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Skills, Apprenticeships & Careers: The latest vacancies and opportunities across Gloucestershire

There has never been a more challenging time to find a new job or get on the career ladder.

Whether you are looking for a new role, an apprenticeship or a first job, Punchline is here to help.

We will add vacancies for jobs and apprenticeships daily here.

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Friday, March 5

Vacancy #140 - Sales executive

Company: Heritage Automotive

Location: Cheltenham

Heritage Automotive is looking for a driven and enthusiastic sales executive to meet current levels of demand at Jaguar Land Rover Cheltenham.


• Delivering on volume and profitability targets

• Advising customers of products and services where applicable

• Ordering and handing over vehicles for customers

• Completing relevant documentation in line with legislation and manufacturer protocols

• Maintain the highest levels of showroom presentation

The successful person will:

• Be target driven

• Be an effective communicator, able to build rapport quickly

• Act with integrity at all times

• Be comfortable working with technology such as iPads and industry apps

• Be an ambassador for the brand and Heritage Automotive

• Hold a valid UK drivers license for a minimum of 3 years

Previous motor trade experience isn't essential, but the candidate should have a sales or customer service background and enjoy performing at the highest levels.

For more information contact 

Apply for the job with CV and covering letter here.  

Vacancy #139 - Venue sales manager

Company: Gloucester Rugby

Location: Gloucester

Ends: 20th March

Gloucester Rugby is looking for a highly organised venue sales manager.


• Delivery of the venues sales KPIs and monthly budget

• Management of the sales co-ordinator and events co-ordinator

• Maximising bookings by increasing availability over booking platforms

• To report weekly revenue and successes to line manager

• To forecast on a six month rolling basis, highlighting any risks and proposals for recovery

• To keep in line with yearly budget

• To be proactive in sourcing new business opportunities and growing existing clients

• To manage all proactive and marketing campaigns

Skills and experience:

• Experience of working in a similar role within the hospitality industry

• Experienced people manager

• Knowledge of the local area and well connected within the business community

• National knowledge of the MICE industry

• Minimum 12 months' experience in a conference and events sales office

• Understanding of one of the following booking systems: NFS, EMBS, Delphi or Opera

• Good organisational and administration skills

• Strong attention to detail

To apply, please submit a current CV and covering letter to 

Thursday, March 4

Vacancy #138 - Construction apprenticeships

Company: EG Carter

Location: Gloucester

Ends: 31st March

EG Carter is offering a range of apprenticeships in trades and management.

The company offers a range of full-time structured training programmes, with short and long-term career paths.

Programmes vary in duration from three to seven years, depending on chosen vocation.

Sponsored enrolment on day release courses allows individuals to achieve professional qualifications whilst achieving first hand practical skills and experience.

EG Carter has achieved great success through its apprenticeship programmes. Many of its longest serving and most experienced employees began their professional career on the programme, and continue to develop aspiring futures within the company.

The four year management trainee scheme offers:

• Individual training programmes tailored for each candidate including a range of on site and office based experience

• Achieve a BTEC Level 3 in Construction and the Built Environment qualification

• Achieve an HNC in Construction and the Built Environment qualification

• Opportunity to attend degree course

The three year trade apprenticeship scheme offers:

• Site based working alongside experienced tradesmen in chosen vocation

• Achieve Level 3 City and Guilds or similar qualification

• Career aspiration and progression opportunities into management positions

More information available here.  

Apply by CV and covering letter to 

Vacancy #137 - Commercial finance manager

Company: Gloucestershire College

Location: Gloucester

Salary: £32,000 - £40,000

Gloucestershire College is looking for a driven and dynamic commercial finance manager to join its professional services team.

The purpose of this role is to be a link between finance and the functional areas of the college, taking a commercial approach and challenging where the college's objectives are not being furthered.

Reporting directly to the CFO and overseeing a small team, the position is ideal for a part qualified/ qualified accountant/ business partner who is passionate about the education sector.

Key duties will include driving the agenda through coordinating cross channel financial plans in each area, ensuring that financial planning and reporting methodology is best in class, providing new ideas for improving the planning process and identifying risk/ opportunities in respect of income and surplus.

