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Smash a wine glass with sound, create spiral rainbows, use light to heal wounds and explore medical optoelectronics – volunteers needed!

Do these things sound intriguing? Are you interested in communicating science to a young audience? Lab in a Lorry needs volunteers with a scientific or enginering background for events across Wales during school term-time from September 2015 until March 2017.

What is Lab in a Lorry?

Lab in a Lorry is an interactive mobile laboratory which gives young people (11 – 14 year olds) the opportunity to explore science through open-ended experiments. volunteers guide the students through the experiments (optoelectronics and medicine, sound and resonance, light scattering and colours) and make sure everyone gets to be involved through hands-on experience.

Download more information, including a schedule of dates and locations:
Lab in a Lorry – Volunteer flyer and tour schedule – Wales

Here is the Lab in a Lorry map of current locations.

Our team of Careers Advisers will help you find out how to develop your employability skills at these workshops covering vital topics like

  • Writing CVs and making effective applications
  • Getting into teaching
  • Interview techniques
  • Assessment centres
  • Finding jobs
  • What employers look for in applicants
  • Commercial awareness and personal branding.

Download a summary of forthcoming workshops here.

Click here to register/log into our online booking system. Having registered/logged in:

  • Click on “Events Calendar”
  • Select the date of the session you wish to attend
  • Select “Book”.

ECTARC Wales (European Centre for Training and Regional Co-operation) is a British Council accredited centre.

In addition to ECTARC’s programme which includes work placements abroad for people from Wales, they are now offering a 4-week residential TESOL training course available in August, September and November 2015. The course could add another string to your bow and increase your skills. Visit for more information.

For general information on teaching English as a foreign language, visit the Graduate Prospects website at

The Summer of Student Innovation is a competition which offers students a prime role in developing novel uses of technology to improve their experience at college or University. Click here for more information on the Jisc website.

It offers a variety of competitions:

  1. Student ideas competition: Ideas using technology that could help improve research, learning or student life across further and higher education
  2. Supporting technology startup projects: Support for existing educational technology products that addresses needs of learners and researchers in further and higher education
  3. Learner ideas in FE competition: Ideas from learners based in UK colleges, or apprentices and trainees who have a technology idea that could improve the learning experience
  4. Apprentice-led ideas challenge: A pilot project to support apprentices or trainees and learning providers who have an idea for technology that could help work based learners.

Students have until 18 May to submit their entries and, with Jisc’s help, attract votes from around the sector.

TeachFirst still have places left for Welsh medium students on their Leadership Development programme. These opportuniteis are open to final year students who have at lest 50% of their degree in Welsh OR a grade B or above in Welsh at A level and GCSE at grade B or above in both English and Mathematics.

The LDP is an intensive two-year programme that combines your development as a practising teacher with personal and business skills training, internship opportunities, mentoring and access to an ambassador network and supporters.

High-profile recruiters from all sectors recognise that the skills and strategies you develop in the classroom are directly transferable to any career. They know that if you can engage, motivate and stimulate a class of 30, you can handle pretty much any situation in any organisation. Google, The Civil Service Fast Stream, Goldman Sachs, Accenture, Aldi and PwC are just a few of Teach First’s supporters who have gone on to recruit graduates after the Leadership Development Programme. They also support in other ways such as deferred entry schemes and offering internships whilst you are on the LDP.

Exactly how your journey evolves will be up to you – this is your journey, and, while there are a number of fixed requirements along the way, Teach First expect you to take the lead in shaping your route. Where will it take you? Places are nearing capacity so it’s time to get yours submitted!

Download more information here:

  1. Information on the programme
  2. Wales – Cymru as a location on the programme
  3. Salary and benefits (including a fully funded PGCE, partially funded Masters plus a full-time graduate salary)

Contact Emma Cheetham at TeachFirst: Email:, telephone: 07534903873

Watch out for the following Employer in The Foyer events organised by Careers and Employability:

Location: Entrance foyer of the Library

19th February 11-2.00 – Chatteris International Graduate Programme in Hong Kong

3rd February 10-4.00 – Smaller Earth

10th March 10-4.00 – Teach First

12th March 10-4.00 – ICAEW – Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales

Posted on behalf of the British Council:

The British Council creates international opportunities for the people of the UK and other countries and builds trust between them worldwide. We call this work ‘cultural relations’. Each year we work with millions of people across 110 countries, connecting them with the United Kingdom, sharing our cultures and the UK’s most attractive assets: English, the Arts, Education and our ways of living and organising society.

