and rewarding career?

Find out more about Frontline’s social work programme in these networking evenings: London (8 and 16 August), Newcastle (10 August), Birmingham (15 August), Manchester (23 August), Leeds (23 August).

Sign up here:


Posted on: 14th Jul 2017 - Part of: Careers, Fairs and events, General careers information, Graduate, Internships, Social work, Work experience

It’s not too late to start a Postgraduate course this autumn!

Take a look here for details of over 230 postgraduate courses with spaces still available for students wishing to start in September 2017.

Posted on: 13th Jul 2017 - Part of: Careers, Funding, General careers information, Graduate, Postgraduate

Postgraduate news

There’s still time to apply for the £5000 Postgraduate Scholarship. The scholarship is open to UK, EU and international students with an unconditional offer of a place on a part-time or full-time postgraduate Masters by 1st September 2017.

Students simply need to register here and tick the Scholarship box to be entered. The scholarship will be allocated in a draw during October 2017.

Posted on: 13th Jul 2017 - Part of: Careers, Funding, General careers information, Graduate, Postgraduate

Work Readiness 2017

Join Manchester Digital for this event on November 15th! Work Readiness aims to inspire students to look ahead, seek the next opportunity and develop new skills to prepare for life in the workplace, as well as helping them to meet potential employers, discover the range of career options open to them and plan their future. It will also give businesses the chance to talk about the skills and qualities they look for when recruiting.

This one day event is open to students from across the North West who are eager to develop their workplace skills. There are 400 places available and tickets are free of charge. There are also a number of sponsorship opportunities; please contact to discuss these further. Find out more and register for the event here.

Posted on: 7th Jul 2017 - Part of: Business, Careers, Fairs and events, General careers information, Jobs

Don’t miss the Diversity Careers Show!

This free annual recruitment event is taking place in London on 10th November 2017. It focuses on ethnic minorities (BAME), female, LGTB and disability, and is a chance for employers looking to recruit to showcase their commitment to diversity.

 The Diversity Careers Show includes:

  •  careers advice
  • CV clinic
  • workshops and seminars
  • opportunity to meet employers
  • job boards

Register here for your free place.

Posted on: 5th Jul 2017 - Part of: Careers, Disabled, Fairs and events, General careers information, Recruitment

Bank of England – Disability Confident Insight Day Wednesday 12th July, 2.00pm – 5.00pm

Bank of England – Disability Confident Insight Day

Are you interested in banking? Do you have a disability/health issue?

The Bank of England is hosting a Disability Confident Insight Day on Wednesday 12th July

  • Gain insight into Bank of England
  • Gain tips on the recruitment process
  • Meet graduates and other Bank of England employees

300+ UCAS are required however, as stated on the website, mitigating circumstances will be taken into consideration.  If you do not have 300+ UCAS point however are on target for a 2.1 honours or above, your application will be welcome.

This event will be held at the Bank of England offices in Threadneedle Street, London

To apply for a place on this event please submit the application form which can be found at:

You may need to register on the My Plus Students’ Club site to apply, but registration is free and this is a great website for students with disabilities.

Posted on: 22nd Jun 2017 - Part of: Accountancy, Business, Careers, Disabled, Fairs and events, Financial, Management

Lab in a Lorry – Volunteers for 2017 tour – Wales

Lab in a Lorry is an interactive mobile laboratory, which gives young people (11–14 year olds) the opportunity to explore science through open-ended experiments.

Volunteers guide the students through the experiments (optoelectronics and medicine, sound and resonance, light scattering and colours) and make sure everyone gets to be involved through hands-on experience.

In return for volunteering you’ll have a rewarding and unforgettable experience, receive some IOP freebies and also be awarded affiliate membership to the Institute of Physics for a year.

2017 tour schedule                                              

Current no. of volunteers
North West 27th & 28th June Ysgol Ardudwy, Fford y Traeth, Harlech, Gwynedd, LL46 2UH. 4 / Full
South 10th – 12th July Ysgol Bae Baglan, Seaway Parade, Port Talbot, Neath, SA12 7BL. 0 / 0 / 3
South Week of 5th September TBC Register for updates
North East 12th – 14th September Ysgol Morgan Llwyd, Cefn Road, Wrexham, LL13 9NG. 0 / 0 / 0
South East 19th – 22nd September Chepstow School, Welsh Street, Chepstow, MP16 5LR. 0 / 0 / 0 / 0

Lab in a Lorry requires a minimum of 3 volunteers to run the experiments and can take a maximum of 6 people per day.

To find out more about what’s involved in volunteering for Lab in a Lorry visit the Lab in a Lorry website where you can also register as a volunteer to receive an information pack.

Posted on: 22nd Jun 2017 - Part of: General careers information, Science, Volunteering

Facebook chat: ‘Volunteering: Why, What and How?’ Thursday 29th June 1pm – 2pm

Join Careers and Employability Services and Open University Students Association for this special lunchtime Facebook chat session where we’ll be chatting about all-things volunteering… 

• Why volunteer? How it can boost your confidence, skills and job prospects

• What volunteer opportunities are available? From care and the environment, to mental health and business, there’s options out there for everyone

• How do you find and get volunteering? We’ll be sharing great resources to help you search and apply for opportunities, and share advice on generating your own experience 

Come along to ask your questions and share your ideas and experiences with other OU students.  

If you’re not available on the day feel free to post a question on the event wall in advance and we’ll answer it during the chat which you’ll be able to view afterwards. 

Access the chat here:


Posted on: 13th Jun 2017 - Part of: Volunteering

Quick Queries Careers Forum – 19th – 30th June 2017

The OU Careers and Employability Services are running a Quick Queries Careers Forum to support you in thinking about and planning your next careers steps.


The forum will run from Monday 19th to Friday 30th June 2017 and it’s your chance to: 

  • ask us questions about career ideas, work experience and future options;

  • share your own experience, tips and suggestions with other students; and

  • if you are not sure about which career path to take at this stage or feel uncertain of the best way forward then join us on the forum so we can support you in getting started.


Please join us by accessing the forum from the following link:


Careers and Employability Services

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