Focus on: Computer science, maths & ENGINEERING careers fair

On Tuesday 27th October Liverpool Hope University is hosting a careers day for students studying Computer Science, Mathematics and Engineering.

There are a range of sessions available for students to tap into ranging from information on year in industry placements to graduate programmes.

Some of the sessions are available for students of all courses to attend and will have placement and graduate programme sessions that they can apply for.

Below is a list of sessions with the link to register. Once registered you will receive a zoom link.

12pm BDO

BDO is an international network of public accounting, tax, consulting and business advisory firms which perform professional services under the name of BDO. As of 2017 BDO has member firms in 162 countries, employs around 80,000 partners and staff in over 1,591 offices throughout the world, and is the fifth largest professional services network globally.

BDO will discuss their Industrial Placement opportunity (13 month) starting June 2021 until July 2022, for students looking to complete a placement/sandwich year in industry. This will be based within our Liverpool Shared Service Centre, which is essentially a centralised support function for our client facing teams across the country. Various teams and roles to be fulfilled and we are looking for students from studying ALL DEGREES, due to the variation in teams and support we offer.

We will also be highlighting our entry level role possibilities, for students/recent graduates that have not had the opportunity to enrol in a graduation scheme, but would still be interested in a career in accountancy & finance and are happy to join through entry level roles within the Shared service Centre.

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1pm Autotrader

Autotrader will deliver a session on their graduate programme opportunities for Software Developers, Finance Graduates and more.

Autotrader’s recruitment team and current employees in the graduate roles will discuss their opportunities and share insights on the application process. The graduate roles are: Software Developer, Finance Graduate, Account Manager and Project Manager.

You can view more information about the roles here

Auto Trader sits across the technology, automotive and advertising industries and is a major consumer brand. We are:

Data-led: Data, and the insight derived from it, power everything that we do from new products and development to enhancements to search and advertising. Our colleagues are organised into high-performing, data-oriented squads to ensure we are agile and quick to respond to change.

Inclusive: Ensuring Auto Trader is a diverse, inclusive and conscious employer that contributes positively to its communities is a key strategic priority for our business.

One team: We have built a simple, lean and relatively flat-structured organisation, and we value our people and their opinions. We host an annual employee conference to share ideas, bringing colleagues together from Manchester, London and those based in the field around the UK.

This session is available to students across all courses

Too book on register here

12pm Andy Kent, How to be more Employable

Andy Kent, CEO of Liverpool Software Developer Angel Solutions, shares hints and tips on employability and developing a career

Andy Kent is CEO of Angel Solutions, an award-winning Liverpool-based software development company supplying every local authority in the country alongside a suite of products that service the schools market.

Their core products handle vast quantities of pupil level data and Angel has been innovating ways to help the sector get the best intelligence from this including alternative visualisations to help save time during budget cuts.

Angel has a growing team of passionate and innovative thinkers, creators, designers and educationalists.

The office is themed like a circus to reflect their unique culture which includes monthly innovation days, training programmes, charity days, birthdays off, fun days in the park and surprises throughout the year.

If you’ve not met Andy before he could arguably be Britain’s most energetic tech entrepreneur. This Ringmaster and his team of 50 (and growing) create innovative products out of an award winning circus themed office! Andy was in the 2018 BIMA 100, is the Chair of BIMA Liverpool and is a regular speaker at both local and national events. Andy now spends most of his time working across the city region on projects that invest in young people and mentors other businesses & aspiring entrepreneurs.

Andy’s event will share hints and tips on how to make yourself more employable and search for opportunities, and to provide some motivation and inspiration during an uncertain job market. Suitable for all courses

To book on register here

12pm LDRA

LDRA are a software company based in Birkenhead and will be discussing graduate opportunities available in the Wirral and across the globe.

For more than 40 years, LDRA has developed and driven the market for software that automates code analysis and software testing for safety, mission, security and business-critical markets. Working with clients to achieve early error identification and elimination, and full compliance with industry standards, LDRA traces requirements through static and dynamic analysis to unit testing and verification for a wide variety of hardware and software platforms. Boasting a worldwide presence, LDRA has headquarters in the United Kingdom, United States, Germany, and India coupled with an extensive distributor network.

