Southend Virtual Careers Fair

Southend Virtual Careers Fair

CSES exhibiting at virtual event hosted by The STEM Hub and Southend Borough Council

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The Southend Virtual Career Fair launches on Tuesday 4th May, showcasing a range of employers and career opportunities available in and around your local area. The fair has a number of different sections including; creative, construction, digital, engineering and advanced manufacturing, finance, health and social care, hospitality and leisure, and the public sector.


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A Great British Railway Journey... to Sandford Mill?

A Great British Railway Journey... to Sandford Mill?

By Tim Wander

Episode to be shown at 6:30 on Tuesday 4 May 2021 on BBC 2. Catch up on iPlayer.

A strange title in strange times. Many readers will know that the Museum's Sandford Mill site sits as one of 13 mills on the 13.8 mile-long Chelmer and Blackwater Navigation canal. This was opened in 1797, and connects Chelmsford with the tidal estuary of the River Blackwater at Heybridge Basin.

But it is a long way from the main Chelmsford railway station located on the Great Eastern Main Line that runs across the East of England. Westbound trains terminate at Liverpool Street and eastbound trains run to a number of destinations including Braintree, Clacton-on-Sea, Colchester Town, Ipswich and Norwich.

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The Buildings that Fought Hitler - Featuring Baddow Tower

The Buildings that Fought Hitler - Featuring Baddow Tower

UKTV's Specialist factual channel Yesterday is airing an eight part series on the buildings that helped fight Hitler. CSES's Chris Neale tells the series about Baddow Tower.

Airing every Monday from April 19th, The Buildings that Fought Hitler is an eight part series exploring the range of buildings, structures and engineering that would help defend Britain in the case of Nazi invasion.

Chris Neale, CSES's Programme Manager, helps present a segment describing the role that Baddow Tower, one of the original Chain Home Radar Towers, played in the defence of the country.

You can see Chris in episode 4, broadcast on Monday 10 May at 8pm. Catch up on UKTV Play.

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Trust Science: Help Make Essex Covid-Safe, A CSES Imagine! STEAM Competition

Trust Science: Help Make Essex Covid-Safe

A CSES Imagine! STEAM Competition

We are pleased to announce another online competition, hot on the heels of our CSES Imagine! Environmental Challenge and CSES Imagine! Plastic – Friend or Foe?

Vaccination is the only way that we are going to beat COVID-19 and get back to normal. But this only works if over 80% of people are vaccinated.

It is vital that the Covid-19 vaccination message is understood by your family and people who are worried, unsure, resist or reject being vaccinated.

Help us de-bunk myths, lies and fake news about the vaccine! If you are a primary, secondary or home-schooled pupil or student in Essex, CSES is challenging YOU to help beat Covid-19 and make Essex Covid-safe.

Imagine! how you would persuade people to get vaccinated. Design a poster or make your "call to action" Video and get your own message across. You could win a prize! And your video or poster will be published.

The deadline for entry is Friday 4 June 2021. Open to children and school students of all ages.

Read on to find out more about the competition and click here to register.

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CSES Needs You!

CSES Needs You!

Career development and volunteering opportunities with CSES

As it enters its centenary season, CSES (Chelmsford Science and Engineering Society) is looking for new volunteers to grow the core team and drive forward its recently launched strategy.

Are you looking for an opportunity to develop your career beyond the immediate day job? Perhaps you have some time to spare and would like to spend it supporting a local charity? Or do you enjoy volunteering for STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) education and would like to be more involved?

This is an excellent chance to make a real difference to our community. CSES volunteers actively contribute to, and influence, what goes on locally by representing a respected body and working with a wide range of other organisations, including local government, the education sector and businesses. It is also a chance to grow your network, whether personal or professional.

Remember: any time spent volunteering for CSES counts as Continuing Professional Development (CPD) and is a perfect complement – or coda (we know plenty of retired people enjoy this sort of thing!) – to a career in the STEAM or education sectors. We are already affiliated in some way with many local employers – and want to build relationships with more – working with us is good for your progression and employment prospects.

There are three specific areas where we are looking for more people:

Strategic development group

  • Seeking excellent career progression opportunity?
  • Passionate about the ‘big issues’ such as net-zero carbon and use of data / AI?
  • Help us to map out the major issues and bring the right private and public sector partners together to drive change within Essex.

Community partnerships and network

  • Want to make a difference to your local community at grassroots level?
  • Enjoy working with others and/or looking to make new connections?
  • Help us to build a network of similar organisations across Essex to share our resources and give the public wider visibility of events and activities.

Public engagement and educational events

  • Enjoy making things happen and running with new ideas?
  • Can you, for example, put together events, run projects and workshops, produce videos or come up with innovative ways of engaging online?
  • Help us to expand and diversify our programme for schools and for the public to bring science and technology to all.

Read on to find out more about each of these. We are also always looking for people who can help in a more ad hoc capacity with specific projects and events.

If you are at all interested or would like further information, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Electronic Engineer opportunity at CVC Components

CVC Components

CVC Components Ltd, formally known as The Chelmer Valve Co Ltd, are looking to recruit a new engineer.

Due to the increase of reverse-engineering work undertaken (currently subcontracted out), CVC Components has taken the decision to start a new in-house department.

Start date: ASAP. To apply, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with your CV and covering letter.

Main Duties

  • Analysing working and non-working samples, in order to rebuild a working PCB.
  • You must be able to perform functional testing, fault finding, reverse engineering and be able to repair a variety of Electronic PCBs.
  • Record failures and document any repair work undertaken.
  • Hand-assembly, final testing and packing of completed Electronic Systems.
  • Generating test results for in-house records and for accompanying customer deliveries.
  • Generating and amending test documentation as required.
  • Ensuring up-to-date calibration of test equipment.
  • Fault-finding to component level on PCBs.
  • You will be required to conduct basic board-level component training once a month for sales staff.

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CSES IMAGINE! Environmental Challenge

CSES Imagine! Environmental Challenge

Today, modern society suffers many forms of pollution, litter in our streets, fumes in our towns and plastic waste in the oceans.

CSES hopes to encourage the young people of Essex to become aware of the (mainly human) activities which result in this pollution and IMAGINE! ways in which the pollution can be reduced or eliminated, or circumventions can be put in place to reduce the risk to the environment or human health.

This first of several challenges invites pupils currently in Years 6 or 7, individually or in teams of up to four (please check Covid tier rules for your area before planning a team venture) to investigate the risks posed to people just by walking to school or through a particular area of their Town Centre.

Please register here if you would like to enter this competition.

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CSES Imagine! Plastic - Friend or Foe?

CSES Imagine! Plastic – Friend or Foe?

Imagine! the Future by exploring plastic in our lives!

Many people believe that environmentalism begins and ends at the recycling bin. Simply throwing something away into a large recycling bin is enough to make us feel like we've done our bit.

But the recycling process is much more problematic and recycling plastics is much less straight forward than many of us think. Apart from complying with local rules and regulations, recycling is a business and as such must be profitable. If there is no demand for reprocessed materials, nobody will recycle them and if the recycled product is not good quality, nobody will buy it. Consequently, we consumers play a much more important role than we might imagine!

It is vital that we all play our part to ensure our beauty spots are not destroyed by pollution and our town centres are not clogged up with litter.

This particular challenge is concerned with PLASTIC pollution. Enter the challenge to encourage your friends and family to RECYCLE, increase their involvement with their environment and become part of the CIRCULAR ECONOMY.

Please register here if you would like to enter this competition.

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