Careers and volunteering

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Looking for local career opportunities? Would you like to be more involved with CSES or STEM volunteering?

Read on for job vacancies, voluntary roles, training and other professional development opportunities.

If you're just starting on your career, check out our careers and work experience pages for general advice and information from local employers.

If you'd like to volunteer for CSES or the education sector generally

  1. Become a member of CSES.
  2. Register as a STEM Ambassador.
  3. Get in touch with us directly if you'd like to work with us.

Any time spent volunteering counts as Continuing Professional Development (CPD).
Refer to your professional institution or the Engineering Council for details of CPD requirements, if applicable.

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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Raspberry Jam STEAM Festival – call out for volunteers

Raspberry Jam STEAM Festival – call out for volunteers

Calling all technologists, coders, STEM ambassadors, graduates and hobbyists!

As part of Future City and Essex 2020, Southend Tech is organising the Raspberry Jam STEAM Festival – a programme of online events taking place over half term.

Southend Tech are looking for volunteers that can deliver talks or presentations (5, 15 or 50 mins), run workshops, show interesting tech or coding projects and to take part in or shout about the festival in general.

Perhaps you are from industry and have some cutting edge tech to show off, maybe you're a hardcore hobbyist with an innovative home project or skills to share.

The festival aims to cater for a range of audiences so your activity could be pitched at beginners, children/families, girls only, those with advanced skills or adult only.

All talks and workshops will be delivered online between Oct 24th and Nov 1st, mostly via Zoom. Sessions can take place morning, afternoon or evening (Southend Tech can plan around your availability).

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Volunteers sought for Communicating Connections

Volunteers and participants sought for Communicating Connections

Can you help with Essex Record Office's oral history project?

'Communicating Connections' is an oral history based community heritage project funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund, with contributions from Essex 2020 and the Friends of Historic Essex. It will explore the heritage of the Marconi Company, a telecommunications and engineering company based in Chelmsford, by collecting and archiving oral history interviews with past employees of the company. Chelmsford is known locally as the 'birthplace of radio', so we want to share this heritage with the local and wider community.

We're still looking for oral history interviewers and interviewees.

Full training in oral history interviewing will be provided by the Oral History Society and further support will be available throughout the project so there's no need for prior oral history experience.

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More FREE Digital Skills Training – this time by Google

More FREE Digital Skills Training – this time by Google

We are pleased to inform you that due to the success of the Facebook Digital Skills workshop, our partners Braintree District Council are now hosting a Google Digital Garage! This opportunity is also open to anyone.

Get new skills for a digital world! Braintree District Council are partnering with Google Digital Garage to offer FREE training to help grow your career or business.

Join the session at Colchester Institute (Braintree Campus) on Tuesday 17 December and take part in up to three workshops.

Register now for your FREE place via Eventbrite. This is an opportunity not to be missed: tickets are limited to 60 per session.

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Network and Systems Engineer Job Opportunity at SEA-KIT

SEA-KIT is an Essex based company focusing on the development of Uncrewed Surface Vessels (USVs). Based in Tollesbury, the have developed a leading solution to remotely map under the sea. Their solution won the Shell Ocean Discovery X-Prize and recently completed a three week mapping mission in the Atlantic. SEA-KIT are currently looking for a network and systems engineer to join their team. The full job description can be found below.

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FREE Digital Skills Training by Facebook

FREE Digital Skills Training by Facebook

We are pleased to advise that our partners, Braintree District Council, are working with Facebook to deliver a FREE Digital Skills training course in November in Braintree. Details are below and bookings can be made on the Eventbrite page. This event is open to anyone and we look forward to seeing you there!

Are you equipped with the digital and soft skills necessary to thrive in the new economy?

Whether you are a start-up founder, executive, manager, employee or student who is about to begin your journey into the world of work, the skills you need to prosper and thrive in today’s digital world have changed.

New technology is being developed at lightning speeds and yet the growth of the necessary digital and soft skills has not kept pace with the ever-accelerating digital economy. This digital skills gap could cost the UK economy £141 billion in GDP growth according to Accenture.

Great news! The FREE Digital Skills Workshop by Facebook (in partnership with Buzzstart Academy) is coming to Braintree Campus on Tuesday 19th November to help equip you with some of the fundamental digital skills needed in the new economy and you are invited!

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