In the next post in our Sector Spotlight on Health and Beauty, we hear from Keri Brandish who is a self-employed Hairdresser at The Peedie Salon, and Lecturer in Hairdressing (Course Lead) at Orkney College UHI.
Keri discovered a love for hairdressing while undertaking a Skills for Work course while still at school. At 16, she secured a job with a salon where she worked while also undertaking training south through block release. Throughout her career, Keri has undertaken different training and qualifications, developed her skills and taken on new challenges, which led her to becoming a Lecturer at Orkney College, which she now does alongside her hairdressing.
Here, Keri tells her a bit about both of her roles.
Here are this week's Jobs of the Week, which include a range of seasonal, part-time and permanent opportunities. You can check out the latest vacancies, including how and where to apply by clicking on the link below.
If you would like to learn more about the range of careers available within different industries in Orkney, we have a 'Careers In...' section on our website that you should check out.
As we continue our Sector Spotlight on the Health and Beauty industry in Orkney, we have spoken to Inga Cooper who owns Image, and is a Beauty Therapist and Body Piercer.
Inga’s interest in beauty therapy started with painting nails at two years old, she then trained as a Beauty Therapist and set up her own business from home before working on cruise ships. She then got the chance to take over an existing business in Orkney, which she now runs.
In today’s Sector Spotlight on Health and Beauty we hear from Kirsten Sinclair, who is a Podiatrist and business owner.
After school, Kirsten studied Podiatry in Edinburgh and once qualified, worked for NHS Orkney. After starting her family and not wanting to return to work full-time, she set up her own business which gave her the freedom to fit work around her family’s needs. Now that her children are older, Kirsten has been able to focus on growing her business and recently opened the Hygge Clinic, which offers a variety of therapies including podiatry, sports therapy and counselling.
This week's Sector Spotlight is on Health and Beauty. In the first of our interviews, we have spoken to Carol Evans, a Skincare Formulator and the Owner of Orkney Organics. Her career journey has included working in shops, an office, a local jewellery firm and working with people with learning disabilities. Carol turned a lifetime interest in organic skincare into her own business.
The Orkney International Science Festival are looking for young people to join their team of volunteers at this year’s Family Day. Held on Saturday 7 September 2019, at Kirkwall Grammar School, the Family Day is a highlight of the annual festival and offers fun activities for all ages to try.
The festival committee are looking for volunteers to help out on the day in various roles. You can either help with general tasks; by supporting particular activities or helping the team serving refreshments.
Joan Mackie, who is organising the Family Day, said: “At last year’s festival, we welcomed a number of young people as helpers and facilitators of events for the Year of Young People. They were a great addition to our team, so this year we are looking for more young people to help out, particularly at the Family Day.
“There are a range of volunteering opportunities available which suit a variety of interests and skill sets. We would welcome any young person who is interested in helping out and developing their skills by volunteering with us. You don’t need to have an interest in science, we are just looking for enthusiastic people to help us on the day.”
Volunteers will need to be aged 16 years and over and training will be given. Anyone volunteering must be available from 10am-4pm on Saturday 7 September 2019.
If you are interested in helping out at this year’s Family Fun Day, please contact Joan.Mackie@btinternet.com.
For more information on the Orkney International Science Festival visit their website, here.
As part of our Sector Spotlight on NHS Orkney, we spoke to Rhiannon Phillips who is a Primary Care Facilitator. After completing an HNC in Business Management, she struggled to get a job due to lack of experience, however working for the Admin Bank at NHS Orkney led to a full-time role and opportunities to develop herself further through work-based learning.
Here are this week's Jobs of the Week, which include a few opportunity for part-time work, or flexible hours to fit in with your other commitments. You can check out the jobs, including where and how to apply, at the link below.
If you're updating your CV to apply for a job, you may be struggling to write a personal statement. You can find some useful advice, here.
As part of our Sector Spotlight on NHS Orkney, we spoke to Sarah Rendall, Facilities Support Officer. Sarah started her NHS career with a Relief position on the Switchboard, this lead to a chance to take on an Admin role before she moved into Facilities and her current role.
