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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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Tuesday, May 11

Vacancy #221 - Cafe manager

Company: Waterstones

Location: Gloucester

Waterstones in Gloucester is looking for a manager for its in-store cafe.

The candidate should be able to deliver excellent service and lead a team of baristas to do the same.

To apply for the job, pop into the shop with a CV and covering letter and speak to a manager.

Vacancy #220 - Experts by experience

Company: Inclusion Gloucestershire

Location: Gloucester/ home working

Salary: £50 per half day

Ends: 25th May

Inclusion Gloucestershire is looking for eight experts by experience to work around two to four half days per month.

Experts by experience will represent their own views and those of others with lived experience of mental ill health in the development of support and services in the community. Such support will be delivered in ways that are personalised and holistic and ensure that people with mental ill health get the right support at the right time.

As part of Community Mental Health Transformation, people with lived experience alongside voluntary and community organisations will co-produce with the NHS and Local Authority (Council) to support a joined-up approach to support people's mental health and wellbeing needs.

Inclusion Gloucestershire would like the team to have a variety of lived experiences and for this reason would particularly welcome applications from people who:

  • Are aged 65+
  • Are of working age (18+)
  • Are younger and have experience of moving to adults services(18-25 yrs)
  • Have lived experience of complex trauma related needs
  • Have lived experience of other complexities (drug and alcohol misuse, homelessness, involvement in criminal justice system)
  • Have lived experience of eating disorder
  • Have lived experience of serious mental illness such as schizophrenia or other psychotic disorders
  • Have lived experience as a family carer of someone with mental ill health
  • Are from a BAME community

There will be two open group discussion sessions on Zoom to ask questions about the roles. These will be held on Tuesday 11 May 6-7pm and Thursday 20 May 10.30-11.30am. To attend either of these sessions, email or call Dawn on 07525847383 and she will let you know the Zoom link. It is not necessary to attend the Zoom sessions if you don't want to.

Apply for the jobs here

Monday, May 10

Vacancy #219 - Nursery manager

Company: Great Oldbury Primary Academy

Location: Stonehouse

Salary: Grade H

Ends: 21st May

Great Oldbury Primary Academy is looking for a nursery manager to join the team at this brand new school from July.

The successful candidate will have the opportunity to work closely with the EYFS lead to establish the new nursery within the school and the wider community of Great Oldbury.


• Drive and deliver the highest standards of care throughout the nursery

• With the headteacher and EYFS lead, create and monitor a development plan, ensuring that following any OFSTED visits or after internal monitoring, any recommendations are actioned

• Ensure the key-person system is fully operational and every child in the nursery has up-to-date, high quality records and ensure that these records are used to track the progress of children and identify next steps

• Lead the team in the planning and development of an inspiring and creative environment

• Develop positive relationships with parents and carers

• Manage communications and relationships with outside agencies for the benefit of the children and nursery

• Support individual pupils with emotional and behavioural problems and/ or complex medical needs as identified in their Individual Care Plan or Individual Health Care Plan and ensure there is appropriate and early intervention for those with special educational needs

• Effective management to ensure adequate staffing and supervision of activities

Skills and experience:

  • Minimum of NVQ level 3 or equivalent with associated paid experience at this level for no less than one year
  • ICT Literate with Microsoft Office skills
  • DBS clearance
  • Recent and relevant child protection training and associated knowledge to act upon concerns
  • Management experience of running a 'good' or 'outstanding' early years care/ education setting as manager or deputy manager, with no less than one year's experience in this role
  • Experience of management, supervision and appraisal of staff
  • Experience of working with pupils with a variety of needs eg autism, behaviour, academic
  • Warm and caring personality - friendly and approachable to families and respected
  • Discreet and confidential whilst remaining professional, tactful & sensitive.
  • Able to form and maintain appropriate professional relationships and boundaries with children and young people

Apply for the job here. 

Friday, May 7

Vacancy #218 - Area building control surveyor

Company: Stroud District Council

Location: Stroud

Salary: £37,890

Ends: 23rd May

Stroud District Council is looking for a full-time area building control surveyor on a contract of up to 12 months.

