Just prior to Easter we held a meeting with a number of students to inform them that the Student Union will be embedding the Enterprise Club in their Societies offer for the 2015/16 academic year.


We are looking for students who will be here next year to form a committee please can you email if you would be interested in having a role on the enterprise club committee.


Roles typically would be:



Marketing/Promotions Director

Social Media Director

Finance Director

Events Director


Please can you email me  if you are interested in one of these roles and I can meet those who are interested to discuss?




Attached are details of a Crowd Funding Event so if you are interested in raising some cash for your business idea it may be something you might wish to be involved with. If you want to take part in this event contact Rachel Gilkes

Volunteering Opportunity


big eat

The Big Lunch, an Eden Project national initiative, intended to bring people together through food.


This community event will feature workshops, crafts, children’s entertainment, live music and food and the theme for this event is Sustainability, and includes crafts and art being created from recycled materials and food being prepared that would have otherwise gone to waste, by Chutney for Change.


Please circulate to your colleagues and students who might be interested in attending, either as a guest or as a volunteer.


We are looking for volunteers on the day in:

Catering & Hospitality


Hair & Beauty

Media, photography and video

Art & Crafts 


We are open to ideas and collaborations in the run-up to this event, so if you would like to get involved in any way, please get in touch.


Facebook page:




WEDNESDAY 22ND April 12 – 3pm

Come along and have a chat about exciting opportunities available for volunteers at



Are you good at presenting?

Are you confident?

Do you have a professional appearance AND ATTITUDE?

Are you good with i.t.?

Do you have your own transport?



Graduate Opportunity (Possibly consider current student)


PM+M is a vibrant and dynamic firm of Chartered Accountants and business advisers, with offices in Blackburn and Burnley, covering East Lancashire and beyond. We have ambitious growth plans and are looking for a great people to add to our team. We are also winner of the 2013 NWSCA Accountancy Firm of the Year award.
Opportunities have arisen to join us in numerous departments including accounts, audit, tax and wealth management.
We work with a wide range of exciting and interesting clients – principally owner managed businesses and corporates in the North West area. The roles would be ideal for enthusiastic individuals who wish to continue studying and carve out a career within the financial sector.

Our ideal person will:
 Be working towards, or have already attained, A-levels or a degree.
 Have good knowledge of recognised software applications (Word, Excel, Outlook).
 Be keen to play an active role in a dynamic team and willing to contribute to the success of the firm
 Be great at communicating with people at all levels – face to face and in writing
 Be positive and good at using your initiative
 Be willing and enthusiastic about learning
 Be ambitious and motivated
What we can offer you:
 An attractive package of remuneration packages with flexible benefits
 A working environment which allows you to thrive
 Support to continue professional development towards qualification in chosen subject area
 Internal support to develop knowledge
 Extensive mentoring alongside an annual personal development plan, regular performance reviews and post job reviews to ensure development is maintained and help you reach your full potential

What next:
 Send your CV to
 Give us a call on 01254 679131 and ask for Kirsty Wright or Linda Whalley
Accountancy firm of the year




WEDNESDAY 22ND April 12 – 3pm

Come along and have a chat about exciting opportunities available for volunteers at



Are you good at presenting?

Are you confident?

Do you have a professional appearance AND ATTITUDE?

Are you good with i.t.?

Do you have your own transport?




▌Job Description



Job title:      Assistant Site Manager


Reporting to:    Managing Director


Salary:               Work Experience (possibly leading to paid work)


Location:           Clayton le Moors



Purpose of the position



To be trained in the day to day operations of an established self-storage company and to assist the Managing Director in taking the company forward.



Key responsibilities & duties


To carry out market research and implement strategies with the aim to increase sales.



Duties of the role Time spent Competencies sought Must have or optional (can be trained)
Sales and Marketing 

Respond to enquiries – over the phone and face-to-face


70%  Previous experience in a sales driven environment an advantage. 

Communication skills including conflict resolution and friendly manner

 Miscellaneous admin duties and support business   20%  Good organisational skills and attention to detail 

Computer experience

Must have
 Data entry  10% Excel database skills Optional



Academic or trade qualifications

HND / Degree or Equivalent (Those working towards these qualifications will be considered)



Work experience and skills

Previous sales and management experience of storage space preferable.


Apply Here

Re – blogged from Careers Blog

Didn’t get the job – a new career plan needed?

