Autocad Technician/Office junior



Job description

CM Oxendale Ltd are looking for an  entry level AutoCAD Technician required for our Mechanical/plumbing/heating company based in Blackburn, Lancashire £12-£25K depending on experience. The company has recently been shortlisted for a number of small business and construction company awards and have seen steady growth in the past 7 years, with ambition for expansion of our current client base.

We are a small business working on the design, installation, service and maintenance of mechanical services generally within the north west region. We require an AutoCAD Technician to produce detailed drawings for plumbing, heating, air conditioning, ventilation and electrical works. You will also assist with designs and heat load calculations, also assisting generally in the office with estimating and contract management, including production of O&M Manuals, AS FITTED Drawings and collating of information.

Previous experience and knowledge of air conditioning / ventilation systems is an advantage for this role. You must have excellent written and verbal skills, be fully IT literate and are currently training or already hold relevant qualifications for AutoCAD.

Candidates should be self-motivated, personable and confident, possessing excellent customer focus. You will be a team player and be prepared to occasionally work extended hours if required during busy periods. Self-organised and the ability to work independently is essential.

The contract will be a 4 month temporary contract initially, with opportunity of a permanent position for the right candidate, dependent on workload.

Standard Hours are 39 per work working Monday to Friday 8am – 4.30pm, finishing at 3.30pm on Fridays.

Age UK Blackburn With Darwen



We have a vacancy for an Administration placement. I have attached the role and what the placement can expect to do whilst they are placed with us.

There is an application process and 2 references will be asked for. A referral form must be completed by the students Tutor.


So if anyone is looking for a placement that is approximately 10am – 4pm, at least 3 days a week,  work in a high profile local charity,  wants to develop good administration and office experience, learn to work as part of a team and help local older people  – then get in touch!

Linda Guise 01254 266620 or email



ROLE:                                                    Admin/Reception          


SERVICE AREA:                                  Administration


SITE:                                                      4 King Street


LINE MANAGER:                               Admin Officer


SENIOR/SERVICE MANAGER:      Business Support Manager


Role Purpose

To provide administrative and clerical support, in a fast paced office environment, to a variety of service managers, staff and volunteers working in and from the organisation’s head office.  Placements may be involved in some or all of the tasks outlined below.




Role Specific


  1. Answering the telephone, logging calls, taking messages and directing callers to the relevant department
  2. Dealing with enquiries at the reception window
  3. Assisting Administrative staff in the provision of an efficient and effective service to both staff and service users
  4. Undertaking general clerical duties such as;
  • Data inputting
  • Record keeping
  • Collating
  • Word processing
  • Photocopying
  • Filing
  • Outgoing mail
  • Occasional errands in the town centre e.g. post office


  1. Comply with Age UK Blackburn with Darwen policies at all times, especially those regarding Health & Safety, Safeguarding, Equality and Diversity and Confidentiality
  2. Undertake required mandatory and other training necessary for the role and tocomply with current legislation
  3. Participate in a placement feedback survey
  4. Participate in Age UK Blackburn with Darwen’s fundraising activities. However, we do realise that some people may be uncomfortable in undertaking fundraising activities direct with the public, and participation in this type of activity will most certainly not be compulsory



All placements are required to attend initial and refresher health and safety and safeguarding training. All placements receive ongoing support from their line manager.

Coaching Opportunities

Glover’s Swim School have a number of Coaching roles available across Lancashire.

They require instructors who are qualified with either the Amateur Swimming Association or The Swimming Teachers Association for paid roles.

Alternatively, if anyone is looking to gain experience on a voluntary basis, Glover’s would be more than happy for them to assist while gaining experience and guidance alongside their senior teachers.

For more information please email Thomas Glover.

Linked In

Here I’d like to explore the use of social media in more depth, in particular LinkedIn. 

With 259 million registered users worldwide – 13 million of them in the UK alone – and two new members joining every second, the professional networking site has become a vital tool for any graduate looking to advance their career in the City.

Students and recent graduates are now LinkedIn’s fastest-growing demographic – unsurprising in today’s intensely competitive job market.

The crucial thing to remember about a LinkedIn profile is that it’s an active document rather than an online CV – so be sure to take full advantage of all that it offers.

Start with your photo – you will need a professional looking head and shoulders shot, ideally smiling so others will see you as an approachable individual.  Make it appropriate to the industry you’re looking to join – smart attire will help convey a professional image.