Gloucestershire Building Control Partnership is a shared service providing building control services to residents and business within Gloucester City Council and Stroud District Council areas. The shared service is hosted by Stroud District Council. The candidate will have the opportunity to work on a mix of domestic and commercial projects.

As a member of the building control team, the candidate will ensure that customers are responded to efficiently, effectively and consistently across the partnership area. They will be committed to providing excellent customer service and will also have an enthusiasm to develop skills and knowledge of the Building Act and Building Regulations.


• Processing and validation of building control, demolition, dangerous structures and general give advice

• Examining and determining full plans and applications for compliance with building regulations in accordance with office procedures including consultations with third parties.

• Providing fee quotations for building control projects following office guidelines where charges are outside of those published

• Assessing proposed building works during pre-application meetings with customers, whether on site or in the office, to determine compliance with building regulations without the need to refer to others

• Investigating any reported alleged unauthorised work and instigating appropriate enforcement action

• Collaborating with other council services such as planning enforcement, conservation and environmental health by reporting site-based changes and finding solutions where possible

Skills and experience:

• Corporate Member of the RICS, CABE or CIOB

• Qualified to at least degree standard (or equivalent) in a construction related subject Evidence of continuing professional development

• Significant experience of delivering building control services

• Experience with the use of MS Word and Outlook

• Excellent knowledge of the Building Regulations and associated legislation.

• Attention to detail and accuracy

• Excellent written and verbal communication skills

Apply for the job here.  

Vacancy #217 - Game designer

Company: Neon Play

Location: Cirencester

Neon Play is looking for a game designer to work on Idle Tycoon games like Idle Army Base or Scrapyard Tycoon.

The candidate will be responsible for conceptualising Idle Tycoon games, breaking that idea down into core mechanics, and then preparing clear and concise documentation. They will work closely with all teams to iterate the game to launch, supporting the game through its life.


  • Conceptualise unique games and build out the game's core loop
  • Write up ideas into a design document
  • Evaluate early game prototypes and analyse performance, then iterate
  • Ensure a game design fits production and technical constraints
  • Understand and build strong mobile-first monetisation strategies

Skills and qualifications:

  • A solid understanding and passion for Idle/ Tycoon mobile games
  • Strong knowledge of monetisation using hard currencies and rewarded video ads
  • Understanding of designing and balancing game economies using meta data
  • Firm knowledge of idle game logics, core loops and game mechanics
  • Strong communication and presentation skills
  • Adobe Photoshop
  • Google Sheets or Excel
  • Basic Unity3D

To apply for the job, send CV to .

Thursday, May 6

Vacancy #216 - Electrician

Company: G4S

Location: Cheltenham

Salary: £32,000 to £36,000

Ends: 25th May

G4S is looking for a full-time electrician to join its team in Cheltenham.

The candidate will carry out electrical installation inspection and testing on items of ancillary plant and circuits in a busy office environment. They will work to deliver planned and reactive maintenance and will respond as necessary to all incidents to minimise business disruption and operational down time.


• Attending all planned and unplanned work across a multi-disciplined arena - electrical, mechanical, hydraulics, pneumatic and process to ensure that all assets are maintained

• Service, test, diagnose and repair process control systems and automatic control devices related to the building services plant and equipment

• Liaise/ assist with other services as necessary for the efficient delivery of work activities, workmanship and productivity to comply with the performance standard.

• Respond to defects, faults and client requests, and work with others to identify root causes to prevent recurrence

• Oversee contractors, ensuring their work is satisfactorily completed

• Maintain accurate maintenance records on the site CAFM system

Skills and experience:

• Electrically/ mechanically trained with experience in a commercial or industrial FM service delivery environment

• Ability to test and inspect electrical circuits

• Nationally recognised relevant qualifications

Apply for the job here.  

Vacancy #215 - Shop assistants

Company: Sundaes Gelato

Location: Gloucester

Sundaes Gelato is looking for new staff members to join the team in Gloucester.

