Swindon Jobfest 2020

Employers you can meet

As soon as employers let us know they'll be attending JobFest, we'll post their details here!

Catalent Pharma Solutions Ltd

Catalent Pharma Solutions Ltd is the world's number one drug development, delivery and supply partner. Our Swindon site houses the Zydis fast-dissolving tablet development and manufacturing operation. The Zydis fast dissolve tablet is a unique, freeze-dried oral medication that disperses instantly in the mouth, no water required.

The Swindon site is based in Blagrove Industrial Estate and employs 650 people. It runs eight manufacturing lines and has an annual profit of £48.5m. If you’re looking for a career in a pharmaceutical contract manufacturing company, come and talk to us about our apprenticeships in engineering, finance, chemistry and R&D, as well as roles in production, continuous improvement, customer services and warehouse.

Catalent website

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Capita Workforce Management

Capita WFM is a software development company specialising in time and attendance and workforce planning solutions.

We have been running an apprenticeship program for seven years and have seen 20 apprentices successfully complete during this time. A large number of our apprentices have stayed with the business for a number of years and are now in senior roles, training the next generation of apprentices coming through.

Our apprenticeships are within our technical teams, specialising in technical support and system implementations, working with the latest technologies and to identify the correct solutions for our customers.

Capita WFM website

AFL Telecommunications Europe Ltd

AFL manufacture, engineer and install fiber optic products and associated equipment, products and services to the energy, service provider, enterprise and industrial markets.

AFL website

TCS Contracts

With 15 years’ experience, TCS Contracts specialises in permanent and contract recruitment across construction and M&E sectors. They supply businesses delivering dedicated consultancy and resource expertise.

TCS will deliver a highly professional, tailored and responsive recruitment journey to organisations and candidates. Understanding that every recruitment campaign is different in its requirements, TCS brings an inspiring, consultative approach to recruitment. To ensure that client needs are recognised, only the most suitable candidate is presented to maintain the reputation gained.

TCS contracts website

New College, Swindon

New College is a large, further education college offering roles across a range of functions. These include teaching, HR, finance, IT, marketing and more. We also deliver apprenticeships, training and other progression routes to help young people reach career destinations.

New College website

Swindon College

Swindon College provides full-time (16 to 18 years), part-time, higher education and also apprenticeships. We offer a wide diverse variety of courses from engineering and construction to art, design, hair and beauty to business and early education.

Swindon College website

Rein and Shine Ltd

We offer professional riding qualifications at British Horse Society stages 1 to 3. Apprenticeships are sometimes available for those that have some interest and/or experience in horses. We also offer Level 3 Equine Management Courses for those aged 16 to 19 years old.

We also offer part time jobs for anyone with current or prior experience of horses.

Rein and Shine website

First City Nursing and Care

First City Nursing and Care are committed to providing excellent standards of care and support to our customers. We are currently expanding and recruiting healthcare apprentices, healthcare assistants and support workers in and around Swindon, who will embrace our company ethos and values.

First City Nursing website

Swindon Borough Council

We are a unitary local authority, this means our organisation is responsible for providing a wide range of services for our residents. We have a varied range of jobs and careers paths including jobs in social care, heritage and culture, highways, property maintenance, finance and many more.

Visit our recruitment website for more details and register your interest in an apprenticeship today.

The Platform Project

The Platform Project is an innovative youth enterprise project. It helps young people develop their confidence, skills and opportunities by helping them learn how to work for themselves and run their own business. We run a number of different youth led businesses. These include a magazine and a teen market, where the youth team make all the decisions running the company and building up their CV whilst trying out a range of different roles not traditionally available through work experience.

The Platform Project website

Cirencester College

Cirencester Sixth Form College is a specialist post-16 provider, with an exceptional choice of courses including A-levels, vocational, the new T-levels and apprenticeships. We also have an extensive enrichment programme, tailored support and subsidised transport to and from college.

You can register online for our open evening on Thursday, 6 February 2020, from 5.00pm to 8.00pm.

De Vere Cotswold Waterpark hotel

We are a 328 bedroom hotel offering facilities for conferences, weddings and gala dinners and include restaurants, bars, pubs, a spa and gym. We are currently recruiting for chefs, waiter/waitress and spa therapists and receptionists.

The De Vere Cotswold hotel website

Thermo Fisher Scientific

Thermo Fisher is the world leader in serving science. At our Swindon site in conjunction with client partners, we focus on making speciality drug products in dedicated suites to meet our clients’ unique project needs. We offer apprenticeships and intern placements for engineering, chemistry and quality.

Thermo Fisher Scientific website 

Barnes coaches

Drive your career at Barnes Coaches. We offer apprenticeships so you can train to be a coach driver. We provide 30hrs at full pay whilst you learn, starting April 2020.

