Tuesday, 22 May 2018

Apprenticeship opportunities at Cambridge University Press - important announcement...

New roles to be advertised in early June! A range of apprenticeship roles in different parts of the Cambridge University Press will be advertised soon. The application deadline will be the end of June and interviews will take place in July 2018. Exact details will be posted here as soon as they are confirmed so do check their website regularly for further information (http://www.cambridge.org/).

Where will the apprenticeships be based?
Apprenticeship opportunities are based in Cambridge within the following departments: Academic Publishing; Education Publishing; English Language Teaching Publishing; Customer Services; Data Management, and the Projects Office.

How does the application process work?
There is an online application, process followed by an open morning and an interview. The open morning will be a chance to find out more about Cambridge University Press before you arrive for your interview the same week. The closing date for online applications will be early July and the open morning and interviews will be held mid-July.

If my application is successful, when do I start?
Most of the roles will start in September. Two of the roles will need to start in August.

Are there any entry requirements?
Usually candidates will be educated to A Level or equivalent.

How long does an apprenticeship take to complete?
Apprenticeships typically take around 18 to 20 months, depending on the apprenticeship.

What qualifications will I receive during my apprenticeship?
The new Government apprenticeship standards are nationally recognised. Some of our apprenticeships will work towards the Business Administrator Level 3 standard and some will work towards the new Publishing Assistant apprenticeship Level 3 standard.

Individuals can expect to have ongoing discussions with their line manager, about future career goals and their potential within the organisation.

What will happen at the end of my apprenticeship?
Our apprentices are guaranteed a job, on completion of the apprenticeship. 

What will I be paid?
The starting salary for an entry level apprenticeship is c.£14,300. This rises mid-way through the apprenticeship based on performance, and again on completion of the apprenticeship, to c.£18,900.

Thursday, 17 May 2018

Many thanks to NAPP Pharmaceuticals

Science students on the Career Ready Programme had a wonderful opportunity to visit NAPP Pharmaceuticals of the Mundipharma Group on Tuesday. The photo is outside one of their iconic buildings, known to NAPP staff as, “The Toaster”! A tour of the premises revealed amazing insights into the stages involved in the production of slow-release medicine tablets and capsules, and students got to see a broad range of job roles with staff working all around them.  Quality Control demonstrations really highlighted the accuracy involved in producing goods needing high levels of precision, and students gained their first experience of clean-room environments, requiring careful attention to ensuring the workplace is kept as clean as possible – even down to wearing protective suits covering all shoes, clothes, hair and even ears and beards! 

Meeting a university student on industrial placement with NAPP allowed our students to speak to someone of a similar age and outlook, whilst a talk after the tour that looked at how to best prepare for a CV/interview
/Selection Day proved a real hit.  Feedback was very positive with one student commenting, “The master class was helpful because it helped me understand that I should put more about myself and personal achievements, than just educational qualifications, [in my CV.]”

Wednesday, 16 May 2018

Revision Club with Progress Coaches

With the LRC closed for exams can I draw all students attention to Revision Club.


If you need a quiet space with a computer to revise , this is the place for you!


No teachers, no set work, Just a quiet space for you and your friends to revise.


Times/rooms on poster below.


Come along, you may even learn something!