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Test Operative – COVID19 Rapid Test Centre

Test Operative – COVID19 Rapid Test Centre

Job details

Posting date:

28 April 2020


£13.50 per hour

Additional salary information:

Exceeds National Minimum Wage


Part time

Closing date:

12 May 2020


Edinburgh, EH12 9DN


Sodexo Ltd

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To increase testing for COVID-19, the Government has significantly increased the number of centres where key workers can be tested. As the programme ramps up further, additional testing support is needed at centres across the UK.

We are seeking to recruit individuals to work as part of a team of Test Operatives undertaking COVID 19 Swab testing in Edinburgh.

We recommend that you work at 3 or more shifts per week so you can get the most out of your experience. Typical working hours are 9am – 5pm with a 1 hour rest break.

Sodexo reserves the right to alter the site location and close this advert early if we are in receipt of a high number of applications.

Job Description
· Hourly rate £13.50

· ​This position is offered on a casual basis.

Main Responsibilities

The role of the Test Operative is to safely and correctly administer a throat and nasal swab test to key frontline workers who visit the test site, and supporting the overall testing process.

Test swabs will be administered up the nose or down the back of the throat; therefore, applicants need to be comfortable administering tests in this manner.

Before you apply for this vacancy, it is important you take time to watch the below video to understand what the role of a Test Operative entails.

The Ideal Candidate

We seek applicants with the following:

· Experience working with members of the public/patients

· Excellent interpersonal skills and a supportive nature

· Ability to physically stand for several hours with good mobility (for reaching into vehicles)

· Willingness to work outside

· Commitment to the work and adhere to the strict guidelines and procedures required

· Native or bilingual proficiency level English

· Experience working in a medical, clinical or health environment is desirable.

· You must be over 18 and in general good health with no symptoms of COVID-19, nor must anyone in your household.

You must not be classified, or live with anyone classified, as belonging to any of the COVID-19 high risk groups (more detail can be found on the government website):

· Must not have a long-term condition

· Must not be pregnant

· Must not have immune deficiencies through medical conditions or therapy

· Must not be aged over 70

Training and full personal protective equipment will be provided.

About The Company
In the UK and Ireland, Sodexo employs some 36,000 employees to deliver integrated facilities management services to clients at over 2,000 locations in the energy, corporate, healthcare, education, leisure, defence and justice sectors. With an annual turnover of over £1bn, we provide everything from catering, cleaning and reception to security, laboratory and grounds maintenance services, enabling our clients to focus on their core business.

At Sodexo we are committed to a leading role in promoting equality opportunities and valuing diversity and inclusion. We seek to create a work environment based on mutual respect for all individuals, building a culture that appreciates and values the experiences and skills brought by each person to benefit our organisation and work hard to ensure that all people, whatever their race, colour, sex, gender identity disability, nationality, national or ethnic origin, religion or belief, marital/partnership or family status, sexual orientation, age, social class, educational background, employment status, working pattern, are welcome to and included within our organisation.

We’re a Disability Confident Leader employer. We’re committed to changing attitudes towards disability, and making sure disabled people have the chance to fulfil their aspirations.

We are building on our support to the Armed Forces community through the development of specific pathways within our recruitment process to support ex-forces personnel and reservists, those applying for jobs with us who meet the ideal candidate criteria for the role advertised are guaranteed to progress to the selection process.

UCAS Webinar 30.4.20

Dear Parent/Carer

UCAS are hosting a live Q&A session for parents/guardians and carers of pupils who have applied to university this year.

The Q&A will be live on their Facebook page this Thursday, 30 April at 16:00.

An expert panel will be on hand to answer your questions, including:

Mike Nelson – Director of Undergraduate Admissions and Outreach, University of Bath
Melissa Scallan – Parent, journalist, and author of Starting University: What to Expect, How to Prepare, Go and Enjoy
Ben Jordon – Senior Strategy and Insight Manager, UCAS
The panel will be able to answer any questions about your child’s qualifications, application, or future studies.

If you or your child has any questions about their UCAS or SAAS applications, information can be found on their websites, and

You or your child can also contact their guidance teacher or Mr. Micallef-Eynaud with any questions regarding their UCAS or SAAS applications.

Scottish Power Graduate Apprenticeships.

Are you an enthusiastic and ambitious recent school leaver, interested in working towards a university degree, learning on the job and earning a salary?
You will receive a starting salary of £18,500 and this will be reviewed annually.

Our Graduate Apprenticeship programme delivers this exciting new way for you to gain a Degree and valuable industry experience that will set you apart from your peers.

What we’re looking for
We need talented, ambitious, hardworking and flexible people to apply.

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Entry – SQA Highers at AAAB including Mathematics and Computing
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Entry – SQA Highers at BBBB including Mathematics and Computing
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Entry – SQA Highers at BBBB including Mathematics and Computing
We may also be able to consider SQA HNC level qualification in a computing, engineering or mathematics subject.

This is a 4-year programme.

More details here

Science Insights 2020 moves online

Here at the University of Edinburgh, our priority is the health and wellbeing of our students, staff, and visitors.

Recognising the rapidly evolving impact of Covid-19, we do not expect to be able to run Science Insights 2020 as planned in July. But we don’t want to cancel, so we are busy changing the programme into an online format Science Insights Online, which will run in the same week from 27-31 July 2020.

Applications will still be made via this website, and the programme is still open to S5 pupils in Scottish high schools. If you have already applied for Science Insights 2020 you do not need to apply again, we will be in touch with you soon.

It will take us a few days to make all of the required changes to our website, so we have temporarily taken down our applications page, but it will be back up and running very soon. Thank you for your patience.

If you would like to contact the Science Insights team please email

Please consult the University of Edinburgh Covid-19 webpages, which we are updating regularly, for detailed advice and support.
Programme information and applications here

EY Transactions Business Apprenticeship

Available to all current S5/6 who have obtained/are due to obtain 5 Highers

What is Transactions at EY?

Economies are fuelled by competitive organisations who buy, sell, merge or restructure parts of their business with others. Transactions help organisations do all that while making more informed decisions and building better strategies.

In Restructuring, we advise organisations – and other affected parties – when they are underperforming or in distress, on the best course of action. Through independent analysis, we help them either get back on track or go through insolvency procedures like administration or receivership.

What will you be doing?
Solving urgent and important business problems by analysing data and proposing solutions for underperforming businesses
Undertaking an arrange of tasks required to manage a company that is going through an insolvency process
Assisting with solvent and insolvent liquidation processes

Link to apply:

Employment and benefits support

If you are affected by coronavirus or its effect on the economy, there is a wide range of support available.

These pages provide information about the changes the government has brought in to support people who are already claiming benefits, need to claim benefits, or are at risk of losing their job as a result of coronavirus.

You can access the site here

The Lawscot Foundation bursary

The closing date for applications is 29 May 2020.
In order to be eligible to apply, students need to be able to answer yes to the
following questions:
– Do you have an offer to study law (known as the LLB) at a Scottish
– Is your parental/ guardian total annual income under £34,000 and/ or do your
circumstances mean you would be unable to attend university due to your
financial situation? (This can include receiving EMA, free school meals, being
in care or being a young carer).
*More information, including the list of accredited universities can be found at

Invitation to apply to the Lawscot Foundation 2020