Barnes coaches website

GreenSquare Group Ltd

Passionate about great places to live, GreenSquare Group develops a range of new homes – for rent, shared ownership, and sale – while also providing housing management, care and support, and commercial property services. We increase the opportunities for people to thrive by giving them access to great homes and services to match. This supports the creation of strong and vibrant communities.

GreenSquare makes a difference to people’s lives – and this is something we want to continue doing, for more people, every day, and we have ambitious plans to simplify and modernise our organisation, to become a simply brilliant landlord.

GreenSquare Group website

McDonald’s restaurants

From humble beginnings as a small restaurant, we're proud to have become one of the world's leading food service brands with more than 36,000 restaurants in more than 100 countries. Whether it's your first job, a part-time job or a lifelong career, working at McDonald's® provides skills, education and relationships that translate to new experiences. From healthcare to IT professionals, teachers to entrepreneurs, countless career paths have been Made at McDonald's®. And we can't wait to help jump-start more.

McDonald's website

Ross Brooke Chartered Accountants

We are a firm of Chartered Accountants based in Swindon, Newbury, Hungerford and Abingdon. We provide a range of services to our clients including the following: audit and accountants preparation; VAT compliance work; payroll processing; personal and company tax; statutory compliance; management accounts and forecasts. We are always expanding our company and so we often have openings for new talent.

We offer AAT and ICAEW training for trainees who are keen to progress in the industry.

Ross Brooke website

Karoliina Saunders Hair Design Ltd

We are an award winning hair salon offering: apprenticeships, full time employment for qualified stylists and barbers, opportunities to elevate your career to the next level.

Karoliina Saunders hair design website

Dick Lovett (Specialist Cars) Ltd

The Dick Lovett Group is a family run business representing a number of the motoring industry’s biggest and most prestigious manufacturers. We offer a range of opportunities including: apprenticeships, sales, service, parts, reception, accounts and admin based roles.

Dick Lovett website

Swindon and Wiltshire Careers Hub

The Swindon and Wiltshire Careers Hub is a centre of careers education excellence. Established by the Careers and Enterprise Company, it is a local partnership bringing 56 schools and colleges in Swindon and Wiltshire together with business and community organisations to focus on improving outcomes for young people. Core to this activity is the role of the Enterprise Advisers who work directly with a school or college's senior leadership team to develop their careers programme.

The Swindon and Wiltshire Careers Hub is pleased to be sponsoring JobFest 2020. This event will, once again, enable local young people to engage with a wide range of employers and help them to plan for their future careers. 

Swindon and Wiltshire careers hub website

Building Bridges

The Building Bridges programme supports people across Swindon and Wiltshire who are facing significant challenges in being able to develop their skills, access education or move towards the world of work.

The programme is a partnership of local organisations with experience in supporting people and giving them the skills and confidence they need to move forward.

Building Bridges website

Home Instead

Home Instead Senior Care Swindon & Vale of White Horse is a provider of ‘Outstanding’ (CQC May 2019), quality home care services in east Wiltshire, Swindon, The Vale of White Horse and surrounding areas.

Being able to live at home can be one of the most important comforts in an older person's life, it is a source of precious memories, a sanctuary of security and safety. Sometimes we find we can no longer look after ourselves as well as we used to and family and friends can't always be there to help. This is where Home Instead Senior Care Swindon & Vale of White Horse can help. We are looking for kind and caring people to join our CAREGiver teams across Wiltshire.

Home Instead website

Swindon & Gloucester Mind

Swindon and Gloucestershire Mind provide a range of support services for people aged 16+ in the Swindon area.
We offer one-to-one appointments for people to develop wellbeing plans based on the Five Ways to Wellbeing which includes to connect, to take notice, to keep learning, to be active and to give. You will be assigned a Wellbeing Coordinator who will support you through your wellbeing plan and offer further appointments to monitor your recovery and progress.

Swindon and Gloucester Mind website

Wiltshire College & University Centre

Wiltshire College & University Centre is based on four main campuses: Trowbridge, Chippenham, Lackham and Salisbury. We offer a wide range of apprenticeships as well as full-time, part-time and University level courses.

It’s an exciting time to be an apprentice with Wiltshire College & University Centre, our apprenticeship starts have doubled in the last three years.

The college is proud to have over 1,600 apprentices on programme with more than 1,000 employers. The college now offers over 80 different apprenticeships in a wide variety of industrial sectors, including engineering, science, business, IT, land based, health, hospitality and catering, to name just a few.

Wiltshire College and University Centre website


A leading UK provider of services – creating better places to live, work and travel by designing, building, maintaining and investing in our country’s services and infrastructure.

We offer range of career opportunities from apprentice, trainee technician, trainee engineers, graduate engineers and project managers in various engineering disciplines. For example, civil engineering, telecoms engineering, electrical engineering and signalling engineering.

Amey website

Nationwide Building Society

We’re the world's largest building society as well as one of the largest savings providers and the second largest mortgages provider in the UK. As a mutual, we’re owned by and run for the benefit of our members, not shareholders. It’s vital that our people come from a range of backgrounds, to reflect the society we serve. That’s why we’re committed to helping students and graduates of all ages kick start their careers with us.

