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BCI Work Experience Programme

The Role

You will be a key member of the Director’s Office, gaining an insight into the day-to-day workings of a busy, high-level university office. You will be the first point of contact for all internal and external visitors.

What are we offering?

Position: Work Experience Trainee - Office Assistant (Ref: QMUL15788)
Salary: £18,614 per annum 
Hours: 35 per week
Duration: 12 months
Start Date: 24th September 2018
  • 30 days annual leave (plus public holidays and 4 College closure days)
  • Access to on-campus facilities

How to apply

Please send all of the following documents to bci-admin@qmul.ac.uk:

  • Completed Application Form
  • Your CV
  • Proof of qualifications
  • A covering letter (max 1 side of A4), explaining why you want this position and why you would be a good candidate
  • One school/academic reference
  • Copy of your passport

DEADLINE: Thursday, 13th September 2018, 5 pm

Please note that only full applications that include all of the documents listed above will be considered for the post.
Unfortunately we will not be able to provide feedback to all applicants interested in this post.


Why do we have this position?

The Barts Cancer Institute (BCI) is one of the top 5 cancer research centres in the UK and is based in one of London’s leading medical schools. The BCI is committed to delivering high quality research and education.

As part of this commitment, the BCI has developed a work experience programme aimed at helping young people to develop the knowledge and skills that will help them in the competitive employment market.

We recognise that one of the barriers to finding employment is having sufficient work experience and the skills you learn in this post will be transferable and valuable across all work settings.

Who are we looking for?

This programme is aimed at a sixth form school leaver or recent graduate who is looking to develop work experience and office skills.

You do not need to have any work experience; it will be our job to provide you with that.

You will need to be committed to the 12-month programme and be able to start on the 24th September 2018.


  • Dependable
  • Willing to learn
  • Punctual
  • Enthusiastic
  • Can-do attitude
  • Have initiative and common sense
  • Flexible approach to work

Minimum Qualifications
(Predicted grades are acceptable, but qualifications must have been obtained by start date)

  • Grade C or above in GCSE Mathematics and English
  • A-levels, NVQ Level 3 or equivalent 


  • Basic Microsoft Office skills

Eligibility to work in the UK

Candidates must be able to demonstrate their eligibility to work in the UK in accordance with the Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Act 2006.

We regret candidates requiring work permits to work in the UK will not be eligible for this programme.

What will you gain?

  • Communication Skills
    You will interact with a variety of people, both internal and external to the organisation. You will learn how to communicate effectively and appropriately.

  • Organisational Skills & Time Management
    You will be required to multitask and to organise your own workload to meet given deadlines.

  • Computer Skills
    You will learn how to use Outlook, Microsoft Word, PowerPoint and Excel (as well as some non-Office systems including website management) in a work environment, and apply the skills daily

  • Teamwork
    You will interact with other members of staff and work as part of a team.

  • Confidence
    Build confidence to pursue a career in your chosen field with interview experience and good knowledge of demands in a busy office environment.

  • Real Work Experience
    Exposure to the real working world and the challenges and opportunities that come with it. You will obtain demonstrable work experience that will make you more attractive to future employers.

How will we support you?

  • Training
    You will receive training and detailed guidance on all aspects of the work that you will be given to do. You will be able to attend IT courses for Microsoft Office applications if required.

  • Support
    You will be working closely with the Office Manager and other staff who will provide guidance and supervision. Ongoing support and advice will be delivered throughout the whole duration of the programme.

  • Feedback
    You will receive feedback throughout the year and you will have periodic appraisal meetings.

How will we choose the successful applicant?

  • Shortlisted candidates will be contacted by Monday, 17th September 2018.
  • Interview and a short assessment will take place on Thursday, 20th September 2018. The successful candidate will be informed about the outcome by the end of the interview round.
  • The start date will be Monday, 24th September 2018.


Informal Enquiries

Office Manager T: 020 7882 3503 E: bci-admin@qmul.ac.uk

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