In order to provide maternity leave cover, a temporary vacancy has arisen for an Assistant Colour Specialist to work within the Colour Service, part of the Marketing Department in Crown House, Darwen. Reporting to the Acting Colour Specialist, the prime purpose of the role is to assist in developing and delivering colour solutions and schemes on behalf of our various Trade sales teams, who work with professional customers. Specific responsibilities will include:


  • Providing generic and bespoke colour solutions in the form of colour cards, digital visualisations and mood boards, appropriate to various market sectors; education, healthcare, commercial and housing.
  • Taking client briefs, predominantly via the sales teams, but also directly from clients and responding to those briefs with recommendations in the appropriate format
  • Maintenance of equipment required for the role and continual review of IT requirements to ensure that the highest quality of finished schemes is delivered
  • Providing support to the Trade Marketing team on various projects


You will need to demonstrate:


  • Creative and colour specifying skills and experience, together with a good understanding and working knowledge of colour aesthetics, interior and graphic design
  • The ability to work on own initiative, sometimes unsupervised, and to maintain and report accurate records of colour schemes produced
  • The ability to work closely with the Brand Marketing, Specification and Sector Support teams to ensure projects and tasks are delivered on time.
  • Effective inter-personal and presentation skills in communicating with other internal departments, the Design Studio, the sales teams and, on occasions, directly with clients


Ideally you should have a design-related degree or at minimum a pre-degree qualification such as Foundation Diploma in Art & Design. However, a strong creative flair, coupled with an eagerness to learn are equally as important. Applicants must be conversant with standard Windows Office programmes (Outlook, PowerPoint and Word) and Apple Mac software packages such as Photoshop & Illustrator.  Experience of AVA Cad Cam is ideal but not essential, as is experience using 3D visualisation software programmes such as 3D Studio Max.


This temporary position is available from April 2015 and we currently expect it to last for between 4 and 5 months. Hours of work are 8.30 to 5.00, Monday to Friday.


If you would like to be considered for this vacancy, please apply in writing, stating in detail why you think you would be successful in this role.  Please submit your CV and covering letter to:



Standards Policy Intern – 3 month Internship

All times are in Western European Time.
Training / Education
Contract Type
Fixed Term Full-Time
Closing Date


More information about this job:

Do you believe the world deserves excellence?


BSI (British Standards Institution) is the business standards company that equips businesses with the necessary solutions to turn standards of best practice into habits of excellence. Renowned for its marks of excellence including the consumer recognized BSI Kitemark, BSI’s influence spans multiple sectors including Aerospace, Automotive, Built Environment, Food, Healthcare and ICT. With over 72,000 clients in 150 countries, BSI is an organization whose standards inspire excellence across the globe.


The Standards Policy Department at BSI is the focus for the formation of policy for BSI’s National Standards Body (NSB) functions and is responsible for developing and maintaining effective relationships with other national, European and international standards bodies (including ISO, IEC, CEN and CENELEC) and UK Government in order to enhance the UK’s profile and influence, and advance the interests of BSI.


Within the Standards Policy Department sit the Consumer & Public Interest and Education Teams. The Consumer & Public Interest team works with consumers and consumer and other public interest organizations to ensure their appropriate influence and involvement in standardization.


The Education team is focused on teaching standards and standardization across the UK education sector, developing support material for universities, colleges and schools and linking industry and academia through standardisation.

About the Role:

As the leading business standards company, at BSI we help organisations make excellence a habit – worldwide. We currently have exciting internship opportunities to ensure that you get an excellent start to your career!


Most of your time will be working on your own discrete project in one of these areas. You will be given the opportunity to work independently and as part of a team, putting your theoretical knowledge of research and planning techniques into practice in a real business context and using your analytical skills to evaluate data, then communicate outcomes with clarity in oral presentation and by report.

About You:

To be successful in this role you will be self-motivated with a high level of initiative and capable of working under pressure with excellent time management skills and professionalism, be a good team player, have great attention to detail, excellent communication skills, and be in your final year of study. A knowledge and preferably some experience of standards and standardisation will be a definite advantage.