Candidates should be punctual, have a great attitude and understand teamwork.

To apply for the job, email your CV to  or hand it in at 45-50 Southgate Street.

Wednesday, May 5

Vacancy #214 - Climate change manager

Company: Gloucester City Council

Location: Gloucester

Salary: £39,822 - £44,865

Ends: 31st May

Gloucester City Council is looking for a full-time climate change manager.

The candidate should have significant experience of managing climate change programmes and are be able to lead and develop decarbonisation programmes to transform Gloucester's energy landscape and help create sustainable, clean growth.

Gloucester City Council has declared a climate emergency and created an ambitious action plan to get to net zero carbon by 2030, and for the whole city to be net zero by 2050 at the latest. The candidate will have the ambition to deliver these plans.

Reporting directly to the managing director, the role offers a unique opportunity to use knowledge and expertise in environmental issues to develop and drive the council's climate change action plans.

The candidate will be expected to have proven professional excellence in the field of climate change and considerable experience in the management and delivery of decarbonisation programmes and projects. The ability to build and maintain positive working relationships with a range of community, business, public and private sector stakeholders is a key skill required to be a success in the post.

With excellent verbal and written communication skills, they will be able to build strong relationships and have experience of preparing business cases, securing funding or investment, and possess robust project management skills.

To apply for the job, upload your CV and a supporting statement demonstrating how you meet the requirements of the role here.  

Vacancy #213 - Licensed security officer

Company: Glevum Security

Location: Cheltenham

Salary: £9.50 - £10 per hour

Glevum Security is looking for a licensed security officer working for a client in Cheltenham.

The candidate should the holder of valid licences or be in a position to apply for all of the following licences: SIA security or door supervision, CCTV(PSS) and first aid (having already passed all relevant training requirements to do so).

Tasks will include but are not limited to foot patrols of the site, reception-based meet and greet, CCTV monitoring of public space areas within the site, controlling access and egress of all access areas both manually and mechanically, fire alarm testing when required and reporting of any health and safety issues identified.

Excellent communication is required. The assignment has a set duty schedule of 07:00 -16:00 x3, 16:00 -00:00 x3 and three rest days (an average of 42 hrs p/w) although some flexibility is required to assist with additional assignment cover for known and unknown absences from time to time.

Apply for the job here.  

Tuesday, May 4

Vacancy #212 - Front of house and kitchen staff

Company: The Bear Inn

Location: Cirencester

The Bear Inn is looking for front of house and kitchen staff as it prepares for a full reopening on 17th May.

Candidates should be fun, positive and experienced.

Email  or DM on Instagram (@bearinncirencester) for more details.

Vacancy #211 - R&D manufacturing engineers

Company: Future Advanced Manufacture Ltd

Location: Staverton

Due to an increasing order book, Future Advanced Manufacture Ltd is looking for manufacturing engineers to join the team.

Candidates should be capable of programming complex one-off components using off-line programming and 5-axis technology. Knowledge of Heidenhain, hyperMILL and VISI would be beneficial.

To apply for the job, email an up-to-date CV to: 

Friday, April 30

Vacancy #210 - Electrical supervisor

Company: PKL

Location: Bishops Cleeve


• Work with the fleet department and the quay and units manager ensure electrical services within all kitchen units are maintained to a safe and regulatory compliant standard

• Develop and implement an electrical testing regime to ensure all units and modular kitchens meet British standards and HSE requirements

• Implement a certification process to ensure PKL can demonstrate that units meet the required standards to clients, prospective clients and regulatory bodies

• Plan the electrical resource requirements and where required order labour and material

• Taking scopes of work (SoW) and design drawings, develop associated electrical schemes, which can be accurately costed

• For projects/ long-term hires, provide a quote

• Calculate electrical loads to ensure electrical infrastructure/ schemes will support the electrical demands of the equipment within the installation

• Maximise the standardisation of electrical components across the fleet

• Ensure that whilst sufficient stock is held to enable the timely and proper completion of work, stock levels are minimised