The candidate will take a lead on bids for new contracts and commercial opportunities, implement processes and prepare analysis to facilitate the regular reforecast of sales, contribution and net profit for each business area. They will ensure strong cost control and seek efficiencies, capital forecast and design business case process, financial modelling and revenue streams to understand inform pricing, along with profitability analysis and interacting with senior managers to provide strategic support. They will support the financial controller with the design and facilitate the financial planning and reporting process, along with being knowledgeable about the wider commercial factors relating to the business.

The successful candidate will have experience within a similar role, part-qualified/ qualified CIMA/ACCA/ACA or equivalent, with experience producing financial analysis and reports, managing budgets and preparing business cases and customer proposals.

It would be advantageous but not essential to have an understanding of the education sector and experience leading/ managing a small team.

To apply for the job, forward your current CV here.  

Wednesday, March 3

Vacancy #136 - Property manager

Company: Lifestyle Outlets

Location: Gloucester

Lifestyle Outlets (Gloucester Quays) is looking for a passionate property manager to join its team.

The candidate must be MRICS qualified, have excellent communication skills, previous experience as a commercial property manager, knowledge of up-to-date relevant legislation, MRI knowledge (desirable) and be IOSH or NEBOSH qualified (desirable).

The candidate will provide high quality, effective and efficient services to the occupiers of Gloucester Quays and the historic Gloucester Docks. They will be responsible for the delivery of all property management services.

This candidate will work closely with other departments and advisors, including asset management, finance, operations and central services.

Apply for the job here.  

Vacancy #135 - Buyer

Company: Macfarlane Packaging

Location: Gloucester

Salary: £22,000 - £24,000

Macfarlane, the UK's largest packaging distributor, is looking an experienced buyer to start work ASAP with its procurement team.

The buyer role is integral to the overall success of the business. The candidate will be instrumental in helping to coordinate the management and development of the regional supplier base.

Key responsibilities:

• Managing a large portfolio of suppliers

• Sourcing and negotiating with existing suppliers, challenging prices where relevant

• Ensuring supplies adhere to quality, service, and best practise initiatives

• Managing performance of the supplier base

• Assisting with tendering activity, product enquiries and ad-hoc project work

• Purchasing of standard and non-standard stock items

• Carrying out supplier benchmarking activities

• Reporting and statistical analysis

• Upholding procurement strategy

• Maximising profitability and minimising risk to the business

• Undertaking stock control and administration activities

Macfarlane welcomes applications from candidates with a minimum of a year's commercial buying experience.

The candidate will have strong communication and negotiation skills with the ability to perform under pressure and fulfil exacting timeframes. They will also have excellent interpersonal skills to help them work effectively with a wide range of colleagues and departments.

Apply for the job here. 

Tuesday, March 2

Vacancy #134 - Software engineering apprentice

Company: BAE Systems

Location: Gloucester

BAE Systems is looking for apprentices to join its unique National Security Academy.

The apprenticeship is designed to give candidates the confidence and technical capability to support customers' mission to deliver a safer future for the UK. Apprentices will be provided with the tools, training and support they need to become a software engineer in the national security sector, whilst gaining a Level 4 Apprenticeship in Software Engineering.

BAE Systems is recruiting diverse teams of future software engineers. Candidates may have some work experience in IT, they might be a STEM or arts graduate looking to apply their degree in technology, a non-graduate with a passion for IT or a more experienced professional looking to kickstart a new career in software engineering.

For candidates looking for a rewarding career in the national security sector, making the world a safer place, the National Security Academy could be the right choice.

As they progress through the Academy, BAE Systems will support them through the UK security clearance process, allowing them to work on more sensitive projects for UK government.

A cohort of 18 apprentices will receive world class training in the latest software engineering languages and approaches - including Java and JavaScript development, software testing, DevOps and cloud computing.

On completion of the initial four month training phase, they will move into permanent roles in Gloucester, London or Manchester.

Register your interest here.  

Monday, March 1

Vacancy #133 - Healthcare support workers

Company: Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Location: Gloucester/ Cheltenham

Salary: £10,132 to £19,530

Ends: 10th March

Gloucestershire Hospital NHS Foundation Trust is looking for healthcare support workers.

Are you looking for a career in healthcare? Never worked in care but always had a strong passion for caring for people? Have you recently lost your job due to the current Covid pandemic? Do you want to develop your career, with an option for an apprenticeship? Working as a healthcare support worker may be the right opportunity for you.

