Apprenticeship Opportunities with the Bell Group.

Please see below apprentice opportunities with the Bell Group.

Bell Group are now officially launching their Painter & Decorator apprentice recruitment process in Scotland. They currently have at least one opportunity in the Edinburgh branch, among others.

Interested candidates should be aware that they would not be based in a branch or in this area on a daily basis and would work in and around those areas depending on where the team are working on a given week. Apprentices would be asked to make their way to and from the local branch at various points (details of which can be found within our website under ‘branch network’) and / or attend an agreed meeting point. Its important that applicants understand that they will be expected to attend their local branch at times so they must be willing to do this.

Furthermore, please find attached details of their apprentice training and the location and travel expectations for this.

All interested applicants should register for the open event via Eventbrite:

Date and time

Fri, January 21, 2022

10:00 AM – 11:00 AM

During the Evenbrite session, Bell will provide details of the recruitment process and the time for candidates to ask questions around the apprenticeship, training and recruitment process.

Any questions just let me know.


Lee Bernard

Developing the Young Workforce Coordinator

Mercat Tours – Opportunities

There are opportunities for school, college and university students for upcoming part/full time work opportunities and internships to join the Mercat Team.

Please find attached an outline of the ‘Support Team’ role which is the most relevant and successful position for students, offering a variety of experience and scope to develop interests in other areas of the business.

In addition, recruiting for multiple roles in January/February will begin very quickly after the new year so here is the link to their website:  website vacancies page

Please note the website currently says that there are ‘no vacancies’ at present, however the jobs will be advertised after the New Year.

Download: Mercat Tours

Lee Bernard

Developing the Young Workforce Coordinator

Careers in Construction with Mace Group

Are you thinking about a career in construction? If so, we have an amazing insight event for you.

On 9th December from 5:00pm – 6:00pm Mace Group will be hosting an insight session into one of the biggest construction firms in the world.

Mace are involved in some of the most impressive building projects around the UK and the world and offer a variety of fantastic apprenticeship and graduate schemes. 

We will be hearing from the Deputy Chairman who will share insights into his background, career journey from growing up in the midlands to where he is now as Deputy Chairman and sharing experiences from his early career to date which has contributed to his success. Mark will finish by giving his advice on what he looks for in top talent.

We will also hear from a panel of current apprentices and graduates from within the company who will discuss what life is like within the firm and what the process of securing a position in the firm was like.

Registration Link:


Lee Bernard

Developing the Young Workforce Coordinator

Edinburgh College Open Days – Performing Arts / Hair & Beauty

Performing Arts Studio Scotland (PASS) are having Open Days on 2nd, 14th and 16th December

2nd December 2021

10:00am – 3:30pm

Target audience

Secondary S1 to S3 (11-14 year old), Secondary S4 to S6 (14-18 year old)

There will be workshops, information on courses (Dance, Acting Theatre Costume, Technical Theatre, Make Up Artistry and Musical Theatre) and a chance to see the state-of-the-art facilities we have on campus.

On the 2nd of December at 2pm there will be a live performance from our Acting students, and on the 14th and 16th December we will have live performances in Dance.

Come along if you are interested in finding more about what PASS has to offer and see some fantastic examples of young professionals at work. To book a place on this event please follow the Citizen Ticket Link below.


Make -Up your mind for the career you want in Hair and Beauty

Event date: 30th November

Location: Granton Campus

Time: 1.30 pm – 3.30pm

Target audience

Educators, Secondary S4 to S6 (14-18 year old)

This event is to allow Guidance Teachers, Careers Advisors, and new applicants to understand and see what can be achieved in college within the department of Hair & Beauty Therapy and at Edinburgh College.

Who you will meet?

You will have the opportunity to meet lecturers, and current students to explain more about any of the courses within Hairdressing and Beauty therapy. All will be on hand to answer questions!

Please contact for more information.

Many thanks.

Lee Bernard

Developing the Young Workforce Coordinator

Wingstop – Job Opportunities

Please see below a job opportunity that has come through  from FUSE (St James’ Quarter) for Wingstop.

If you have school candidates looking for work and aged 16+ I’d advise them to apply for Wingstop ( … It’s paying £9.00ph. They open early December and are looking to hire 40 members of staff. They are open to hiring candidates who are still at school.