• Re-use as much electrical material as possible in order to minimise environmental impact and reduce costs

Skills and experience:

• Fully qualified 17th/18th Edition (NVQ Level 3 or equivalent)

• Electrical Installation & Maintenance of Commercial Kitchens & Modular buildings

• Good knowledge of health and safety requirements relating to the role

• C&G 2391 or 2394/5 testing & inspection or equivalent

• Full driving license

• Minimum three years supervisory experience (ideally holding a nationally accredited certificate or diploma in supervisory management)

To apply for the job, email 

Thursday, April 29

Vacancy #209 - BID ambassador

Company: Cheltenham BID

Location: Cheltenham

Salary: Around £ 18,540 pro-rata

Cheltenham BID is looking for a part-time ambassador.

BID Ambassadors are responsible for providing a high-profile on-street information and assistance service to users of the town centre, offering a warm welcome to visitors and the general public and ensuring they are aware of the range of services offered by BID businesses.

Ambassadors are the eyes and ears of the Business Improvement District, sharing relevant information with BID businesses and monitoring and reporting on town centre activity and areas for improvement.


• Build positive relationships with local BID businesses and their staff and provide useful information to them about BID matters.

• Be a visible presence on the streets of the BID area, patrolling all streets in turn

• Deal helpfully and knowledgeably with queries, requests and complaints from members of the public and visitors to the town centre to encourage repeat visits

• Monitor activity and report to the BID office and, where needed, to authorised third parties.

• Visit a number of BID businesses each day

• Develop positive relationships with businesses in the area to better understand the range and breadth of opportunities available to people coming into the town

• Liaise with the borough council and county council, their agents and partner organisations to encourage rapid resolution of issues in the BID area including graffiti, missed waste collection, flyposting or street cleaning. Report damage to street furniture, pavements, street lighting. •

• Liaise with Cheltenham Safe, Police and Community Support Officers to report anti-social behaviour incidents such as begging, on-street drinking, shoplifting

• Work with colleagues as required to assist in disseminating and obtaining vital information to take the BID through to a successful ballot to secure a second funding term

• To work early or late in the day and at weekends as required

Skills and experience:

Skills and experience:

• Good general standard of education

• Experience of providing face-to-face customer service

• Good knowledge of Cheltenham town centre, the businesses in it and their location

• A can-do attitude and ability to apply critical thinking and common sense to situations

• Excellent communication skills to deal with one-off enquiries and complaints and resolve any conflicts appropriately in a measured and friendly manner

• Good at keeping clear, concise and accurate records of enquiries, complaints, activities and other detailed information

• Able to remain calm and polite in all circumstances

• Excellent problem solving, listening and analytical skills

• Physically fit and able to work mainly outside in all weather conditions and be mobile over considerable distances

• Good basic computer/IT skills and a knowledge of social media

To apply for the job, email with CV and covering email.

Vacancy #208 - Chef de partie

Company: Everyman Theatre

Location: Cheltenham

Ends: 14th May

The Everyman Theatre is looking for a full-time chef de partie, with no split shifts and an early evening finish.


• Supporting the head chef and second chef in the production and service of varied menus

• Producing food to the agreed company standards in an efficient and professional manner

• Food labelling and daily stock rotation.

• Liaison with the Cafe Bar/ Matchams Restaurant staff

• Monitoring of a cleaning schedule in accordance with hygiene regulations

• Overseeing strict compliance with the EHO and company's health and safety regulations

Skills and experience:

• Basic Food Hygiene Certificate

• Good communication skills

• Ability to work with a team or alone

• Excellent organisational skills

Application form available here. To apply please email completed application form to

Tuesday, April 27

Vacancy #206 - Laboratory assessor

Company: Campden BRI

Location: Chipping Campden

Salary: £25,000 - £33,000

Campden BRI is looking for a laboratory assessor.