Healthcare support workers (HCSW) are dedicated to delivering the best care to the people of Gloucestershire and beyond.

Responsibilities include:

• Communicating with patients

• Working under the supervision of a registered nurse/ midwife

• Washing and dressing patients

• Taking and electronically recording patients' physiological observations ie temperature, pulse, respiration rate, blood pressure, weight, blood sugar levels

• Making and cleaning beds and patients bed areas

• Serving meals and assisting feeding patients

• Talking and listening to patients

• Dealing with all bodily fluids

• Caring for end of life patients

The ideal candidate will be:

• Kind, caring and compassionate

• Friendly and approachable

• Enthusiastic and motivated

• Able to use own initiative

• Flexible and adaptable to work in demanding and fast paced environments

Part time and full time contracts are available, but all candidates must be able to cover shifts including days, nights, weekends and bank holidays.

Two pathways are available - an apprenticeship route and a permanent position as a HCSW. Full and comprehensive training will be offered to both pathways. Apprentices have a more structured training programme and after successful completion will obtain a nationally recognised qualification.

Apply for the job here. 

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Friday, February 26

Vacancy #132 - Weekend care assistant

Company: Home Instead

Location: Tewkesbury

Salary: £10 - £22 per hour

Ends: 11th March

Home Instead is looking for weekend CAREGivers to work in Tewkesbury and the surrounding areas.

CAREGivers can help provide a variety of non-medical services that allow clients to remain in their own homes and enhance the quality of their lives.

Home Instead is passionate about care. It puts its staff and clients first in everything it does. Home Instead will provide job security and will support staff throughout their career.

There are also a number of other weekend and evening CAREGiver roles available in Cheltenham, Bishops Cleeve and Cirencester.

Apply for the job here. 

Vacancy #131 - Trainee solicitors

Company: BPE

Location: Cheltenham

Ends: 31st March

Applications are now open for the 2022 intake of trainee solicitors at BPE.

BPE knows what it takes to run a successful business - and that's why it has so many successful businesses as clients.

BPE's open plan office means that partners, trainee solicitors and support staff work alongside each other. They learn from each other and enjoy being part of a dynamic, entrepreneurial team. They relish a challenge, and enjoy working with the most demanding clients, ranging from high-growth SMEs to blue chip Plcs.

Each team provides an exciting and stimulating training environment. Training will be wide ranging, intensive and well balanced.

BPE adopts a flexible approach to training. If a trainee suspects commercial property may be their eventual specialisation or they have a passion for corporate work, BPE will try to accommodate that.

Trainees will be encouraged to meet clients and take on their own caseload. They will be given the opportunity to enjoy a hands-on approach from a very early stage.

The firm makes the most of any opportunity to get together and have fun and there will be plenty of opportunities to get to know colleagues outside work.

The firm takes its corporate social responsibility seriously and trainees will be encouraged to get involved in fundraising for the nominated charity of the year and supported to undertake a voluntary role in the community.

If you want to work with some of the leading businesses in the South West, BPE wants to hear from you.

Contact HR Manager Amanda Coleman at for more information or download the application form here.  

Thursday, February 25

Vacancy #130 - Front office manager

Company: Queens Hotel

Location: Cheltenham

Salary: £25,000

The Queens Hotel MGallery is looking for a front office manager.

This is a great opportunity in a beautiful property, which is part of the Mgallery Hotel Collection.

The candidate will play a fundamental role in ensuring the hotel provides memorable customer service to its visitors.

To apply for this job, send your CV to

Vacancy #129 - Apprentice digital marketer

Company: Superdry

Location: Cheltenham

Salary: £15,015

Ends: 5th March

Superdry is recruiting for an apprentice digital marketer.

The company is working in partnership with accredited colleges, allowing it to recruit and develop apprentices in a variety of head office departments.

The candidate will be enrolled onto an 18 month Level 3 digital marketer apprenticeship, with the potential for further study beyond this

This is a permanent contract - the candidate will be guaranteed a role at the end of their studies.