Every summer, we bring new ideas to the organisation by taking on between 10 and 12 interns for a 12-week period from June – September. We learn from having new talent in the organisation during the summer months; plus, we gain an insight into how we can deliver the best opportunities for young people. In return, you learn new skills while on a paid internship, and make some useful contacts for the future. If you are keen to learn more about working for a global charity and to make a real difference over the summer then this opportunity is definitely for you!

As part of the programme you will join a specific department in one of our key business areas, and work with a dedicated line manager working on real projects, that add value to our organisation and our international work. You will also take part in a group project, where you will be able to apply your project management and team working skills as well as receiving career advice and training that provide you with real direction and perspective to take away with you on completion of the programme.

Our 2015 scheme is made up of the following positions:
• Music and Film Internship, London
• Corporate Communications Internship, London
• Policy and External Relations Internship, London
• Digital Internship, London
• HR Internship, London
• Science Communications Internship, London
• Services for International Education Marketing Events Internship, Manchester
• Schools Internship, London
• English and Exams Self Access Learning (SAL) Digital Internship, London
• Global Network Team Internship, London
• Iran and Syria Internship, London

This is a fantastic opportunity to make the most of your summer, to develop your own cultural relations edge and to work for an organisation that really values diversity and innovation. Take a look around – there’s a whole world of opportunity to explore.

Want to find out more?

If you need any more information then please visit our dedicated internship scheme page on our Study Work Create portal. Where you will be able to apply directly and learn more about the application process and core criteria for the scheme. Please note applications close at midnight on 8 March 2015:

A presentation on the British Council’s Generation UK India programme
Wednesday 4th February, Keir Hardie Room 130, 1.00-2.00 pm

If you are interested in attending this talk please email in the International Development Office.

This programme offers three different types of placements this Summer; cultural immersion placements, teaching assistantships and other work placements.

Generation UK– India offers young people from the UK the chance to experience India through unique and exciting placements across a variety of sectors. As one of the world’s fastest growing countries, India is destined to be a key player in the global economy over the coming decades. This is an opportunity to get involved now, to gain skills and knowledge that will be vital when going out into a job market that is more competitive than ever before. A placement in India offers the kind of cultural immersion that you just cannot experience as a tourist or traveller. It involves you in the real India, giving you the opportunity to understand one of the most important countries in the world and make connections that will last a lifetime.

Funding: For work placements and teaching assistantships, the IDO (International Development Office) and SPIN (Swansea Paid Internship Network) will be combining funds to offer a bursary to students up to maximum of £1055 per student. The IDO will also be able to offer a Global Opportunities Bursary of up to £400 for cultural immersion placements. More information to be provided during the presentation.

Visit for more information.

PGCE Secondary information days will be held on:

  • Tuesday, 18 November, 2014, 9.30 – 12.30
  • Thursday, 12 February, 2015, 16.00 – 19.00

The South West Wales Centre for Teacher Education
Swansea Campus
Townhill Road
Swansea SA2 0UT

Download the following here:

Book online here to attend an Information Morning.


Trainee teachers can receive incentives of up to £20,000 (amount to be confirmed for 2015 and subject to programme and degree qualification).

The following Secondary PGCE programmes are available for 2015/16:

Art and Design
Business Studies
Design and Technology
Modern Foreign Languages
Religious Studies
Science 11-16

Vacancies also exist for Primary PGCE

Our annual Careers Fair is your opportunity to come and talk to lots of potential employers all in one place here on campus.

You can download full details of the Fair at,on/.

Also, click  here to download a list of questions to help you with ideas about what you might want to ask employers.

If you harbour ambitions to become a teacher, then it’s not too late to apply for a place on University of Wales Trinity Saint David (UWTSD)’s Secondary PGCE programme for 2014/15.

There are still vacancies on the following PGCE courses, which start in September at UWTSD’s Townhill campus in Swansea:

Art & Design; Biology; Business Studies; Chemistry; Computing & ICT; Design & Technology; Geography; Mathematics; Modern Foreign Languages; Physics; Religious Education; Science; Welsh

Bursaries of up to £20,000 are available for certain courses, depending on your degree subject and classification.

UWTSD will be hosting an Open Evening for anyone interested in becoming a secondary teacher from 4pm–7pm on Thursday, 21 August.

