Cumbria County Council

We’re recruiting to a wide range of rewarding apprenticeship opportunities, in areas including ICT, Civil Engineering, Highways Maintenance, Business Administration, and Adult Care.

Live online events

We are holding a series of live online events for people who are thinking about a rewarding apprenticeship.

There is no need to book, just come along to find out more about the apprenticeships we offer.

Find Dates

All of the relevant detailed information (entry requirements, job descriptions etc.) is available on the Cumbria County Council Current Vacancies webpage and on our Apprenticeship webpages at: https://www.cumbria.gov.uk/jobsandcareers/apprenticeships/opportunities.asp

Apprenticeships available – apply now!

We have now released even more apprenticeship opportunities throughout Cumbria.

An apprenticeship with Cumbria County Council will give you the skills, experience and qualifications you need to start your career.

From civil engineering to customer services, highways and care – we have a variety of opportunities available. There’s something for everyone!

Don’t miss out – apply today!

Check out the apprenticeship opportunities now on offer.

KPMG’s 2021 apprenticeship programmes are open for applications!

For those looking to start their professional career, joining KPMG as an apprentice means being part of a team of inspiring colleagues who bring fresh ideas and curiosity to work that really matters.

We value our apprentices and recognise the vital part they play in the future of our firm. Those who join us will be encouraged to bring their unique perspective and showcase their ideas. Many of our senior leaders started their careers this way, and each one of our colleagues will be passionate about guiding our new apprentices on their own career journey.

About our apprenticeship experience

Our programmes offer apprentices the opportunity to work across different industries and are designed for those who have, or are about to, finish School or College – and span areas such as Audit, Software Engineering, KPMG Law and Data & Analytics.

At KPMG, our apprentices gain valuable work experience, develop core skills and will be supported in their study towards fully funded professional qualifications and accreditations – all whilst earning a salary.

Our diverse employee networks, clubs and learning community help our apprentices to develop connections and build new friendships, not just for today, but for their career ahead. There are also plenty of opportunities for them to get involved in volunteering, so they’ll be encouraged to make a difference at work and outside of the office too.


When apprentices join us, they’ll take part in a virtual induction week – an introduction to our firm, and a way for them to meet their peers and build valuable connections, from day one.

We’ll support them in their transition to the workplace too; providing them with a buddy, performance manager, access new joiner forums and range of learning opportunities which will allow them to shape their own development.
About KPMG

With a worldwide presence, KPMG continues to build on our successes thanks to a clear vision, our people and Our Values – we’re supporting businesses to grow, our people to achieve and our communities to thrive.

Our largest practice is Audit, which helps to build the confidence and trust that business and society needs. In Tax & Law, Consulting, Deal Advisory and Technology & Engineering, we help companies to solve some of their most complex business challenges.

Our places fill fast, so we’d encourage applications as soon as possible.

Find out more and how to apply

Further programme launches will follow soon. Those interested can sign up to our Talent Community to be one of the first to hear when these become available.

 Outreach Activity Catalogue

We are still delivering bespoke sessions virtually and also have a range of pre-recorded sessions available.

Particularly useful sessions at this time could be ‘Submitted your UCAS application -what next?’ and our session on Student Finance.

Visit our virtual outreach webpage to view our catalogue of sessions and email Abi to make a booking/request a recording.

Subject Taster Sessions

We have a number of pre-recorded taster sessions and lectures for your students to find out more about studying their chosen subject.

Students can visit our subject taster sessions webpage to find out more and request access to the sessions.

EHU@Home Evenings Sessions 

Daily webinars every Monday – Thursday 4pm-5pm

Students can book on via our EHU@Home Evenings booking form.

Unifrog’s UK  University Series 

We’re really pleased to be taking part in Unifrog’s latest series of free events for students –Unifrog’s UK University series!

The webinars will cover all regions of the UK and support students to decide which universities they may like to attend and how to determine what’s a good fit for them.

