Work Experience

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/


CREATIVE DEGREE TALKS by The Northern School of Art
We have an exciting programme of Live and Pre-recorded Virtual HE Talks by Creative Professionals at The Northern School of Art.
Our live virtual sessions can take place anytime to suit you and will provide your students with a detailed insight into any one of our degree courses. Session includes a live Q&A.
Alternatively, links to our pre-recorded talks can be found below.
We also have a range of short 2-minute videos showcasing our courses, facilities and student life at www.northernart.ac.uk

Digital and Technology Solutions Degree Apprenticeship (DTS)
Duration – 4 Years
Qualification – BSc Degree in Digital and Technology Solutions (University of Warwick)
Salary – Circa £20,000

If you want to work at the cutting edge of car production, then look no further than our Digital and Technology Solutions Degree Apprenticeship. Working on the ideas that will be on the production line in five years’ time, means you will be fascinated by the world of tomorrow and the opportunities that brings.

And where better to put your technology skills and passion to the test than in a business that will change from a car manufacturer to a technology company that makes superb cars? If you are motivated by the power of technology to change the way the world moves, in a business that believes that technology can be a force for good, then this apprenticeship could be perfect for you.

The Apprenticeship

There are 4 pathways to choose from:

  • Software Engineering, in our Engineering and IT teams
  • Software Engineering with Data, in our Engineering and Manufacturing teams
  • Data Analytics with a variety of functions across our enterprise
  • Network Engineering in our Engineering and IT teams

For the first two years you will study the core range of subjects, with pathway specialism in years three and four. Modules are taught in week blocks at the University of Warwick and will be a mix of lectures, practical laboratories, seminars and tutorials. You will also have access to a Virtual Learning Environment for further support between blocks.

In year’s 1 and 2 you will cover modules in all 4 of the pathways and then in years 3 and 4 you will move into your chosen pathway.

Apply now

December Parents’ & Carers’ Pack
In the December issue we look at volunteering, Post-16 SEND options, T Level subjects coming soon, apprenticeship award winners, Traineeships FAQs, Job coach support and more! Please help us to share widely through parentmail channels.

Free webinar on GES Degree Apprenticeship Programme
Join us on Monday 14 December at 4pm to hear from the Government Economic Service about the Economist Degree apprenticeship programme, opening for applications the same day. With 70+ vacancies, this is a chance for students, colleagues and parents to find out how to apply. Register now!

Armed Forces webinar recording
Amazing Apprenticeships hosted an exclusive webinar with the Armed Forces to explore the apprenticeship opportunities with the British Army, Royal Navy and Royal Air Force. If you missed it please find the full recording, presentation slides and more here.

Masterclasses to boost students’ mindset
WorldSkills UK have just launched a suite of Mindset Masterclasses to help students and apprentices become more confident, resilient and agile. The masterclasses, which are free to access, include ten bite-sized learning modules. Find out more here.

#NAW2021 free resources
Have you started planning for National Apprenticeship Week yet? The theme has now been announced as ‘Build the Future’. To help you to prepare for the big week, we have a collection of free resources, including checklists, comms toolkits and more. Click here to access the resources now.

Traineeships information
Traineeships help 16 to 24 year olds – or 25 year olds with an Education, Health and Care (EHC) plan – get ready for an apprenticeship or job if they don’t have the appropriate skills or experience. We have a brilliant collection of free resources to help you to become more familiar with traineeships.

New apprenticeships podcast
HomeServe Foundation has created a new podcast series – All About Apprenticeships. The first episode explores the opportunities and incentives that apprenticeships can offer, the importance of apprentices for the future of our country and much more. Listen to the first episode now.

The Big Assembly is back! 
The interactive LIVE digital broadcast enables students and teachers to engage in conversation about exciting career opportunities, events and more! The Big Assembly takes place on 9th February during NAW2021 and is totally free to attend, so sign up now!

T Level resource library
T Levels are continuing to roll-out with more coming in the new year. Don’t forget that we have guides, poster bundles, factsheets, explainer films, webinar recordings and powerpoint slides to help you get acquainted with this exciting qualification. Access the free resources by clicking here.

New Year Virtual Careers Fair
The National Careers Service will host the New Year New Career Virtual Careers Fair, taking place from 27-29 January. People can visit a wide range of organisations and can get advice and support to manage careers and how to take first steps towards them.

Open Apprenticeship Vacancies

There are lots of other current apprenticeship vacancies with really exciting apprenticeship employers. We’ve collated a helpful list for you to browse over the Christmas break.

The list of current apprenticeship vacancies includes Nestlé, Virgin Media, Network Rail, Sky and more. With hundreds of vacancies to browse, Christmas is the perfect time to start thinking about applying for that perfect apprenticeship!

Don’t forget to check out our Vacancy Snapshot profiles for more information on some of the UK’s biggest and best apprenticeship employers.

Economist Degree Apprenticeship

There are over 70 current vacancies available with the Government Economic Service for the Economist Degree Apprenticeship Programme.

This is a brilliant opportunity to work in a central government department or agency on some of the most important social, environmental and economic issues our country faces.

