With modern technology and other tools, it’s never been easier to find a placement. There are literally thousands of placements out there. Here are some top methods of finding these worker

Search enginesWith the internet you’ve got a massive database of placements in your own room/lap. Go on to Google and type in, for example, “Accountancy Placements” or “Engineering Placements” and you’ll literally have thousands of results for places all around the world. There are even specialised sites…

Specialised websites

Specialised sites such as or will do all the hard work for you when searching for a placement. You can narrow down searches to your location or specialised area and it will show a list of available placements matching your criteria. Simple!

University careers service

You probably know this but your university will do anything to help you further with your future career. This is the same with work placements. Go to your careers advisor or anyone who deals with work placements in your university and ask them to help you sort it out. There’s no doubt they’ll have a database of placements and they’ll endeavour to get you on what you’re looking for.

Contacting an organisation

Find the companies contact details from their website or other means and email them. If email doesn’t work, ring them. In fact we recommend ringing them as this will get you connected with them straight away and there’s no delay in waiting for a reply. Try going into their building in person. It shows initiative and confidence and helps you sell yourself more.

Contact several companies at once

Don’t just set your sights on one company. They may take a long time to get back to you whereas others may literally reply within the hour. It’s good to spread things out so you have a better scope and chance of obtaining a placement.

Newspaper, magazines and books

Whilst the majority of our modern life is dominated by technology, there’s nothing wrong with the good old yellow pages, newspaper or magazine. Search through these and find areas related to what you want. You might find placements being advertised in front of your eyes or just a company that interests you. Whatever it is just contact, contact, and contact.

Part Time Job Opportunity

Project Name: Steer Clear
Job Title: Project Officer
Location: Inter Madrassah Office, Blackburn
Salary: £16,354 per annum (pro rata)
Hours: 20 hours per week – for 2 years subject to funding

Inter Madrassah Organisation (based in Blackburn) is a registered local charity which delivers a range of projects each year in the Borough of Blackburn with Darwen, mainly for young people. These range from sports, recreation, health awareness, education and employability.

We are recruiting for a project officer on our current project ‘Steer Clear’ funded by Children in Need. This is a neighbourhood based health awareness and early intervention programme to alert local young people about the dangers of alcohol, smoking and drugs misuse and to provide positive, diversionary activities.

The successful candidate may be offered additional hours to work on other projects managed by IMO, subject to their suitability and the availability of funding.

To apply please send your CV with a personal statement (total max of 4pages) of why you believe you are suitable for this role?
By email to

Closing Date: Friday 6th February 2015 at 5.00pm
Interview Date: Week Commencing 9th February 2015

For further details on this project or for job and person specification please Contact:

Bob McDonald, Operational Manager
Inter Madrassah Organisation,
Business Development Centre, Eanam Wharf, Blackburn BB1 5BL
Tel: 01254 503200 Email:

Don’t Stay In – Placement Opportunities

General overview…


Now established for over 10 years and also part owned by Mixmag and The Guardian Group, Don’t Stay In is one of Europes most recognised going out guides.


For over 10 years Don’t Stay In was mostly recognised as a social network. Think ‘Facebook for clubbers’. Check out this article published on Tech Crunch back in 2008 which states DSI could well be one of the biggest social networks people have never heard of! At it’s peak, the site was attracting over 50 million page impressions per month!


As a result of the rise in competition from the likes of Facebook, Twitter and other social networks, a conscious decision was made to hatch new plans, with the view to reposition the brand as a ‘Nightlife discovery’ service, moving away from ‘social networking’ .


A new product roadmap includes an updated website, the launch of the first ever Don’t Stay In mobile app and new and innovative technologies which will provide hyper personalised recommendations on where is good to go out, any place, any time!


Don’t Stay In are now working through the technical roadmap and will continue to evolve throughout 2015.



Project overview…


As part of the new technical roadmap, there is one piece of technology in particular that will help to differentiate Don’t Stay In’s brand from the competition. This is a highly innovative concept and will assist in providing our ‘hyper personalised’ recommendations for our users.


Social Feed prototype


Through access via an API, we wish to mine data from existing social networks, including Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.


The basic concept here is to provide a curated feed of relevant social media content, such as images, videos, statuses and tweets. The content will feed directly into the Don’t Stay In app and will be filtered based on the users location, personal tastes and the Don’t Stay In database of venues and events.


This feed will provide highly engaging content for the user, allowing them to see latest tweets, pics and videos from events and venues close by. This info can then be used for the user to make decisions on where they wish to go next. Imagine seeing a pic come through of one of your friends, who unbeknown to you may be in the bar next door!


This feed will also allow us to map additional information about a venue against the content. E.g. Someone may upload a picture of them and their friends in the bar next door. Our technology would then check if that bar has any events on that evening and would highlight that alongside the picture that has been uploaded. This will be a great way for uses to get a ‘feel’ for the social scene around them at any given time.


In addition to the above, we are also interested to establish sentiment and density of activity relating to any given venue or event. This allows us to make assumptions that X venue is busier than Y venue because more people are tweeting, posting and uploading content relating to that venue. Imaging a Hypometer which gives you local insights, not just into which venues may be relevant, but also which venues are busy ‘right now’.


The task…


We are looking for a group of students to take on the initial planning, development, deployment and testing of a ‘social feed’ prototype. The objective of the project is to establish any challenges (logistically, financially and technically), then brainstorm any other ideas relevant to the product concept, agree a ‘first phase’ prototype, build it, deploy it, test it and then provide a synopsis.


Done effectively, the outcome of the project will allow us to establish the viability, potential costs and any unknown challenges relating to the product idea. The prototype will also make up part of a new investment pitch and will be highly influential in the decision making of new potential investors.


How will this work?


We are looking to form a dedicated team of students. Each candidate will contribute relevant skills, including management, marketing, web / app development and design.


The team will work closely alongside the Don’t Stay In management team, both on and off site, to plan, develop and deploy the prototype product.


Experience will be gain in project management, product development, design and business.


Potential employment


Don’t Stay In are always looking to add new talent to our team and in addition to the work experience you will gain, we will also be utilising this project to find and recruit new staff. Roles within the technical, design and management team are available and equal opportunity will be given to students involved in this project.

Total Soccer Centre

Total Soccer Centres are looking to employ coaches to work in the Preston area. Roles would include running training sessions and coaching teams within structured leagues.

Successful candidates may also be invited to work on holiday schemes programmes which run across various sites in the area. Coaches will possess the following qualities:


  • Outgoing personality with a passion for football
  • Fantastic personal skillsStrong time-keeping and organisation
  • Experience of working in grassroots football
  • Outstanding professional appearance
  • FA qualified to either level 1, 2 or 3


  • Own transportation
  • Experience of delivering 6 week schemes of work
  • Committed to improving standards
  • Experience in promotion and marketing
  • Good planning skills
  • Driving licence

Interviews will be held at Myerscough College, Preston, and may involve running a session. Rates of pay depend on qualifications and experience. A travel allowance will also be granted for any coach travelling more than 10 miles to the venue.

For an application form please email Michael O’Neill.

Total soccer centres are a successful sports based organisation that delivers to around 250 children per weekend. In addition to weekly sessions we also run after school clubs, holiday schemes, PPA cover in primary schools and run grassroots tournaments.

A number of previous coaches have gone on to secure work within professional clubs. In addition, around 5 players per season are scouted and signed from our weekly sessions.