Careers and Employability Vacancy Advertising Policy - Employers and Recruitment Agencies

Last updated: July 2017

Careers and Employability aims to process vacancy advertisements within five working days. We reserve the right not to advertise opportunities which we believe are not in the best interest of our students and graduates. Not all eventualities can be covered within this vacancy advertising policy and each vacancy received will be assessed on an individual basis. We reserve the right to edit any vacancy to ensure that it is clear and concise. When adding a vacancy to CareerHub, it will be visible to all University of Chester students and recent graduates.

To obtain this policy in an alternative format, e.g. in large print, on audio tape, in Braille or on different coloured paper, please contact a member of the Careers and Employability team.

GENERAL REQUIREMENTS FOR EMPLOYERS ADVERTISING VACANCIES TO STUDENTS/ GRADUATES

When using our vacancy advertising service we require you to:

Provide us with complete and accurate information about the vacancy. If you have not already registered on CareerHub, we will require you to do this before uploading your vacancy.

We require:

  • A brief description of your organisation, including a postal address, landline telephone number and email address
  • The job title
  • The number of positions available, i.e. the number of people you are hoping to appoint to this vacancy
  • *The salary/wage per hour (we would encourage you not to use the term ‘competitive’ as this can cause fewer students/graduates to apply. Instead use a salary scale, i.e. 20-25K or an hourly rate. ‘TBC’ or ‘N/A’ will not be accepted
  • The contract type, i.e. permanent/temporary
  • The hours required, i.e. full-time, part-time or casual (we will not advertise part-time work aimed at current students which exceeds 20 hours per week during term time)
  • The location of the job
  • A brief summary about the role which will display in search results
  • A detailed person specification
  • Qualifications required (if appropriate)
  • Details of how you would like interested students/graduates to apply (n.b. an application form can be uploaded if this is the preferred application method)
  • A website address, or other contact details, where applicants can obtain further details about the vacancy

Dates:

  • the closing date for applications
  • the starting date for the role
  • the date you wish the vacancy to be published (this information will be requested on step 5 of 5)

Please ensure when advertising your vacancies, and conducting the selection process, that you comply with all applicable employment, data protection and equal opportunities legislation.

To encourage trust in your available roles from job seeking candidates, we would advise all employers to register their company with the free police commissioned service ‘SaferJobs’ and to state your membership on each vacancy posted.

We will not advertise vacancies that to our knowledge:

  • Discriminate on the basis of gender, age, race, disability, religion, gender re-assignment, marital status or civil partnership, pregnancy/maternity or sexual orientation
  • Do not comply with the National Minimum Wage, National Living Wage, or other employment legislation for UK vacancies
  • Are commission-only vacancies which are not guaranteed to meet the minimum wage
  • Require the applicant to disclose their bank or building society details before being appointed
  • Require the applicant to make any form of upfront financial investment
  • Are placed by private individuals and involve working in a private household
  • Are connected to ‘pyramid’ style selling schemes
  • Are connected to the sex/adult industry
  • Have company information which is incomplete, such as missing address, nature of company, contact details etc.
  • Involve students undertaking academic work for other students
  • Have misleading and incomplete job descriptions
  • Represent an undue health or safety risk
  • Are connected to brand promotion/brand ambassador roles on University of Chester campuses

INTERNSHIPS, WORK EXPERIENCE AND PLACEMENTS

Paid internships and placements:

We will advertise paid internships and paid work experience/placements.

Sandwich placements:

The University of Chester currently only supports paid year-long sandwich placements for students who are part of the Business Faculty (this includes courses in Marketing, Finance, Events, Tourism, Business Management and Business Studies). When sandwich placements suitable for these students are added to CareerHub we will notify the placement team within the University who will promote the opportunity further to this contingent. Alternatively, to contact the placement team directly please email Vikki Brockhurst at v.brockhurst@chester.ac.uk.

Currently, Sandwich placements aimed at other disciplines can still be advertised but applicants who are not part of the business programme will need to take a ‘year out’ and lose their student status to take part in this type of activity. It is therefore unlikely that sandwich placements will be of interest to most students at our institution.

Unpaid opportunities:

  • Unpaid, short-term placements (5 week placements for 2nd year students in April/May) are advertised by, and can be discussed with, our Work Based Learning team.
  • Other unpaid opportunities will only be considered if they are part of a work experience requirement for one of our academic programmes and they are encouraged by the related faculty. All opportunities of this type will be considered at our discretion.

RECRUITMENT AGENCIES

Careers and Employability will advertise vacancies for recruitment agencies providing that the name of the employing organisation is disclosed, in confidence, to us. Opportunities advertised on behalf of recruitment agencies where client details are not disclosed will not be advertised.

VOLUNTARY WORK IN THE UK

Opportunities for voluntary work in the UK are advertised by the Volunteering and Mentoring team within Student Futures. For further details please contact student.skills@chester.ac.uk or call 01244 511552.

OVERSEAS OPPORTUNITIES

Overseas volunteering:

  • Careers and Employability will not advertise overseas voluntary opportunities. We do however have the following links on our website, www.do-it.org.uk and www.prospects.ac.uk/work_experience_volunteering.htm to which students/graduates are referred. Careers and Employability does not officially recommend or endorse any of the organisations listed on these websites.
  • Overseas voluntary organisations who contact Careers and Employability to request a stand on campus will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis. A response will only be provided after the organisation has been fully researched. Careers and Employability can also, at our discretion, invite such organisations onto campus for talks, career stands or career fairs.

Other overseas opportunities:

  • The only overseas opportunities that are advertised are full-time, graduate jobs.
  • We do not advertise overseas summer work schemes or similar opportunities. However, Careers and Employability will allow these organisations onto campus to promote their opportunities on a case-by-case basis. A response will only be provided after the organisation has been fully researched. For those organisations admitted onto campus, opportunities will still not be advertised, but at our discretion we may allow promotional materials to be left at our Information Point. Careers and Employability can also, at our discretion, invite such organisations onto campus for talks, career stands or career fairs.
  • We do not advertise ‘work abroad’ schemes which are aimed at students working abroad while studying. These schemes are not applicable to the programmes which the University of Chester offer.
  • Because the University of Chester is a TEFL provider, we do not advertise roles related to acquiring TEFL qualifications or allow them onto campus to promote their opportunities.

FEEDBACK

If you have any comments, questions or complaints about the vacancy service provided by Careers and Employability, please email employers@chester.ac.uk or call 01244 513066.

Relevant websites:

National Minimum Wage https://www.gov.uk/browse/working/tax-minimum-wage

Equality Act 2010 http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/2010/15/conten...

Equality and Human Rights Commission http://www.equalityhumanrights.com/

Business Disability Forum http://www.businessdisabilityforum.org.uk/

Recruiting International Students https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/uk-vis...

http://www.ukcisa.org.uk/