We recently hosted an informative webinar with the Government Economic Service taking a closer look at the programme and current vacancies. This is a great resource for students, teachers and parents & carers to find out how to apply.

You can also visit the GES Vacancy Snapshot profile for a deeper look into the scheme and to begin preparing for the application process.

Armed Forces Q&A Sheet 

Following an extremely popular webinar with the Armed Forces, No.1 in the Top 100 Apprenticeship Employers 2020 listing, we have created a helpful Q&A factsheet.

The webinar was attended by over 1,000 students, teachers and parents and carers, many of whom had brilliant questions for the Armed Forces. We collated together all of the questions and answers into one helpful Q&A factsheet, so everyone can benefit from the extra information.

You can also visit the Royal Navy, RAF and British Army Vacancy Snapshot profiles for more helpful information on the programmes they offer, how to apply and more.


Applications are now open for the 2021 ZSC Apprenticeship Programme!

After reinvigorating the apprenticeship programme in 2020, GSK are now wanting to build on its success, and to do this we are looking for driven candidates who are passionate about pursuing a career in manufacturing or engineering.

The Zinnat Supply Chain apprentice programme is the first of its kind for GSK, as the programme spans across both the Ulverston and Barnard Castle sites, which provides an exciting opportunity for individuals who are both outgoing and flexible, and who can integrate effectively into new teams and environments.

The programme will involve rotations between the two sites in order to maximise the learning experiences of the apprentices. This gives the potential to land in a permanent role at one of the two sites when their apprenticeship finishes.

To find out more here: GSK Careers Job Search – #UKApprenticeships

After clicking the link the you will need to filter by location, selecting “Ulverston”.


Contextual Admissions Launch

We are looking to launch our contextual admissions guidance in the New Year and will be arranging a workshop. Please let us know if you would like to book a place by emailing eliaison@uclan.ac.uk

Pathways to Medicine

We are delighted to welcome applications for the Pathways to Medicine programme which is looking to attract students from under-represented groups. This will be the third year of the programme which has supported many students in developing a realistic view of the expectations of studying medicine at University and the career pathways open to them.

To find out more details about eligibility and how to apply follow this link Pathways to Medicine.

Unmissable Higher Education events

The team have been busy creating events for students to make informed choices about their 2021 progression. All your students need to do is visit our website where they can book any events that are right for them. This events below give you an idea of the activities we are offering:

Personal Statement Live Chats – Every Thursday 17.00-19.00 until 17 December – Due to the popularity of our personal statement chats we have extended the run of the series into December, to support students who want to submit their application before the 15 January UCAS deadline. To make it easier, your students can book onto any of the activities here.

Student Reflections – Sometimes you just want to hear from students who are studying in the subject you want to apply for. Over December students can join live chats with our students to get a glimpse of their experience of their course and life at UCLan.

We can also adapt our sessions to run virtually in your classrooms, so take a look and let us know if you would like us to deliver them direct to your students.

Parents Live Chats – We know that parents and carers usually have lots of questions about their child coming to university; how do you apply for September 2021; funding; support and accommodation. They can join us in December and January for our live chats where we share our essential guide and tips on supporting their child during their application journey.

Higher Education insight and inspiration

  • Post Qualification Admission Reforms – We recently have seen both Office for Students and UK Universities release papers on PQA. We found a really interesting article from WONKHE on the turning opinions of PQA and an article from Higher Education Policy Institute
  • Virtual Work Experience – We enjoyed this guide to supporting parents and students with virtual work experience opportunities.


‘Choose Cumbria’ – A ‘one-stop shop’ for up to date and relevant information about the University of Cumbria

Visit our Choose Cumbria microsite as a one-stop shop for everything you need to signpost and provide advice.  Here, you can access a range of key information such as our course search tool, virtual tours of our campuses and facilities, links to virtual events and open days, key accommodation and finance information as well as real student stories and options to ‘chat’ to current students and/or trained staff. Visit ‘Choose Cumbria’.


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NEW exciting titles/dates added! 

Our ever-popular subject Masterclasses feature engaging, current and topical content and what’s more, students who attend are eligible to receive a reduced offer of up to 16 UCAS points on application to related University of Cumbria courses! (T&Cs apply. See website for details). We have plenty to come, but here is a look as what’s coming up next:

Digital Investigations 9 December 2020
Wildlife Tracking, Identification and Recording 10 December 2020
Insects in a Changing Climate 11 December 2020
Offender Rehabilitation – Occupational Therapy in Prisons Settings 14 December 2020
How to pitch a Television Programme from Idea to Broadcast 14 December 2020

We can also deliver bespoke a class or cohort. Contact outreach@cumbria.co.uk to discuss options.



Accessible anytime, anywhere, 24/7!

Our Outreach On Demand can be accessed directly by your students, anytime and anywhere!

‘Higher Education – What, Where, How?’ Generic HE sessions – a number of short informative sessions, delivered by our friendly and experienced Outreach Team, to introduce students to HE and the UCAS application and selection process.