As part of our Sector Spotlight on NHS Orkney, we have spoken to Karen Spence, Public Health Administration Manager. Karen joined NHS Orkney in 2010 in a role in the Switchboard. She has undertake various roles in the organisation, developing her skills and undertaking additional qualifications. She is currently studying for a Graduate Apprenticeship in Business Management.
As part of our Sector Spotlight on NHS Orkney, we have spoken to Martha Gill, who is a Community Island Nurse. Originally from Australia, Martha undertook her BA Nursing in Glasgow before returning to Australia where she undertook a variety of roles within home care and Primary Care, which is community based, while also undertaking a post-graduate qualification in Nursing Practice. She then moved to Orkney to undertake her current role.
As part of our Sector Spotlight on NHS Orkney, we have spoken to Angus Rafferty who is a Recruitment Officer. After completing a degree in Applied Geology, Angus moved to Orkney and began working with NHS Orkney as an Administration Assistant. He then completed a Modern Apprenticeship through Orkney College UHI, before moving into his current role.
Here are this week’s Jobs of the Week, which include an opportunity to help out at the County Show and earn some extra money while everyone else is spending them at the showies!
For more details about how to apply for this week’s jobs, click on the link below.
If you decide to apply for any job, you will more than likely have to get through a job interview. We have lots of interview tips and guidance on the different types of interview you may encounter on our website, here. You can also learn about the STAR technique, which is helpful for a competency based interview.
As part of our Sector Spotlight on NHS Orkney, we spoke to Neva Spence, Dental Nurse. Neva became a Trainee Dental Nurse with a local practice when she returned to work after having her family. Once qualified, she applied for a post with the NHS and now works with the Oral Surgeons.
As part of our Sector Spotlight on NHS Orkney, we have spoken to Mandy Ward, who is the Facilities Manager at Balfour Hospital. Mandy began her career in Hospitality before working as an office temp, which led her to NHS Orkney. She got a permanent role in the Finance Department, before moving into Estates where she was given the chance to develop her role and gain some work-based qualifications.
As part of our Sector Spotlight on NHS Orkney, we have spoken to Amanda Manson, who is a Specialist Cardiac Nurse. Amanda knew she wanted to be a Nurse when she left school. After training in Orkney and Aberdeen, plus 15 years working in hospitals south, she returned home to work for NHS Orkney.
Our Sector Spotlight campaign has returned for the summer holidays. Following the opening of the new Balfour Hospital, we will be focusing on the range of clinical and non-clinical careers available within NHS Orkney and - due to the number of jobs within the NHS - we will be shining a spotlight on this sector for the next two weeks.
For our first Sector Spotlight on NHS Orkney, we have spoken to Lizzie Morris, Medical Records Officer.
Lizzie first started with NHS Orkney on a work placement, which helped her secure a permanent job with the organisation. She has undertaken different roles in the organisation and has completed two Modern Apprenticeships while employed with NHS Orkney.
Here are this week's Jobs of the Week. You can view the jobs currently available in Orkney and find out where to apply in the link below.
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The Orkney and Shetland Valuation Joint Board are offering an exciting opportunity for someone to join them as a Graduate Apprentice.
A Graduate Apprenticeship gives the successful applicant a chance to study for an Honours Degree while in paid full-time employment.
The vacancy is for a Valuer to join the team in Orkney, and is being offered in partnership with Edinburgh Napier University and Skills Development Scotland. The successful applicant will be supported to complete a BSc (Hons) Construction and Built Environment through block release study at Edinburgh Napier University, starting in August 2019.
This is a really exciting opportunity for someone to gain a degree while continuing to live and work in Orkney.
For more details about the vacancy and details of where to apply, visit apprenticeships.scot.
Orkney College are offering a new Engineering course which provides a great training opportunity for anyone looking to start a career in engineering, or could enable those already working in this area to develop skills to help them progress further.
The latest issue of our Employer's Newsletter has been published.
This issue includes an update on changes we have made to the work placement process, gives an update on an employer event we hosted in May and invites you to get involved with our #NoWrongPath campaign in August.
You can read the latest newsletter at the below link.