Added to Creative Stoke, 7th February 2011

Are you running a creative social enterprise or third sector organisation in Staffordshire? Staffordshire Probation Service is looking for fresh opportunities for offender placements. Full details are available here (PDF link).

Job:  Belgrave High School, in Tamworth, Staffordshire, requires a documentary filmmaker, or film making organisation. You will be a professional and established filmmaker or an organisation, and will bring the required investigative, creative and questioning skills of documentary film making to the school. Project delivery: February to July 2011. Budget: £10,000. Deadline for expressions of interest: 18th February 2011. Full details from Joy Carlyle at:

Birmingham City University is now inviting West Midlands game-making talent to apply for its Game Camps. Learn how to make videogame on one of BCU’s three Camps. These are: Gamer Camp Nano (make a game for the Apple App Store) which runs from 4th to 29th July 2011; Gamer Camp Mini (develop and publish PSP mini title) which runs from 20th June to 22nd August 2011; and Gamer Camp Pro (develop a console title in nine months) which runs from 26th September 2011 to 25th May 2012. Applications are invited now, so don’t delay. The Camps are supported by the likes of Blitz, Codemasters, Rare, Sony and Microsoft.

Jobs:  It’s National Apprenticeship Week, and the Learning and Skills Council’s main apprenticeship website has completely fallen over due to the huge surge in visitors — but you can search for current apprenticeship vacancies at their less well-known Apprenticeship Vacancy Matching Service website. Your editor had a go and quickly found that the family-owned Hawksworth Graphics & Print of Uttoxeter currently has a Signmaking Apprenticeship on offer. Application deadline: 16th Feb 2011.

As part of the National Apprenticeship Week, City & Guilds has launched a substantial new website, Million Extra which aims to place one million extra people into apprenticeships by 2013. A useful new website for recent graduates and businesses alike, it seems. The government has also announced an extra 100,000 apprenticeship places, mostly for the over 19s, and these will be limited to apprenticeships that have a serious chance of a real job at the end of them. So no sweeping up and tea-making, hopefully. More news on any creative industries opportunities arising from this soon.

Do you run a large organisation that needs to improve its handling and management of records and information? Do you need to think things through, before the salesmen and techies sink their teeth into your wallet? The Joint Information Services Committee (JISC) has launched a free downloadable Impact Evaluator that might prove useful. This automatically calculates the potential savings, based on your figures. The savings could be substantial. A 2010 YouGov report The Costs of Traditional Filing (PDF link) found that staff in an average firm…

“spend approx. 3 months a year looking for documents […] 87% of respondents spend up to 2 hours every day looking for documents”

Add to that the time your untrained staff waste looking for things online (professionals spend around 20% of their time looking for information, and they find what they are looking for less than half of the time), and there may be some serious efficiency savings to be made.

Jobs:  Two experienced museum curators are required down in South Staffordshire at the Black Country Living Museum (near Dudley). Application deadline: 25th February 2011. Full details at the BCLM website.


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