Pathways series: ‘Getting into……’ sessions cover a variety of subjects and explore routes, progression pathways, course options and the exciting range of careers linked to each pathway.

All above sessions are available on demand but can be booked for a whole class LIVE delivery.

Contact outreach@cumbria.ac.uk or to access an On Demand session visit www.cumbria.ac.uk/webinars.

Access our webinars


The University of Cumbria’s Institute of Business, Industry & Leadership are delivering a number of subject-based webinars, delivered by experts in their field. These pop-up sessions would be of interest to teachers and students alike!

Date: Tuesday 15th December 7.00pm – 9.00pm

Date: Wednesday 16th of December, 7.00pm-8.15pm

Discovery Sessions

Discover: Policing in London

16 December 2020 14:00 – 15:00

The London Metropolitan Police is the largest police service in the UK with over 44,000 members of staff; but what do they all do and what careers are available? There are multiple policing organisations outside of the Metropolitan Police Service, but what part do they play in securing London and the UK?

Discover the role of specialist agencies such as MI5, MI6, the National Crime Agency, the Independent Office for Police Conduct, the British Transport Police and more. Discover what happens inside New Scotland Yard and how the Counter-Terrorism Police is formed.

To register for this event head over to – www.cumbria.ac.uk/study/open-events/


What can I do with a Business Management degree?

Date: Tuesday 5th January 2021 5pm-6pm

Online webinar with – Dr Steve Gibbs – Principal Lecturer in Business and Leadership

Do you want a qualification that gives you the ultimate in career choices? Our graduates end up in Sellafield. Or they might go on to run a local medical practice. Or they might decide to start their own business. Or running the office for a local firm of accountants. Or working for the local council. Business management degrees take you to all industries and organisations. Because every organisation needs administrators and managers. It’s that simple. And, if you decide to go to another firm after a while, you can. Be the best qualified and most attractive graduate with a Cumbria business management degree. We get you work-ready. You get your future-ready!

Come and chat to us about business management as the best degree for life and work! Go anywhere, anytime, anyplace with us!

Chat to Steve about his 26 year career in business management, and how he and his team will get you ready for a bright confident future anywhere in the world. We’re ready to talk, are you?

To register for this event head over to – www.cumbria.ac.uk/study/open-events/

Virtual Masterclasses

‘Expert Witness’ – Police Officer witness statements
Date: 17th December 2020 11am – 12pm

This masterclass will introduce students to the processes and procedures by which Police Officers gather and provide primary evidence in written statement form.

Whilst this begins with what they see and hear when dealing with an incident, it is the ability to identify criminal activity and offence ‘points to prove’, recall and record the actions and speech of themselves and others, and bring a heightened level of attention to detail to their reports, which will enable them to produce high quality written ‘expert witness’ statements.

Accurate and detailed Police Officer witness statements are a crucial factor in securing convictions in a court of law; this session is designed to introduce and inform attendees of the complexity of this process.

The amazing thing about our Masterclasses is the opportunity they give your students opportunity to explore and discuss topics they’re interested in with professionals, academics and other like-minded students too! As an added bonus, attendance at our Masterclasses is rewarded with reduced offers on future applications to related subjects at the University of Cumbria (T&Cs available on our website here)

To book onto this session, students can head over to www.cumbria.ac.uk/masterclasses

Personal Application Advice

Students can access one to one, personalised support every day this week between 9am – 5pm via live chat. This option is always open, but this week we have specialists who work with those leaving school or college on the lines, ready to support your students. AND… on Thursday 17th December we will be hosting a live Q&A on Facebook and Instagram, 3-4pm. The kinds of question we’ll be answering include:

  • Will you be having an applicant visit day?
  • Is it too late to apply for a course that starts in January?
  • How do I start my personal statement?
  • How do I write a personal statement if I want to apply for two different courses?

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us via email, outreach@cumbria.ac.uk




Final Admissions Session 

The University of Dundee is hosting a final Admissions Session, where you can engage with our admissions team and have all your questions answered.

Join us on Thursday the 3rd of December at 18:00 for a final information session with our admissions team. Just click on the link below to register.

Link: Register Here

Interactive Open Evening 

Then, on Thursday the 10th of December, join us for an Interactive Open Evening, featuring talks from our student recruitment team, current students and our academics. The evening begins at 18:00 and will feature interactive talks from a variety of subject areas, as well as a live Q&A where our world leading researchers and teaching staff can answer your questions directly.

Just sign up using the link below.

Link: Register Here

Both of these events are open to anyone who would like to join us, including parents, teachers, advisers and of course, any students who are considering Dundee, even if you have already submitted your UCAS application. We’re excited to welcome you to both events!

Bespoke Virtual Talks/Webinars 

As ever, we would be delighted to engage with your students by arranging a bespoke virtual talk or webinar. We are happy to make arrangements for any virtual talks or webinars in the Spring of 2021. If you would like to arrange a webinar on any of the following subjects or any variation of the following then simply get in touch with us to arrange this:

Applying To University & Personal Statements, Applying To Medicine/Dentistry, Studying in Scotland, The University of Dundee and Choosing a University Course.

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