Case Study

How I got my job: Trainee Patent Attorney

Jenny Smith

Jenny Smith is a final year PhD student, studying Medical and Biological Engineering, and has just secured a training contract with Urquhart-Dykes and Lord LLP, at their Leeds office. In this post she outlines how she found out about the profession and secured her role

Career inspiration

With a year to go of my PhD, I started investigating new career paths, after deciding continuing in research and academia wasn’t for me. I attended a University of Leeds Careers Centre conference, ‘Gown to Town: Alternatives to an academic career’, and whilst there heard a talk by a patent attorney – the job description seemed to tick every box, including science, writing, client interaction, some travel and what seems to be a good work-life balance (once you’ve passed the exams!).

In the November of my final year, I attended a patent firm’s Open Day. Not all firms offer events like this, but if you get the chance to go on one, I would definitely recommend it. In one day you experience what a patent office is like, meet staff, and attend talks and interactive sessions. Although my interview was with a different firm, it was really useful to be able to talk about the day and show some more first-hand knowledge that I wouldn’t have been able to mention otherwise.

Making applications

Lots of big firms have deadlines in December & January for positions starting the following September, so it’s important to get organised early. I researched the role online as much as I could and wrote a first draft CV. I then took this to the careers centre for a drop-in appointment and got really useful feedback. I was also given the Inside Careers Handbook for Patent Attorneys; this was incredibly helpful, providing great tips and advice. I read lots of company websites – especially the People Profile sections – these are really helpful for info on why people chose their career and what they like about the job. In one week I went back and forth to the Careers Centre three times with different drafts of my CV and a cover letter until I was happy with them, in addition to asking advice from friends and family.

Being found on LinkedIn

I applied to the firm whose Open Day I had attended, but didn’t get through to interview. I was busy writing more cover letters for other advertised roles, when I was contacted by a recruiter through my LinkedIn profile. I had followed some Intellectual Property firms and had a fully updated profile, but nothing explicitly stating I was applying for jobs in the field. The recruiters asked for my CV – so I was relieved I had a fully updated, patent attorney focused, one to hand. A month later, I had completed my first interview and was being called back for a second! It seemed to have all happened very quickly.

Interview support, networking and securing the role

To prepare for my interview I arranged to have a mock interview with the Careers Centre. This was great; I was able to pass on the job details so the interviewer had researched the role and asked very relevant questions, he also made notes which we went through afterwards and I was able to keep. The process helped me understand what parts of my answers had stood out and where I needed stronger answers. The mock interview gave me a huge confidence boost and certainly helped me feel more relaxed in the real thing.

Having got through the first interview, I had to do a written task for the company over the weekend. I spoke to my supervisor, who put me in touch with one of her contacts, and I also got in touch with a friend’s brother who is a trainee patent attorney – make sure you ask around, you’ll be surprised what contacts are available to you. Both of the people I contacted gave me some great interview tips and pointed me in the right direction with the written task. I fully threw myself into the assessment and really enjoyed it, which I think came through in my work. As the task was related to the role, it was great to see that I was still enthusiastic about the job having completed it!

The second interview involved meeting two of UDL’s employees for coffee and an informal chat, then I went back into the interview room to discuss my assessed work and go through in more detail why I was interested in the role and where I saw myself in the future.

I can’t wait to start my new role in October, and it’s given me even more motivation to have finished writing up my PhD on time!

There is an industry talk about a career as a patent attorney today (11th March) at 10am in the Careers Centre.  Details are here

If you would like to find out more about a career as a Patent Attorney, take a look at this post. Remember we are here to help you whatever your next steps; whether you have no ideas, or need help fine-tuning applications or interviews, talk to us to find out how we can help you.

Cycle Roots – Business / Marketing / Engineering

Volunteer request @ UCBC

cycle roots



First of all we would just like to introduce ourselves – we are Cycle Roots a new not for profit Community Interest Company (CIC), who recycle bicycles, set up by three UCBC graduates.

We are based at Unit K on Glenfield Park, Phillips Road, Blackburn and recycle unwanted/unused bicycles by reconditioning them and up-cycling the broken or unusable old parts.  We also provide outreach projects and services in the local community, Bikeability training, and are currently in the discussion stage of opening a shop in Blackburn town centre.