The candidate will understand the principles of search engine optimisation (SEO), email marketing, web analytics, mobile apps and pay-per-click (PPC) and how these can work together through:

• Learning and applying basic marketing principles

• Understanding the customer lifecycle and the role of customer relationship marketing

• Working effectively to deliver digital marketing campaigns

• Understanding the main components of digital and social media strategies

• Responding to the business environment and business issues related to digital marketing and customer needs

Skills and experience:

• An excellent communicator with great organisational skills

• A good verbal and written communicator, who is able to adapt their tone and writing style to align with the culture

• Up for a challenge and proactive to solve problems

• Able to work under process with focus to meet deadlines

• Able to foster strong working relationships within the team and with cross functional team members

• Ability to work independently and to take responsibility

• Organised with the ability to manage multiple campaigns simultaneously

• Someone who has previous experience working in retail or interested in fashion

• studies

Apply for the job here.  

Wednesday, February 24

Vacancy #128 - Weekend warehouse operatives

Company: Gardiners

Location: Gloucester

Gardiners is currently recruiting for permanent warehouse operatives to join its weekend shift.

Gardiners is the UK's leading distributor of global footwear and workwear brands to the retail trade. It is a family-owned company established in 1860, with over 160 years of experience and over 5,000 product lines.

The candidate must be hard working and flexible. They must be capable of manual work, lifting boxes of a maximum weight of approx. 25kg. They will need to be able to read and speak English and have basic maths and number recognition.

Responsibilities include:

• Picking orders from current stock to fulfil customer orders

• Packing orders efficiently, maintaining company standards and meeting any specific requirements of the customer

• Appropriately replacing stock in both picking and bulk storage areas

• Assisting with the physical unloading of stock arriving from suppliers, as well as moving stock from one location to another within the business

• Completing delivery and carriage documents when appropriate, ensuring customer delivery address and specific delivery instructions are accurate

Experience of working in a warehouse would be desirable, but not essential.

Shifts will be Saturday 1pm-5.30pm and Sunday 1pm-7pm.

To apply for this job, email CV and a covering letter outlining salary expectations to 

Tuesday, February 23

Vacancy #127 - Head of logistics and warehousing

Company: ProCook

Location: Gloucester

ProCook is looking for a head of logistics and warehousing to join the team.

The candidate must have experience working in warehouses.

The role will include defining and implementing warehouse systems developments, alongside planning for the warehouse requirements, including space, people and equipment.

For more information on this senior role in a growing business and a full job specification, contact 

Vacancy #126 - Client solutions analyst

Company: SpinMe

Location: Cheltenham

SpinMe is looking for a client solutions analyst to help deliver key projects to clients.

This role will involve working on projects for new and existing clients.

Travel to client sites, including international travel, will be required from time-to-time. A willingness and ability to travel are important requirements for the role, along with a valid passport when travel restrictions are lifted.

This is a great opportunity for a candidate to work in a dynamic, passionate, and growing team, where their input is valued and can shape the company's approach to client projects.


• Act as the primary project manager point of contact for the technical implementation of SpinMe Studio of new customers, as well as the expansion and maintenance of the company's solution of existing customers

• Thorough understanding of SpinMe's products and how they fit into client organisations and their processes

• Help deliver against valuable short-term objectives to keep new and ongoing projects on track

• Support account managers by liaising with clients regarding technical matters related to client projects

• Act as the internal 'voice of the customer', by gathering and prioritising user feedback, translating ideas and obstacles into actionable, development requests

• Contribute ideas to the design of new software features based on client requirements, working in conjunction with the software development team.

Skills and experience:

• Excellent problem solving, oral and written communication skills

• Strong project management skills

• Ability to understand and document client requirements

• Ability to write project plans and technical documentation

• Experience working on commercial projects such as software implementation and integration is highly desirable

• Broad understanding of software systems

• Degree in business, project management or similar

To apply for the job, email CV and cover letter to 

Monday, February 22

Vacancy #124 - Operations administrator

Company: Active Gloucestershire

Location: Gloucester

Salary: £20,000 pro rata

Ends: 5th March

Active Gloucestershire is looking for a part-time (18.75 hours per week) operations administrator.

The operations administrator has a central role providing support to the staff and operations team.

The role would suit someone who is:

• Organised with good attention to detail

• Able to work as part of a multi-skilled team

• Experienced in the use of office applications

• Customer-focused, friendly and welcoming

• Experienced in, or willing to learn how to undertake, basic finance tasks

• Interested in a diverse role with a range of tasks

There is some flexibility around working hours but includes occasional early evening work.