• Manage and deliver laboratory assessments, pre-assessments, consultancies and training to the required standard as expected of a full-time assessor

• To provide auditor support to the Campden BRI internal audit programme

• Contribute to the development of services provided by CLAS

• If required, present lectures on Campden BRI courses and at appropriate meetings

• Promote services of CLAS group to secure new business and answer enquires relating to contract CLAS projects as part of client contact during assessments

Skills and experience:

• Recognised qualifications in, and proven, up-to-date knowledge and experience of food compositional analyses.

• Extensive proven practical experience and technical understanding of up-to-date standard/ recognised food compositional methods and novel/ commercial rapid methods and routine testing activities

• Extensive experience and understanding of the management, technical and quality requirements in ISO 17025 and/ or CLAS Standard - acquired by first-hand experience over several years a) managing/ supervising at a senior level, accredited laboratory operations and b) developing and implementing quality systems within laboratories

• Experience of planning and conducting in-house method evaluations/ validations, appraising data and compiling validation reports

• Trained in principle of auditing with previous proven experience of auditing quality systems (preferably within laboratory operations) against recognised standards

• Experience of deriving Measurement Uncertainty values and associated statistics

• Full and clean driving license

• Experience of driving long distances and driving to/ from sites for business purposes

Apply for the job here.  

Monday, April 26 

Vacancy #204 - Planner/ Senior planner/ Principal planner

Company: Zesta Planning

Location: Cheltenham

Zesta Planning is looking for planning professionals at planner, senior planner and principal planner levels.

Zesta Planning is a town planning consultance working predominantly throughout the South West and Midlands regions. It works with a wide variety of clients on development projects, ranging from major housing and commercial developments to smaller-scale private projects.


• Provide robust planning strategy and advice

• Prepare planning reports and recommendations to achieve desired outcomes

• Manage planning projects from initial conception through to construction phase

• Provide support and guidance to peers and more junior staff

• Make a positive contribution to business development, securing repeat work and applying a commercial lens to all work undertaken

Skills and experience:

• Degree in a town planning discipline, a post graduate qualification and ideally hold chartered membership of the RTPI. As a minimum, should be working towards chartered membership

• Three years relevant experience in planning in either local authority or the private sector

• Able to prioritise and manage workloads whilst working flexibly to meet both the commercial and contractual needs of the business

• Experience of fronting and managing projects and clients

• Able to work independently across a wide area of planning sectors, working with landowners, developers, businesses and private homeowners

• Demonstrable level of planning knowledge and understanding and application of current and emerging planning legislation

• An excellent communicator with strong written report writing skills

To apply for the job, send a CV and covering letter to 

Friday, April 23

Vacancy #202 - Factory operative

Company: Winstones Ice Cream

Location: Stroud

Winstones Ice Creams is looking for a full-time factory operative for a six month contract, with an immediate start.

The candidate must be well presented, reliable and adaptable and ready to join this friendly family business for the summer season.

They must love ice cream, hard work and be prepared for physical duties.

Apply for the job by email only at 

Thursday, April 22

Vacancy #201 - Registered branch manager

Company: Agincare

Location: Gloucester

Salary: Up to £40,000

Agincare is looking for a registered branch manager to establish and lead the team at its home care registered office in Gloucester.

The candidate will provide excellent operational management and outstanding leadership for the new home care team.

As the business grows, they will need to travel around the region, with occasional travel to head office in Dorset.

They will lead the team to provide a safe, caring, responsive and effective service for clients in their homes, ensuring delivery of the highest possible care standards, fully compliant with all CQC statutory regulations, whilst making sure they achieve operational and quality assurance KPIs.

The candidate will actively promote the home care business and maintain positive relationships with clients and key stakeholders through excellent customer service and positive communication. They will manage the budget day to day, promoting financial discipline throughout operations.

Skills and experience:

• Previous leadership and management experience in a similar role

• Knowledgeable and passionate, ideally with experience of person-centred support

• Up-to-date knowledge of the social care sector and social care regulatory framework

• Experience of formulating and managing a budget within targets

• Good IT skills, in particular MS Office

• Great written and verbal communication skills

• Already or previously a CQC registered manager

• Own transport and willingness to travel

Apply for the job here.  

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