The webinars are  free – students just need to sign up here and Unifrog will take care of the rest.

UCAS and UK University Search

UCAS and UK University Search have released dates for their 2021 events! Visit the links below for more information and to book your place – we hope to see you there!

UCAS – Physical Events 

UK University Search – Virtual and Physical Events 

Our latest session on ‘Preparing for HE Exhibitions’ might be useful ahead of these events. Email Abi to book a live session/request a recording.

Links for students

Edge Hill Course Enquiries
Edge Hill Admissions Team
Edge Hill at Home Evening Sessions
Edge Hill Pre-recorded Talks
Edge Hill Virtual Campus Tour
Subject Taster Sessions


Looking for great career options for students who don’t want to go to university? BDO has them.

Who we are

We’re one of the UK’s largest Accountancy and Business Advisory firms providing Audit, Advisory, Tax and Business Services & Outsourcing services to clients across the UK and the globe. When the most ambitious organisations need advice on accountancy and business, they turn to us.
Why we hire trainees

At BDO, we’re looking forward to the future. That’s why we have a long-standing commitment to hiring Apprentices, offering them world-class training and giving them the responsibility to take on real projects and become a key part of our business. That’s why we’re committed to helping our trainees succeed, no matter who they are and what their background is. Our Managing Partner, Paul Eagland joined us as a school leaver and worked his way up to become a senior leader in our business. We already know how integral school leavers are to our business; with the right attitude and the right opportunities, there’s no limit to what they can achieve.
What we offer trainees

Our Apprenticeship Programme is designed to help trainees learn the skills they need to build a stimulating Accountancy career without the debt that comes with a degree from university. The Programme is a tailored blend of real work and industry-leading training where trainees will gain knowledge and experience as they study towards a Masters-level professional qualification, and a full-time job offer upon successful completion of their Apprenticeship. With dedicated managers, exposure to real work and individual support, it’s a unique opportunity to earn while they learn, achieve a globally recognised qualification and get an unparalleled start in a career in Accountancy.
What trainees work on

We work with clients across a diverse range of sectors throughout the UK and the world. From hospitality and financial services to real estate and charities, trainees will work across a variety of sectors and develop an understanding of the areas they might want to peruse in their career.
They may find themselves helping with an audit for the NHS, providing advisory services to a premier league football club, counting sheep as part of a farm audit, or giving tax advice to a pharmaceutical client.
If that sounds interesting, come along to our virtual Insight Event on Wednesday 3rd March at 3pm to find out about our exciting schemes and see which ones could inspire your students.

Register Now

Video Content

General Resources

Upcoming Virtual Exhibitions

In March we will be attending virtual exhibitions hosted by both UCAS and UK Uni Search.

The exhibitions we will be attending are:

  • UK Uni Search, on Wednesday 17 March from 12pm to 6pm
  • UCAS South West, on Tuesday 23 March and Wednesday 24 March from 10am to 6pm

Please note: there will be other UCAS virtual exhibitions aimed at other regions across the UK in the upcoming months. Virtual exhibition dates are always subject to change.

You can access our full list of virtual fair commitments at the link below:

Exhibition List

Unifrog & The University of Edinburgh

We’re delighted to be collaborating with Unifrog by taking part in their latest series of free events for students: Unifrog’s UK University series!

The webinars will cover all regions of the UK and support students to decide which universities they may like to attend and how to determine what’s a good fit for them.

We will be taking part in the Study in Scotland webinar alongside three other leading Scottish institutions on Wednesday 10 March at 4.30pm.

Students and teachers/advisers can sign up using the link below:

Unifrog Webinars

Study in Scotland Webinar Series

Following on from the success of the series last year, the Study in Scotland webinar is continuing with the first webinar taking place on Wednesday 31st March at 6pm. The webinar will be run in collaboration with 15 other universities, making it the perfect opportunity for you and your students to speak to universities across Scotland.