We have blogged before about the reasons why you might not have got the job you expected. We’ve given you lots of tips on the mechanics of job applications and about decision making but what about career adaptability? It doesn’t just apply to those who have been in the workplace for a long time. As a new graduate you might need to be “career adaptable”. So how does it work?

Career adaptability is about how motivated you are to take action to improve your career prospects. The theory is, that if you are able to demonstrate certain behaviours (in a competency based way) then you might be more able to build your own career success. This could be important if you have met with initial disappointment and it is very likely indeed to be necessary when you progress further through your career and meet unexpected challenges both in the workplace and in your personal life. So, if things haven’t worked out yet or you wonder what your employment future might look like, read on!

What affects your career adaptability?

White clock with words Time to Adapt on its faceThere are some personality traits which will make it easier for you to demonstrate career adaptability both now and in the future. Here are some the qualities which will help you. If you are to be as career adaptable as possible you might need to work on developing or improving these.

Are you someone who wants to take control? This is one situation where it’s no bad thing to be good at taking decisions and on the “control freak” end of the spectrum! If you find it difficult to take control, try setting yourself small and achievable targets. You will probably find that it gradually gets easier.

Can you be flexible too? Perhaps the career you initially thought of is not the one for you? You may need consciously to rethink. Rather than wallowing in self-pity, use your energy to re-plan and consider moving in a different direction.

It’s good to be proactive. If things aren’t working out as you thought, it might be better to redirect yourself than plough ahead with Plan A. Making a decision to change could be both brave and empowering. Sometimes changing course can be a real wrench (and friends and families can sometimes unwittingly make things worse), but often when you have taken some positive steps you’ll find you feel much better.

You’ll need to be willing to do the research to find out more about yourself and the relevant job market. This is particularly important if you are considering a new area you haven’t looked at before.

Making a plan

????????????????????????????????????????????????If you are to be able to demonstrate the strongest ability to be career adaptable you are going to need to put together a plan on how you might take action. Think about who might help you, and about where you might focus your activity. Critically add in some time frames for that action.

The next stage is to look at “the four “C”s”, the key competencies which determine whether or not you are career adaptable. Think about other situations when you will have displayed these competencies and try to apply this to your career planning.

1. Concern.

Concern relates to planning and being aware of the possible options which might be available to you. It’s also about how much your career matters to you. If you are “concerned” it implies being involved in your career. A lack of “concern” would lead to indifference about your own career future.

2. Control.

This is about your intra-personal skills. It has nothing to do with taking control over others!  It means the ability to be assertive, disciplined and to take decisions. You need to demonstrate the self efficacy to progress your own career, other people cannot do this for you.

3. Curiosity

As it “says on the tin” this is about wanting to find out what options are available. You should have developed your intellectual curiosity during your course and you can bring this curiosity to your career planning. Sometimes finding out about careers might be about being plain nosey! Ideally you will be experimenting, enquiring and even taking risks. Internships you have undertaken, and the experience you have gained from working, volunteering and through extra-curricular activity will all be relevant. If you are unable to display this curiosity you might find your career thinking is unrealistic and potentially doomed to failure.

4. Confidence.

You need to believe in yourself and demonstrate a positive attitude towards the job market and the future. If times are tough because you haven’t got the job you wanted, try reflecting back on all your past successes. This should help you to get a better sense of perspective and a more positive mindset. While confidence alone isn’t going to get you the job, not many employers will choose the person who manifestly doesn’t believe in his or her self. You need to be persistent and to adopt a problem solving approach. Don’t be too inhibited in what you are prepared to consider and to try. Remember the job market, and in particular the graduate job market, is improving. There are options!

Watch out for our next blog post for some practical advice on how you might make career adaptability work for you.


Bimrose, Jenny, Brown, Alan, Barnes, Sally-Anne and Hughes,

Deirdre (2011) The role of career adaptability in skills supply. Wath-upon-Dearne:

UKCES (UK Commission for Employment and Skills). (UKCES Evidence Report).

Age UK – Street Collections


On Saturday 6 June we have a licence to hold a street collection in both Blackburn and Darwen Town centres and across the Borough.  We are only granted ONE street collection licence a year so we need to maximise this to raise much needed funds to continue providing our services for older people.


As this is such a wide geographical area and we wish to make a real impact on the day we need as many volunteers as we can get to help; the more people that help the shorter the shifts will be!  As we are collecting in both Darwen and Blackburn, Audley range and Whalley range,  you will be able to help in the town nearest to home.


