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BBC Blue Peter Olympic Tour are looking for volunteers!



Saturday 9 June at Levengrove Park, Dumbarton

Hitting the road in May 2012, the Blue Peter’s Olympic Tour is an exciting opportunity for CBBC fans to get up close and personal with one of their favourite programmes. Blue Peter and BBC Learning are producing a nine location tour taking place every Saturday for nine weeks. The tour will follow the route of the Olympic Torch Relay generating excitement about the Olympic Games along the way.

Blue Peter, presented by Barney Harwood and Helen Skelton will broadcast a 30 minute Olympic special for BBC Two & CBBC live from each location at 9am. After the show has gone live, the set will open to host up to five thousand children and their families. Different zones will include a history area, a sports report area, a sports science area and a traditional sports day area. The event will be a perfect opportunity for children and their families to learn about the sports and the athletes that make up the Olympics. We want to encourage children of all abilities to join in the sporting activities at our events, including the ‘UK Athletics’ National award scheme, the hands on exhibits from our university partners  and our fun Sports Day activities including family favourites: The egg and spoon race, the bean bag in a bucket race and the three legged race.

Join the Team

BBC Learning is looking to recruit a team of smiley, enthusiastic event volunteers, keen to help out and get stuck into the action and support the main events team.  Volunteers must be aged 18 or over. Roles on the day will involve helping in the different event areas mentioned above, including assisting the partners we have on site, such as UK Athletics and universities, working with the public at the entrance to our events, managing queues and distributing resources, answering queries from the public and maintaining and keeping the various interactive areas in order.

You may want to have a go at the activities on offer too! You will gain valuable experience helping out on a large-scale event and meet a diverse CBBC audience.


All staff helping at the event will need to be on site early in the morning for a safety briefing and be able to work all day (Exact times to be confirmed) If you are not local to the event area the team can arrange reasonable local travel arrangements for the Saturday morning.


The BBC cannot pay you to volunteer at the event, however we can reimburse you for ‘out of pocket’ expenses. This includes reasonable local travelling expenses (a return bus/tube/tram/rail fare) and lunch will be provided on the day. We cannot pay mileage or petrol. We can pay for reasonable parking expenses on production of a receipt. A valid ticket or receipt (or a photocopy of the ticket where a return ticket is needed to get home) should be presented by the volunteer to claim any expenses.

Personal Disclosure Form

Volunteers don’t need to be CRB checked but will be asked to sign a standard personal disclosure form used by the BBC.

This will be a rewarding and fun opportunity but you’ll be on your feet all day and in all weathers, so be prepared to get stuck in and keep smiling.

Contact:  or with a note of your telephone number and we will give you a call.

Graduating soon? Kick start your graduate career search!

  • Careers Talk for graduating students: Kick start your graduate career search – 11am  31st May D124 Paisley Campus
    Get the latest advice, information and resources in this talk from the careers service on graduate job hunting, further study and how to get the benefit from your careers service once you complete your studies. To attend please email
  •  Paisley Campus CV checking Drop in 1 – 3 pm  31st May J105
  • Ayr Campus Drop ins Wed 23rd and 30 May 11-1 REC 3.04

Opportunity to go to China for 3 weeks in the summer – Study China Programme

Funded places on the Study China Programme.  Open to full-time undergraduate and postgraduate students in English, Scottish and Northern Ireland Universities and Colleges of Further Education.

Would you like to spend time in China to learn its language and develop an understanding of its culture, business and life in general?

Following the huge success of previous Study China Programmes since summer 2007, the Department for Business Innovation and Skills, the Scottish Government and the Department for Employment and Learning in Northern Ireland are continuing to fund over 400 places per year for students to go to China.

Have a look at our official website at and start applying for it!

This time we are offering a small number of places in the 2012 summer programme in Shanghai. And you can expect a once in a life experience through this programme.

Please go to “Who can apply” page: to know whether you are eligible to apply.

Please note that the online application form for the next programme is now opened on our website.  If you do not want to miss this unique opportunity, take action quickly!  The closing date for applications is 17 June.

Other key dates during application process can be found on

You can find our Facebook page for those interested in applying here: –  We strongly recommend that you Like the Facebook page.

The online application form is on our website on the ‘how to apply’ page at 


Think you might be interested in a career in B2B sales? Inside Sales @ HP Graduate Programme might be for you!