For further information email 

To apply for the job, download and complete the application form here and return to 

Friday, February 19

Vacancy #123 - Vehicle technician

Company: Gloucester SEAT

Location: Gloucester

Gloucester SEAT is looking for a vehicle technician to join the team.


• Service and repair of customer vehicles

• Diagnosing faults and finding a prompt and accurate resolution

• Using the latest technology to inform the customer of work completed and work needed on vehicles

• Maintaining high levels of workshop safety and cleanliness

• Operating in a manner which best uses resources and disposes of waste responsibly

• Promoting products and services where applicable

Skills and experience:

• Understand the importance of accurate and through work standards

• Hold an NVQ L3 in motor vehicle repair or similar

• Have a genuine enthusiasm for the brand

• Be able to manage time effectively and work without direction

• Have an eye for detail

The candidate is eligible for a £1,500 signing-on fee, payable as a tax free bonus, after completing the first full year with the company.

If you have any questions, get in touch with 

Apply for the job here. 

Vacancy #122 - Front-end web designer

Company: Ruroc

Location: Barnwood

Ruroc is looking for a front-end web designer to join its fast-growing business.

Ruroc exists to make helmets cool. In 2019 it had its first £1m turnover day and in 2020 it had its first £1m turnover hour.

The candidate will be instrumental to the small team of web developers, developing new features for the website whilst maintaining existing ones. They will also provide valuable input on creative direction for the website, whilst ensuring that customers have a smooth experience across the entire website.

They will need to work closely with the trading team to provide design concepts for new features, whilst ensuring they follow the website's design guidelines. Alongside regular development, they will also be working closely with both trading and marketing to build website components for campaigns, provide recommendations on front-end functionality, and brainstorm new ideas for the website.


• Develop major features and maintain existing ones

• Work closely with trading and marketing to execute campaign plans

• Be responsible with the rest of the team for the front-end of the website, including both the UI and UX

• Write clean, efficient code which meets the project's quality standards, and suggest changes to those standards where necessary

• Collaborate with the team to define technical requirements for new features

• Provide assistance to other developers where required

• Uphold Ruroc's brand vision and rules

Apply for the job here. 

Thursday, February 18

Vacancy #121 - Senior sales advisors

Company: The Private Healthcare Company

Location: Cheltenham

The Private Healthcare Company is looking for exceptional senior sales advisors to join its team, offering private medical insurance to existing and new clients.

If you are confident in your ability and can demonstrate it, message on LinkedIn to apply.  

Wednesday, February 17

Vacancy #119 - Seasonal staff

Company: Sandford Parks Lido

Location: Cheltenham

Ends: 5th March

Sandford Parks Lido is looking for seasonal staff for the 2021 season. It is currently recruiting for:

• Duty manager (must hold a valid NPLQ)

• Lifeguard (must hold a valid NPLQ)

• Receptionist

• General attendant

• Cafe assistant

Apply for the jobs here.  

Vacancy #118 - Events account manager

Company: Freemans Event Partners

Location: Gloucester and UK-wide travel

Salary: £30,000-£35,000

Freemans Event Partners is looking for an events account manager to plan, manage and oversee events, ensuring a first class service for clients.

Responsibilities include:

• Manage and develop new and existing client relationships

• Collaborate with internal stakeholders to optimise group profitability and client/ supplier satisfaction

• Undertake detailed and accurate planning for each event, including forecast P&L; ensure an appropriate variety of consumer offering; allocate, offer and secure sub-contractors; ensure all logistical, staffing, and health and safety requirements are considered and prepared for

• Oversee the set-up of each allocated event, liaising with the client, sub-contractors, and suppliers as appropriate, ensuring all units and hire equipment are sited according to plan

• Oversee the welfare of the team at all times (both on and off site), ensuring they are transported safely, appropriately accommodated, receive appropriate breaks and are treated respectfully

• Supervise all aspects of the team's performance; monitoring, encouraging, coaching, guiding and leading by example

• Monitor all aspects of sub-contractor presentation and performance on event day, esnsuring company operating standards, policies and procedures are adhered to, directing and trouble-shooting as required

• Ensure all activity, both front and back of house, complies with client policies, procedures and safe systems of work for health and safety and food hygiene

• Oversee the post-event breakdown, ensuring the site is left clean and tidy; all equipment is returned; cash is reconciled and secured; client reports are completed and submitted

The role will entail long hours and working away from home five days per week.

Apply for the job here.  

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