If you are able to help us for at least one hour on Saturday 6th June 2015 anytime between 9.00am and 6.00pm please would you contact Linda Guise or Elaine Jennings on 01254 266620 or email and put STREET COLLECTION in the subject heading.


If you have any friends/family aged 16 years+ who could accompany you and also help we would be really grateful.  If this is the case please could you please let us know when you confirm your attendance?


Remember this is YOUR local Charity for your older people!

Camp America

Vacancy Details

Employer Camp America
Job title Camp Counsellor
Closing date 24/04/2015
Job categories Leisure and Recreation Services
Paid / unpaid Paid
Salary $600-$1,200 depending on age/experience (food and accommodation covered for the whole time you’re working at camp)
Job description Your role as a Camp Counsellor is to help look after the children who attend the camp and make sure they have a great summer! You can be hired as an Activity Leader in an area that you have some experience in and teach that activity to all of the different children on camp. You could also be hired as a General Counsellor to take groups of children around the activities, join in with them and making it as fun as possible.

You will work long days but your days are guaranteed to be filled with amazing experiences that you wouldn’t get anywhere else. Time off will be built in to your schedule and this is set by your individual camp.

After you’ve finished working on camp you will have 30 days to stay and travel around the USA and get to see some of those amazing cities and landmarks that you’ve always wanted to see!

No prior skills/experience is necessarily needed but we’re looking for people who can work well with children and bring a fun, positive attitude to camp life.

How to apply To apply is very simply, register today and complete our online application form all about you! To access the form please click here

After you have completed the online application you’ll be required to attend a face to face interview with one of our local interviewers (we do have some in Leeds). Once your interview is completed and passed you will need to submit 2 references and complete a police background check (details and instructions will be given to you). We’ll then set your application live for camps to view/hire.

Location(s) Rest of world
Full-time/part-time Full-time
Permanent/Temporary Fixed-term
Duration: 2 – 3 months
Additional timing information: Apply ASAP as applications will close Early-Mid April
Start date between 1st May – 20th June 2015

Fire Engineer

Employer Hoare Lea
Job title Placement Fire Engineer – Manchester
Closing date Non stated, please apply asap.
Job categories Engineering
Paid / unpaid Paid
Salary Please contact the company
Job description We are looking for more great talent to join us next summer. If you would like to work on exciting projects whilst developing your knowledge and experience within the engineering sector, then we are interested to hear from you.Fire Safety Engineering is not a phrase that most of the population is familiar with, yet it is all around us and helps to shape the built environment within which people live, work and play every day. We are responsible in ensuring buildings are designed to best protect the people within them, through our expertise we aim to safeguard people and property without restricting architectural designs.

Our Fire Engineers have backgrounds from many diverse disciplines including metallurgy and building services engineering. Most of our Fire Engineers started as graduates, many with almost no prior knowledge of Fire Engineering and thanks to our training and mentoring programme, customised around your abilities, we are now the UK’s leading experts in Fire Engineering. We work closely with organisations such as the Society for Fire Protection (SFPE), Smoke Control Association and Institute of Fire Engineers.

What you can expect from us
•As a placement student with us you will experience life as an engineer and receive great exposure to a wide range of live projects.
•You will have the opportunity to work one to one with some of the industry’s leading experts in Fire Engineering.
•A combination of mentoring, support and commercial experience will help you gain the skills you need to develop your career.
•You’ll get the chance to make a valued contribution in delivering our projects, allowing you to quickly gain a variety of experience that will help you when you graduate.
•Our placement schemes are paid and typically last between 8 and 12 weeks. Many of our placement students return to us for a permanent position after graduating.

Person requirements What We Are Looking For
•A friendly, ambitious and confident individual with a flexible and resilient approach, as no day is the same at Hoare Lea.
•Excellent communication, analytical and organisational skills.
•Ability to work in a team environment as well as independently and to your own initiative.
Degree requirements A degree in Fire Engineering is not essential to become a Chartered Fire Engineer.•An expected 2.2 or above in an Engineering Council accredited degree or equivalent qualification (such as Building Services, Architectural and Environmental Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering) or Science based degree (such as Maths, Physics).
How to apply For further information and to apply,
Subject(s) Engineering – Industrial, Mechanical, Manufacturing
Mathematical Sciences
Physical Sciences
Location(s) North West England
Additional location details Manchester
Full-time/part-time Full-time
Permanent/Temporary Fixed-term
Start date Summer