We began trading on 9th Feb 2015, and are currently looking for a variety of creative, enthusiastic and idea driven students to get involved in the project. This could either be through WBL hours or as a general volunteer.

Presently, the volunteering positions available are:

Up-cycling – Creating bespoke pieces using old bicycle parts on a commission paid basis

Design, Marketing and Promotion – Helping us to create an image and company presence both locally and online

Bicycle mechanics – Gain workshop experience including elements of shop floor management and refurbishing bicycles

Office and administration – Insight into the day to day running of our business, implementing/integrating/streamlining operational systems

We are also open to ideas for any other positions within Cycle Roots CIC.

It’s a really exciting time for Cycle Roots at the minute, and we really want students to get involved with us.  So if you feel like this is anything that your students maybe interested in please would you circulate this email around to your students.

If you would like to discuss any opportunities further or for more information, we can be contacted via email: Or you can phone either Paul, Emma or Rebecca on 07796952384 or 07479968319.

We look forward to hearing from you!



Job Description

AutoCAD/Design student/graduate

  • Part-time, probably around 2 days a week, but this could be fit in around studies or other commitments


  • Experience of the AutoDesk suite of products is essential, specifically we’d need them to be proficient in AutoCAD, Inventor and 3DS Max


  • Practical experience in industry would be great but not essential as we do like to try to train people ourselves.  The right person would do a certain amount of design work to assist the M.D, but to begin with they’d be concentrating on providing detailed drawings and renders to accompany customer quotations


  • Salary would be negotiable depending on the candidate etc


To Apply please email an up to date CV and Covering letter to:

Ask an Expert: D’oh! How NOT to get hired

Not long ago I put an ad on here for a company looking to hire an assistant.

The job entailed interesting things like marketing, promotion, and writing, and mundane things like keeping Steve organized. Knowing that money talks, I listed a fee that I thought would attract qualified, smart people.

Here then is an employers tips on how NOT to apply for a job:

1. Have typos in your e-mail or cover letter: As in the letter above misspelling the word “organization,” typos and misspellings are clear signals that the person writing the e-mail is either lazy or dim, and neither is an attractive attribute.

Slow down. Double check. Spell check. Yes, we are in the era of “hurry up,” and yes, e-mails lends themselves to dashing off a note, but don’t. E-mail is how you make your first impression these days, so be sure it is a good one.

2. Start your e-mail with “Hey!” I could not believe how many young people apparently think this is an acceptable introduction. Hint: If you are applying for a job in a business, even in this era of the casual workspace, business owners whom you have never met are not your pal. They are your potential employer. Friendly is good, sloppy casualness is not.

3. Send a form letter: Another surprise. Not a few applicants sent me a letter that almost had no connection to the job I posted; clearly just a form letter being sent to the next application.

But the woman I hired for the job, and the few others whom I interviewed, sent me a cover e-mail or letter that was engaging, specific to the job, witty, and/or different. They read my listing, thought about it, and sent an e-mail that impressed.

4. Be boring. With 250 applicants, I had little choice but to make the first cut quickly. I read the e-mail and, unless it grabbed me for some reason, deleted it and moved on. I doubt I am unlike other small business owners in that regard.

5. Make it about you, not them: How many times did I read something like this: “This job is a great fit for me because I want to expand my writing and learn more about business.”? Too many. When a potential employer is looking at your application, they want to know what you can do for them and not the other way around.

MAKING SPACE – Support Worker

Salary up to £7.17 per hour We offer a comprehensive benefits package

Part Time


Part time permanent position 30hrs per week – 3 positions available

To cover the East Lancashire area

Covering the East Lancashire area you will deliver a professional service by providing support and care for service users. You will assist and aid service users to maximise their independence as part of a structured programme of care and support. With the ability to manage conflicting priorities The successful post holder will demonstrate the ‘Six Cs’ – care, compassion, competence, communication, courage and commitment and will be supported to undertake a Diploma Level III in Health and Social Care.

For an application pack, please visit telephone 01925 581763

Please note that CVs are not accepted.

Closing date: 3 March 2015

All posts are subject to an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service Disclosure Certificate.

Making Space is an equal opportunities employer who values and embraces diversity.

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