To book on register here

1pm – RAF

A webinar with engineering officers from RAF discussing their career opportunities in Communications, Electronics and AeroSystems . This is a talk suited to students in Computer Science, Maths and Engineering with particular interest in engineering. More info on RAF can be found here

Too book on register here

Don’t miss out on the opportunity to meet these leading employers and too boost your chances of a placement or graduate role.

Back to Basics…Taking A Placement Year

For level I students it’s a critical time in the placement year calendar with applications now open for many of the big schemes but how much do you really know about this career enhancing opportunity? In this blog we go back to basics with the placement year.

What is a placement year? 1 academic year spent in the workplace – usually taken between level I and level H. You need to complete the equivalent of 9 months full-time work, the majority of advertised opportunities are for 1 year (12 months).

What kind of job can you do? Taking a placement year offers you the opportunity to spend time working as part of your degree and Hope’s programme is extremely flexible so you could work for a big blue chip organisation or for a charity…the choice is yours; just like it is when you finish your degree. So whether you see yourself donning a suit and working in audit or really want to work in curation in a museum why not get some valuable work experience by taking a placement year?

Who can take a placement year? Here at Hope almost every undergraduate has the opportunity to undertake a placement year (the only exceptions being those whose course already include a significant period on placement – Primary BA QTS, Social Work and Sports Rehabilitation). So if you’re on any other undergraduate course you have the option of undertaking a placement year as part of your degree.

For some students (e.g. Computer Science, Robotics, Artificial Intelligence) there’s the option to choose a placement year when applying through UCAS, for those without this option you can transfer onto a placement year variant at any stage in level C or I. By letting Careers & Employability know you’re interested we can support you through the finding and applying process.

How to access support contact Anna Worsley, Senior Employment and Placement Officer on if you’re interested in taking a Placement Year. Careers & Employability will then send you regular updates including opportunities we spot and details on how to access one to one support with your search and applications. We also have a lot of resources on My Careers Centre here you’ll find a jobs board with advertised opportunities, a list of upcoming careers events and a whole host of online learning and careers resources.

I’d recommend the work placement year to anyone

Joe Perrins, BA Business Management with Placement Year

Virtual interview advice in a time of Covid-19

AGCAS Disability Task Group Blog

”…Providing some practical (interview) tips for students can make a real difference to them increasing their chances of a successful outcome. This is especially important for neurodivergent students who may have some additional challenges with communication…and increased levels of anxiety.’’

One huge change that has happened during Covid-19 has been the flip to, and necessity for many to work from home. This has accelerated flexible working that was seen to be a part of the industrial revolution 4.0.It has also meant that many students if they want to apply for jobs now or in the future will need to be confident to participate in all stages of the virtual hiring processes.

Face to face interviews, while costly in time and money can sometimes be easier to gauge the responses from others in the room when being interviewed. Some of the non-verbal cues that you would normally recognise can be missed…

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Teacher Training Events

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Hot on the heels of my previous email, there are a wide array of virtual events that are dedicated to teacher training and an overview of the sector provided by Get Into Teaching (Events). Attending these events would be beneficial in terms of the information provided regarding deciding on training, applying and interviewing for a programme, but also, something to add to your personal statement to demonstrate your dedication to securing a training place.

Below is a rundown of events that you can attend:

14 October at 16.30-19.30 Virtual Train to Teach Birmingham

Our virtual Train to Teach events will provide you with a wealth of information on how to get into teaching and how to apply for training in your region.

12 October at 11.30-13.00 Supporting your Teacher Training Application

Join this online Q&A event for advice on your teacher training application. Our panel of experts will answer your questions and offer tips and advice on making sure your application stands out.

15 October at 11.30-13.00 Advice for University Students

Join our online Q&A event specifically tailored for university students and find out why teaching is a great career choice. Our panel of experts will provide helpful information on the different training options available, tax-free bursaries and the application process.

19 October at 18.00-19.30 Change Career to Teaching

Considering changing career to teaching? Not sure about the next step? Join this online Q&A event where our panel of experts will discuss the different options available to help you retrain and experiences of the obstacles faced when changing career. 

21 October at 11.30-13.00 Teacher Training Options

Looking for a career with a real purpose? Join this online Q&A event to find out more about teaching as a career and the different options you can take to qualify as a teacher in England. Our panel of experts will help you decide which option is best for you and provide lots of advice to kick-start your new career. 