The session will consist of a short presentation followed by ample opportunity for you and your students to ask questions. There will be an open Q&A for general questions, with the opportunity for you and your students to simultaneously direct message universities that you are interested in speaking with.

This webinar will take place once a month (always starting at 6pm) on the following dates:

  • Wednesday 31st March
  • Thursday 29th April 
  • Wednesday 26th May 
  • Wednesday 30th June

We hope this gives you and your students ample opportunity to sign up for a session and learn more about studying in Scotland. You and your students can sign up using the link below:

Registration Form

2022 Entry – Degree Finder

When it comes to entry requirements and course information, we would always recommend pointing students towards our Degree Finder.

This week our degree finder will be updated to reflect the change from the current focus on 2021 entry to a focus on 2022 entry. Therefore both entry requirements and course information will be updated for prospective students and teachers/advisers by the end of the week.

Degree Finder

Brought to you by RateMyApprenticeship.co.uk, the brand new Guide to Career Options 2021 has arrived, and we are so excited to share it with you.

This Guide is jam-packed with advice to help students choose the right path, find virtual work experience, ace video interviews and much more.

It also features the Top 100 Apprenticeship Employers for 2020-2021, with insights into what it’s like to be an apprentice at each company.

We’d love it if you could share the link below with your students, so they can kick-start their careers in the right way!

View the guide here.

Join our Apprenticeship Hub

If you haven’t already, please sign up to our Apprenticeship Hub which is the home of valuable resources for you to share with your students, industry news, events and apprenticeship opportunities.

We will also be sharing helpful presentations to keep your students inspired throughout the academic year.

Sign in to the Apprenticeship Hub.

UK University & Apprenticeship Search Fair
Wednesday 17th March | 12pm – 6pm | 100+ Exhibitors
With university open days on hold, our UK University & Apprenticeship Search Virtual Fair will be returning on March 17th to help students from Years 11, 12 and 13 explore their post 18 options, with over 100 universities, colleges and apprenticeship providers from across the UK attending. Students will be able to speak directly with admissions teams and recruitment officers from Russell Group, Red Brick, Modern & Specialist universities, along with higher & degree apprenticeship providers. The event will also feature virtual campus tours so students can explore universities from their laptop.

You can view the list of exhibitors who’ve signed up so far here.

10 live webinars on a range of subjects will run throughout the day such as Choosing a Course, Careers & Employability, Degree Apprenticeships and Student Finance.

Register here.

Some new VWEX opportunities have been advertised on the Springpod Website. The ones I thought might be of interest for Rating Lane students are:

Broadcast Journalism – for media
TV and Film – for media
Dentistry – for the medics
Politics – for politics/sociology
Veterinarian – for science
Graphic Design – for art
Fashion – for art
Teaching – for anyone interested
Journalism – for English

The dates for all of these are between 6-16 April. For most of the experiences, students only need to complete at least 10 hours during the 2 weeks to get a certificate and can catch up on live talks in their own time if they can’t make it.

It’s really easy to apply. Students just need to google ‘Springpod’, click on the Work Experience tab and look at the opportunities listed. They need to apply for the one they are interested in and should hear if they have a place by 19th March.

Chartered Institute of Marketing – Marketing Virtual Work Experience February 2021 https://www.springpod.co.uk/marketing-virtual-work-experience/

Vodafone – Innovators Virtual Work Experience https://www.springpod.co.uk/vodafone-virtual-work-experience/

Law Virtual Work Experience https://www.springpod.co.uk/law-virtual-work-experience/

Teaching Virtual Work Experience https://www.springpod.co.uk/teaching-virtual-work-experience/

Nestlé – Employability Skills Programme https://www.springpod.co.uk/nestle-employability-skills-programme/

Finance Virtual Work Experience https://www.springpod.co.uk/finance-virtual-work-experience/

BT – Insight Day https://www.springpod.co.uk/bt-insight-day/

Journalism Virtual Work Experience https://www.springpod.co.uk/journalism-virtual-work-experience/


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