Lee Bernard

Developing the Young Workforce Coordinator

Vodafone Big Virtual Kick Off Careers Event

On Wednesday 1st December from 5:00pm – 6:00pm Vodafone will be hosting their big virtual kick-off event to showcase what the company is about and all of their fantastic degree apprenticeship opportunities!

Vodafone offer degree apprenticeships in a variety of business departments such as: Software Engineering, Network Engineering, Project Management, Human Resources, Data Analyst, IT Consultancy, Cyber Security & Sub-marine Management. Upon completing one of these Level 6 programmes you’ll also come out with a paid-for degree in the relevant field.

Registration link below.  If you are interested in signing up for this event, can you let your guidance teacher or myself know.

Registration link:


Lee Bernard

Developing the Young Workforce Coordinator

Edinburgh Leisure Coaching Academy 2022

Coaching Academy 2022

The project is a fully funded opportunity that provides a combination of sports-based activities and tailored employment support for young people that are interested in becoming a sports coach, with opportunities to; gain national governing body coaching qualifications, volunteer to gain coaching experience and possibility to gain employment as an Edinburgh Leisure sports coach. We are currently looking to recruit motivated, enthusiastic, and reliable 16 – 24 years old who have a passion for sport and who would be able to commit to the project for up to 10 hours per week over an 8-week period.

Coaching Academy provides:

• Sports coaching experience in Football, Athletics, Badminton, and multi-sports
• Sports Leaders, Young Leader Award
• National governing body coaching qualifications (SFA level 1.1/ UKCC Level 1)
• Quality, structured sports coaching sessions and the opportunity to participate in sport and physical activity
• The opportunity to volunteer and gain coaching experience
• Active Start Multi Skills training
• Emergency First Aid at work
• Advice and guidance on further education and training opportunities
• Increased confidence and self-esteem

The project will be delivered between January and March 2022 at Various Edinburgh Leisure venues and online, with city-wide travel to be expect over the programme. An induction day detailing the project will take place on Tuesday 14th December, 4pm – 6pm at Meggetland Sports Complex, Meggetland Wynd, Edinburgh.

Please click the link to the Positive Destinations Referral Form for the project.
It is important that every young person who wishes to be considered for the Coaching Academy, fills in the referral form in the link, by Friday 3rd December 2021. All who register their interest will then be invited to attend the Induction Day, where they will get a full project overview, meet the Coaching Academy tutors, and take part in a discussion with the tutors on their suitability to gain a place on the project. The main aim of the project is to upskill young people to help them gain employment, with opportunities for jobs within Edinburgh leisure available at the end of the project.

Positive Destination Referral Form

Let me know if you need any further information.


Lee Bernard

Developing the Young Workforce Coordinator

S5 or S6 Pupils considering studying Law or working in the legal sector.

I am working with colleagues here at the University of Edinburgh’s Law School to run 2 events aimed at S5 and S6 pupils attending state schools in Scotland who are considering studying Law or working in the legal sector. Please see below for further information and links which pupils can use to sign up to events.

Friday 12th November 2021 (14:30 – 16:00): So You Want to be a Lawyer – Academic Focus

How do you know you want to study law if you’ve never studied law? What’s life as a law student really like? How do you manage coursework and other interests? Come along to this session to hear from current students at the University of Edinburgh, and start learning some law. Bring your questions to the session and we’ll aim to answer them all for you. We’re all excited to meet you!


Friday 26th November 2021 (14:30 – 16:00): So You Want to be a Lawyer – Professional Focus

You think you want to study law, but what’s it like to work in the law? What do lawyers do? Who do they work for, and why? Sign in to this session to hear from our fabulous panel of lawyers from a variety of areas of practice, and a wide range of backgrounds. They will share with you their journey into law. Bring your questions!

Pupils can sign themselves up by following the links below for each of these events:

These events are open to any S5 or S6 pupils attending state schools in the south east of Scotland and across Scotland.

Please speak to your Guidance teacher if interested.

Ryan Hamilton

Widening Participation Officer (Access to the Professions)

Student Recruitment and Admissions

The University of Edinburgh

33 Buccleuch Place

Edinburgh, EH8 9JS