Next, spend time optimising your profile with your key information.  Ensure that like your paper CV, you have filled in your past work history.  Use key words that highlight your skills and achievements – think of the most likely terms or phrases someone searching to recruit for a role in your chosen industry might use.  Be sure to include an attention-grabbing headline – not just a job title – that also contains these key words and be specific about what you can offer an employer .  If you’re a graduate who is yet to secure your first professional position, consider using words like ‘aspiring’ or ‘ambitious’.  Ensure you make yourself accessible – add in your email address and possibly even your telephone number – to make it as easy as possible for people to contact you.

As I’ve said, take advantage of the fact that LinkedIn is interactive and be sure to engage with your network on a regular basis.  The site allows you to add videos, images and links to your profile so if you have written an interesting report or article, be sure to upload it.  Likewise, if there’s a topic in the media that’s relevant to the industry you’re targeting, share the link on your profile with an informed comment.  If you’re looking for a new position, why not add your CV as a file so that employers can access it easily?

One of the key features of LinkedIn is the Group function.  This allows you to follow companies you’re interested in and who may be interested in you.  Graduates should research the graduate recruiters or industry bodies operating within their chosen industry and be sure to connect with them.   As with your profile, engaging with Groups on a regular basis is a great way to get yourself noticed and flag up your knowledge and expertise, so participate in discussions where possible.

Another interactive feature of LinkedIn is Recommendations – if people have taken the time to provide you with a recommendation, take the time to return the favour.  Think of people you may have worked with in the past who could provide a recommendation for you and invite them (politely!) to do so.

When it comes to expanding your LinkedIn network, cast your net wide.  Invite everyone you know to connect with you – current colleagues, past colleagues, college tutors, friends and any other decision makers and influencers you may meet in your professional life.  If you don’t know the person well, be sure to tailor your connect message specifically – you can do this by going onto the contact’s own page first.  Lastly, keep tabs on who has checked your profile – you can see limited details with a free account or upgrade to access the complete information.  And if you don’t want to appear a stalker, don’t forget you can adjust your privacy settings so that you can view people anonymously.

Whilst fully engaging with LinkedIn can take time and effort, it’s worth the investment – I guarantee you’ll soon see the dividends.

David Press, CEO, Proceed

Job application video tips

Have you been asked to submit a video as part of a job application? Read on for our top tips to help you create a winning video. Note this is different to a video interview. If you’re looking for tips on video interviews, see this post from an employer and this post with our tips.

Many employers now ask applicants to submit a video as part of the recruitment process.  We are aware of companies from all sorts of sectors doing so, ranging from perhaps the more obvious (PR, Marketing, Media) to the less so (including Estate Agents, Cosmetics and FMCG brands), to the downright unusual (e.g. First Choice’s Water Slide Tester recruitment, which a Leeds student eventually landed, helped by this video entry).

You may be given specific instructions about what is expected from your video, or you may simply be asked to produce a brief video outlining why you should be considered, or perhaps addressing a couple of specific questions.  The tips below will help you whatever the format.


First think about why they might have asked you to produce a video. Are they likely to be looking at your technical video-making skills, your creativity or ability to engage an audience, or do they simply want to check out your interpersonal or communication skills?


Consider the role, the industry, the company, their values and culture. For some roles you will be able to push the envelope a bit more in terms of creativity and humour (e.g. like in the First Choice example above), whereas for others, it might need to be more conservative


Make sure you provide what they ask for – as with any part of an application process, always try and relate what you are saying back to the job in question. As well as following any specific instructions for the video, refer back to the person specification and job description to see if there are ways you can demonstrate requisite skills or attributes in your video.


Treat it as a performance. Submitting a video is a great way for you to demonstrate your enthusiasm for the post – make the most of it. The benefit of a video over a written application is that you can show how you feel about the role through non-verbal communication as well as what you’re actually saying.  As with any form of performance you almost need to over-act to convey a real sense of enthusiasm; though probably not to the extent of a kids’ TV presenter (unless of course that is the job you are going for!).


Even 2 minutes of one person talking straight to camera can get dull really quickly.  Put some variety into your video; for example filming in different locations, involving other people, or consider other ways of breaking it up. Pictures, other clips and text are all quite simple ways of varying your video and will help keep the viewer’s attention.


Both Windows and Mac have basic video editing functionality as standard on new machines. There are also lots of free video editing software available online and even YouTube provides basic editing functionality.

Get feedback

Ask friends or family (or anyone else) who has not been involved in the making of the video to watch it and give an honest opinion about it.  It might be helpful to ask them to look out for the above points in particular, as well as giving them a copy of the job description and any specific requirements for the video.