Inside Sales at HP in Erskine have developed a new Graduate Recruitment programme. Carol from the Careers & Employability Service went along to an open day last week to find out all about it and these are her comments:

The key points I took away from the event are:

  • The programme is “Sales Career Opportunities for Graduates” – but it is much more than a sales job. This is not like call centre work, but is B2B sales/ business development/ relationship management. Two speakers referred to it as being like running your own small business within a larger business.
  • Ongoing recruitment – not a case of x number per year at a particular time of year, but 40% of all positions to be filled, will be filled by recruiting a graduate. Potentially this relates to approx 18 jobs in next 6 months.
  • Recruitment process is competency based interview and presentation – for some positions there may be two rounds. Example presentation topics provided were “What does HP do?” and “What is a sales superstar?” A recruiting team leader spoke of graduates having to be able to articulate what they bring to the table. Having previously undertaken an internship with HP does not necessarily provide an advantage to being selected for a position with Inside Sales.
  • Requirements: Minimum of 2:2 degree and must have graduated within last 15 months.
  • There is no restriction on degree disciplines, however they have identified that those from Business, Marketing and Technology subjects are most likely to be suited to the programme.
  • The attributes they are looking for are:
    • Self motivated
    • Driven
    • Aptitude for sales
    • Professional
    • Results driven
    • Excellent communication skills
    • Ability to think on feet
    • Commitment
  • Working with HP Inside Sales “can open doors” creating worthwhile career opportunities for young people. (When questioned, they did state that being a “young person” wasn’t a requirement.) They are seeking to recruit graduates who are ambitious in order to nurture and develop talent and offer excellent career progression opportunities. The aim is for Inside Sales to be the key Talent Pool for HP as a whole. Speakers were good example and all spoke very passionately about the organisation. Two examples:
    • 25 year old female (business, marketing & language degree) – been with HP for approx 18 months and had already been promoted twice and is in charge of several global accounts. She has been given opportunities to meet top executives both internally and externally.
    • Training & Development Manager (computer science degree) started with HP 9 years ago in sales, has had 5 different jobs, now in senior management.
  • Starting salary is £15,000 plus bonus plus 3 monthly increments in first year.
  • After first year, can apply for any position within the organisation.
  • Training & Development seems excellent and supportive (been developed by learning from successful US model): 5 week induction training to help graduates understand the business – intensive coaching in first few weeks “on the job” – continuous coaching with monthly one-to-one meetings to discuss career progression – encouraged to expand horizons – the graduate programme is flexible between one and two years – vast range of online courses are available to all staff – shadow visits – networking opportunities – Top Talent programme for fast track development – Management programme for those identified with leadership qualities.

First UWS Volunteer Awards presented on Friday

Three UWS student volunteers were the first to benefit from a new award scheme which is the result of an initiative by the University, SAUWS and UWS Careers Service. The UWS Volunteer Recognition Awards scheme officially recognises students who give up their time to act as student representatives, volunteer with the students association or in student sport, or with organisations outside the university.

Awards are offered at three levels – Bronze for operational roles, Silver for leadership and training roles and Gold for strategic roles.  Students from all campuses/levels are eligible to apply.

The presentation took place at the annual Student Sports Ball and was well attended by students and staff involved.

Gordon Armstrong received the Bronze award for his work with the Careers & Employability Service to promote volunteering activity and guide students into suitable voluntary roles. As a Careers Guidance student he can clearly see the benefit of volunteering in enhancing his CV prior to applying to Careers Adviser roles this summer.

Ryan Woods was awarded a Silver award for his roles with Cricket and Rugby Teams at UWS. Ryan has worked tirelessly to develop both clubs and has provided leadership and direction which has resulted in two active clubs with healthy participation levels and increasing success in competition. The award has provided welcome recognition for his sustained input to the Sports teams.

Duncan Sturgeon was awarded a silver award for his work with LEAD 2014 and the Youthsport Trust in organising a training event for Young Sports leaders to prepare them to run festivals in schools in the lead up to the Commonwealth Games in 2014. Duncan found the experience a challenging one and he feels it has enhanced his confidence in dealing with problems and taking on responsibilities.


Students wishing to apply for awards next year are invited to email

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