26 October at 18.00-19.30 Secondary Teacher Training Options

Join this online Q&A event for advice on all things secondary school teaching. Our panel of experts will help you decide which option is best for you and provide lots of advice to kickstart your new career. 

28 October at 11.30-13.00 Primary Teacher Training Options

Join this online Q&A event for advice on all things primary school teaching. Our panel of experts will help you decide which option is best for you and provide lots of advice to kickstart your new career.  

Hope’s Supply Teacher FAQs

Hot on the heels of our NQT Employment Day we spoke to Randstad Education, CER and Hays to answer some of the top FAQs from our NQTs and to gather some top tips to help you flourish on supply.

What should I expect when signing up to a teaching supply agency?

The registration process might vary but will typically involve

  • Initial registration – provided the core/basic information they may also ask you to submit a CV
  • Qualifications verification
  • Right to Work Check – ID checks and verifying your right to work in the UK
  • References – you’ll be asked to provide details of 2 or 3 referees (typically your teacher training provider and your school placement/practice provider)
  • Enhanced DBS check
  • A personal risk assessment – your opportunity to disclose a disability or medical condition

At the moment most agencies are able to complete the full registration process virtually and will complete their initial registration interview online via video software like Zoom or Teams.

Top Tips: 

  • Register for the DBS update service (£13 per year)
  • Have an editable version of your CV (Word) to give to agencies as they’ll usually anonymise all CVs before sending them to a school

What does the initial registration interview involve?

Again this may vary depending on the agency but usually involves

  • Verifying your documentation (Right to Work check, photo ID etc)
  • A discussion on your skills and experience; delving into your CV so they can build a profile to share with schools. Agencies described this as informal and relaxed but you should be prepared for this to feel like an interview and prepare for some common interview questions (e.g safeguarding, your teaching style, behaviour techniques, strengths/weaknesses)
  • The agency providing you with details on their processes and systems; how will you be contacted, what training you’ll need to complete, which schools they work with etc
  • A chance for you to ask questions

Most agencies will provide full details of what to expect during this discussion and what documents you need to have to hand so be sure to carefully read everything they send you ahead of your interview/registration chat so you can be fully prepared.

Top Tips: 

  • Carefully read everything the agency sends you and have all supporting documents to hand
  • Note down any questions you’d like to ask ahead of your registration interview
  • Have a pad and pen handy so you can take notes throughout the discussion

Will it cost me to sign up to an agency?

No, in fact it’s illegal for an agency to charge candidates any money to register or for their recruitment services.

They may however ask you to cover some costs, if they do pass costs on to you this should be clearly explained.


Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service Check (DBS) 

If the DBS you gained at the beginning of your university course is no longer valid and you are not registered with the update service agencies will need to process a new one for you and they will usually ask you to cover this cost. Currently it costs £40 to process this and agencies may also add an administration fee.  Some agencies will refund you this cost once you’re regularly working for them.

The registration subscription to the update service is £13 each year so it is worth registering with the update service. Registering with the update service means that if you’re registering with more than one agency you won’t need to pay for separate DBS checks and you’ll always have an up to date Enhanced DBS.


Agencies may ask you to complete compulsory or mandatory training (e.g. safeguarding), as this is mandatory and you are not able to work for them without it this should be provided free of charge. Non-compulsory or optional training they offer may incur a charge.

Some agencies provide accredited training free of charge e.g. Team Teach, Paediatric First Aid so working for an agency can offer you some great benefits.

PAYE/Umbrella companies

Some agencies may utilise the services of an ‘umbrella company’ for payroll. It should be made clear to you in writing who your employer is (the agency or the umbrella company) and if any deductions, including ‘charges’, are going to be made to your pay these should be made clear in advance of you carrying out work. Some agencies will give you the option/choice of whether you want to work through an umbrella company in return for employee perks/benefits e.g. reward scheme, discounts etc so take the time to work out which option suits you best if they do offer the choice.

If you plan to work in Wales, Scotland or Northern Ireland you would also need to register with the appropriate teaching register and there are additional costs involved with that;

Wales –  Education Workforce Council (EWC) 

Northern Ireland – General Teaching Council (GTCNI)

Scotland – General Teaching Council for Scotland (GTC Scotland)

Know your rights – it’s worth being aware of your legal rights; if you’re not sure ask your agency about PAYE, holiday pay, sick pay, maternity rights, Agency Worker Regulations etc – you should be provided with a ‘key information document’ that makes your rights clear.