You can register for this even through Eventbrite. For more information about UWTSD’s PGCE programme, please email

Places are still available on next year’s PGCE Secondary Design and Technology course at University of Wales Trinity Saint David (UWTSD) starting in September.  Click here to download more information.

Design and Technology is a subject that is always developing and has the capacity to capture the imagination of young people.

If you have at least a 2.2 in a design-based subject, like Product Design, Graphic Design, Engineering or even Textiles, UWTSD’s PGCE course could be the perfect platform for you to launch an exciting new career in teaching.

You can find out more information about this course by emailing

UWTSD will also be hosting an Open Evening for potential PGCE Secondary applicants from 4pm-7pm on Thursday, 21 August. You can register for this event through Eventbrite or by contacting the above email address.

If you’re passionate about languages and are interested in a career in teaching, places are still available on next year’s Modern Foreign Languages PGCE at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David (UWTSD).

The one-year course starts in September and takes place at UWTSD’s Townhill campus in Swansea and in partnership schools across South Wales.
Incentive grants of up to £15,000 are available to train to teach via the MFL PGCE, depending on your degree subject and classification.

UWTSD will be hosting an Open Evening for potential PGCE Secondary applicants from 4pm-7pm on 21 August. You can register for this event on Eventbrite or email for further details.

Click here to download more information.

Join over 2,000 graduates committed to ensuring that every young person gets the education and opportunities in life that they deserve, regardless of their background.

Have you got what it takes to inspire, enthuse and excite a classroom of young people in a low-income community?

Teach First need energetic and highly motivated people like you to become passionate leaders and engaging role models to thousands of young people in classrooms up and down the country.  Join their two year Leadership Development Programme – a personalised programme of training opportunities, supportive coaching and work experience.

To find out more and apply you need to register your interest and fill in an online application form at

Teach First recruit on a rolling basis and fill their vacancies as soon as they find candidates who meet their competency and academic requirements.

Education has the power to transform lives.
So do you.

Change their lives.  Change yours.

Teach First harnesses the energy, enthusiasm and drive of outstanding graduates and experienced professionals and equips them with leadership skills to enable inspirational teaching in schools in challenging circumstances across England and Wales.

Although the Teach First Leadership Development Programme is closed for applications at the moment, they are accepting applications for part-time campus roles and the autumn internship:-

Passionate about STEM? Use your passion for STEM (Science Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) in the classroom.  Apply to Teach First today.  #TeachFirst #9questions9days

Imagine life after uni with a two year guaranteed job! It could still be yours.  Apply now Deadline 22nd April #TeachFirst #9questions9days

Still not secured a graduate job? Apply now to Teach First and start your journey.   9 days until deadline. #TeachFirst #9questions9days

Come and meet SuperStars in the foyer of the main Library tomorrow, 10th April, between 10.00 am and 2.00 pm.

SuperStars  provide structured PE, Drama, Music and Art lessons in primary schools covering teachers’ PPA (Planning, Preparation and Assessment) time.  They also provide sporting activities during the school holidays for children aged from 5 – 12.

In addition, SuperStars deliver fun activities for birghday parties!

Visit for more information.

Do you want to make a difference?

Do you understand the importance of education for transforming lives?

There will be a Secondary Information Morning on 11 February 2014 at the South West Wales Centre for Teacher Education, Swansea Metropolitan University.

Click here for details of bursaries for PGCE Secondary Courses and links to book your place at this event.

The deadline to apply for a British Council English Language Assistantship in China is 14 February 2014.

The programme offers paid teaching placements starting in August 2014.  Students and graduates gain international experience in one of the world’s fastest growing economies and a range of transferable skills to boost their employability.  Assistants receive a full induction (with language and teaching training), reimbursement of travel and accommodation for free.  The programme is open to students and graduates of any academic discipline.  Knowledge of Mandarin and teaching experience is not required. Placements usually last ten months.

Download the British Council’s flyer here for further information, and visit the website for full details on eligibility and applications.

We arrange a number of events to help you improve our employability skills, give you access to recruiters and provide information about specific jobs.

Students who wish to attend any of these events will receive a notification informing them when booking is available.

Click this link to view details and book online to attend talks and presentations.

Click here to download an overview of forthcoming talks and skills sessions.
If you have any further queries, please contact the Careers & Employability Helpdesk:  Open Monday – Friday 9.00 am – 1.00 pm and 2.00 pm – 6.00 pm with the exception of Tuesdays when the Helpdesk opens at 10.00 am.