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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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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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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Ask Us Anything on Reddit

Ask Us Anything on Reddit

CSES to host Ask Me Anything (AMA) event on 15 March 2021

In an exciting new development for CSES, we will be hosting an Ask Me Anything (AMA) event on Reddit.

If you are not familiar with the AMA format, it is where notable groups and individuals invite the community to ask them any question, which they will do their best to answer in near real-time.

LIVE link to Reddit:

Click here to find out more.

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STEM Ambassador Programme Launches Online Mentoring Scheme

The STEM Ambassador Programme, in partnership with Brightside charity, is launching a national online mentoring scheme to support young people who are interested in STEM.

Available from end of February to May 2021, the scheme pairs each young person with a STEM Ambassador volunteer who is ready to support them with exploring STEM career options, helping them to feel more confident about their future. The mentoring will take place flexibly, through a moderated messaging system and all STEM Ambassadors are DBS or PVG checked as standard. Register by 7 March.

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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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Festival Operations Officer opportunity at The British Science Association

The British Science Association is looking to recruit a talented and organised Festival Operations Officer to help us plan and deliver the British Science Festival 2021.

The British Science Festival is Europe’s longest-standing science festival which connects people with researchers from across the scientific spectrum.  It offers an inspiring programme of free events to the public over five days, attracting around 15,000 visitors. The talks, workshops and drop-in events span a diverse range of subjects that encompass science in the broadest sense.

Full-time (35 hours per week). Fixed-term contract terminating on 17 September 2021. Preferred start date: 6 April 2021.  

To apply, submit an application here. You will need to provide a CV and a covering letter. The closing date for applications is 23.59, Sunday 7 March 2021. First interviews are likely to take place on Wednesday 17 and Thursday 18 March 2021.

Main Duties:

  • Act as the main logistical point of contact for Festival event organisers/speakers.
  • Support the Events & Festival Operations Manager in building and managing the Festival Masterplan.
  • Recruit, train, and oversee the temporary Festival Assistants. 
  • Lead on Festival accommodation administration. 
  • Oversee the integrity of Festival-related data.
  • Coordinate the administration of the event’s Risk Assessment forms. 
  • Manage staff and goods transport (including staff travel bookings, coaches, parking facilities, supplier delivery details etc.) 
  • Monitor the Festival Inbox along with members of the Engagement Team. 
  • Attend meetings and site visits in Chelmsford in the run-up to the Festival. 
  • Support the Festival on-site event management and delivery as required.
  • Other duties as reasonably required by the line manager.

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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 Centenary Calendar

CSES Centenary Calendar

Featuring winning entries to our Centenary Photographic Competition

Konica Minolta

As you may know, last year we ran a photographic competition for students, which received some amazing entries.

We are delighted to announce that Konica Minolta very kindly agreed to sponsor a calendar with the shortlisted photographs.

The print version was unfortunately delayed due to the Covid-19 pandemic, but we are nonetheless very pleased to offer the calendars for sale now (cost covers postage and packaging).

Download PDF Download a free PDF copy of the calendar here.

Buy Now Click here to get your CSES Centenary Calendar for just £2.50 (minimum donation).

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