Top tips:

  • Ask if anything’s unclear
  • Make the most of access to free accredited training if it’s available to you

Can I/should I sign up to more than one agency?

Yes, agencies will work for different schools and cover different areas so it is advisable to register with more than one agency but we’d recommend being sensible about how many you register with. 

Don’t be afraid to do your research… if you have a specific location or specific schools you’d like to work in phone the school reception, explain you’re an NQT looking for work and ask which agency they use then register with that specific agency.

Registering with 2 agencies is realistic/advisable (up to 3/4 if there’s a specific reason e.g. location or specific specialism). Registering with too many can have knock on effects…you might find you’re contacted by each agency on the same morning with multiple offers of work which can be tricky to manage and each will ask your placement provider for a reference (so if you’re registered with 12 agencies the Head Teacher will get 12 different reference requests for you…not our recommended approach for making a lasting impression with a Head Teacher!)

If you are registered with more than one agency don’t forget to keep everyone informed of your availability e.g if you do get offered a long-term contract with one agency it’s good practice to let the other agency know you’re no longer available for work.

Top tips:

  • Be sensible about how many agencies you register with (2 is realistic)
  • Do your research and register with the right agency for you
  • Communicate your availability with the agencies you’re working with

What tips can you give to help me thrive on supply?

If it’s your first day at that particular school try to be as prepared as possible. Think about how you’re going to get there and give yourself plenty of travel time. Where possible try to arrive early as this will give you time to get settled before pupils start arriving at school.

Don’t forget the essentials

  • DBS check – you might be asked to show this before you can enter the premises so take it with you
  • ID – carry photographic identification with you, again some schools won’t let you into the classroom before they’ve verified your ID
  • Covid essentials; face covering, hand sanitiser, your own water bottle, packed lunch. If a school requires you to wear PPE this will be provided but it’s handy to have your own (if you have a medical condition that requires you to wear additional PPE e.g. a visor make sure your agency is aware of this)
  • Teaching ‘bag of tricks’ some icebreakers, work activities/fillers, behaviour charts (if age appropriate)
  • A bag/rucksack to carry everything you need – this also means you have somewhere safe to store your mobile phone during lessons (don’t forget no mobile phones in lessons so turn it off or silence it)

If you’re not fully briefed on that school’s procedure and protocols prior to arrival, or upon arrival, be sure to ask; what are their fire procedures? Who is the safeguarding lead? What’s the school’s behaviour policy – how should you deal with disruptive behaviour? What’s the Covid policy – what should you do if you or a pupil in your class displays symptoms? 

Where possible your agency or a school will prep you on all of this but if it’s a very last minute request for cover it could be a quick conversation as you head to the classroom for the day. 

Look confident (even if you don’t feel it) as pupils will pick up on your body language and you can set the tone for the day ahead. Schools want you to have a good day and to be a success on supply. Introduce yourself clearly to the class and set out your expectations of them (should they raise their hand to ask a question? What will you be covering today?).

Be on the ball, we probably all remember having supply teachers when we were at school…don’t let anyone think you’re a push over!

Top tips:

  • Have a supply ‘bag of tricks’ – some ready to go activities
  • Note down any questions you have – better to ask & then know than to guess
  • ‘Just believe in yourself. Even if you don’t, pretend that you do and, at some point, you will’ – Venus Williams

What should I wear on supply?

We’d recommend professional or business casual attire – a shirt or smart top and smart trousers/skirt and practical shoes (you might be on your feet for long periods). If you’re unsure err on the side of caution and go smarter. 

We would advise against wearing trainers or jeans unless expressly accepted at the school or appropriate for your role e.g. for a PE teacher trainers or sports kit would be required and SEN schools may have a more relaxed dress code – if there are specific requirements your agency should advise you at the time of booking you in to work.

Top tips:

  • If in doubt go smarter rather than more casual

If you’re in doubt on anything don’t be afraid to chat to your recruitment agent. I doubt there’s a question you can ask that hasn’t been asked before and there’s no detail too minor. They want you to succeed on supply, in fact their job depends on it, so work with them and ask if you need their support. It should feel like a partnership… you working for them and them working with you, if it doesn’t feel that way maybe it’s time to try a different agency!