Nationwide Building Society website

The Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is one of the biggest healthcare providers and employers in the south west, with around 2.5 million patient contacts a year.

We provide healthcare to the people of Swindon and the surrounding areas and have a huge variety of employment opportunities available.

GWH website

Swindon Marriott Hotel

Marriott International is an American hotel company, with over 7000 hotels in over 130 countries. Marriott International is made up of 30 different brands, all with different features and different target customers.

Swindon Marriott Hotel has 156 bedrooms, and mainly caters for business guests.

We have 10 different departments including; Reception, Restaurant and Bar, Conference and Banqueting, Kitchen, Housekeeping, Maintenance, Sales and Events, Leisure, Finance and Human Resources, offering opportunities to a range of individuals.

Lots of employees here have been with Marriott for many years, this is mainly due to the training Marriott provide, and opportunities to grow and progress!

Marriott Hotels website

Wiltshire Council

Our vision is to create stronger communities. We have numerous departments within our corporate services and our Adult and Children services.

Wiltshire Council website

Savills UK Ltd

We work hard at Savills – but it's important to us that we have fun as well. This is one reason why Estates Gazette regularly identifies us as the number one employer in the UK property industry. As an employer we offer Graduate and apprenticeship positions.

Savills is the first real estate firm to be featured in the Times top 100 graduate employers and has simultaneously retained the award for The Times Graduate Employer of Choice for Property Award for the thirteenth consecutive year.

Savills have ranked 12th place in Top 100 Apprenticeship Employers 2019-2020 and was also nominated in the Outstanding Degree Apprentice (Level 6 or 7) category.

Savills website

Core to Cloud Ltd

Core to Cloud is an IT Consultant specialising in Cyber Security. Core to Cloud deliver solutions that help organisations to have Sustainable Strategies for Secure Digital Business. We bring highly disruptive security and cloud technologies to market. As a business we look at the bigger picture, working hard to understand a business’s requirements and objectives, to analyse their particular pain points, aligning technology solutions to our customers' specific needs.

We are only four years old but we are creating an engaging workplace for people to learn, laugh and grow. We are ambitious, committed and excited for the journey ahead.

Example jobs:

  • Admin roles - Office Assistant
  • Sales Department - Internal Account Managers, Business Development Manager
  • Marketing - Social Media Marketing Assistance, Content Creation Manager, Event Manager

Core to Cloud website

Green Labyrinth

Green Labyrinth provide training and education programmes across a range of subject areas including Business Admin, Customer Services, Accountancy, IT, Digital Marketing, Beauty Therapy and Leadership and Management Programmes for apprenticeships and National Vocational Qualifications are available with funding subject to eligibility.

Green Labyrinth is delighted to be part of Jobfest 2020. The business is committed to the development of people, enabling individuals to fulfil their potential by expanding their horizons.

Green Labyrinth website

Jacobs Engineering Group Inc

Across our company, across our offices, across the world, we’re continually challenging today to reinvent tomorrow. At Jacobs, everything we do – from addressing water scarcity and aging infrastructure to ensuring access to life-saving therapies and protecting against sophisticated cyberattacks – is solve the most important problems, the ones for the real world – making life simpler and more seamless along the way.

Job examples: Coastal and River Engineers, Network Security Analyst, Mechanical Engineers, Software Engineers, Ecologist.

Jacobs website

SWLEP Ltd - Growth Hub/Higher Futures

Higher Futures – support, advice and direction for young people considering apprenticeships .

Higher Futures website

Growth Hub - business start-up support .

Growth Hub website

UK Shared Business Services Ltd

We offer a shared service to the Research Councils and other government organisations including: HR & Payroll, Finance, Procurement, IT.

We offer a number of entry level roles which we are often advertising based in Administration or Customer Service Teams across the business, as well as Specialist roles is all areas on an ad-hoc basis. You can find more information on our website.

We have previously attended JobFest and valued the sessions which were available to School Groups and the general public.

UK Shared Business Services website

Disability Experts CIC

Our organisation assists people with disabilities, health or mental health difficulties to live as independently as possible, which can include employment and training. We also liaise with businesses of all sizes to make their work places and their recruit processes accessible to employees and applicants with disabilities.

Disability Experts website

Swindon Women's Aid

Swindon Women's Aid is a domestic abuse service for residents living in the Swindon area. Our service operates 24 hours a day and 365 days a year and supports both female and male victims of domestic violence and abuse. It’s confidential and free of charge.

We provide support to those living in Swindon who need help to exit their abusive relationships safely, and provide emergency refuge to those who need to flee their homes due to the violence and abuse. We have a 24 hour a day telephone helpline 01793 610610 which is answered by specialist domestic abuse service staff who can provide advice and support irrespective of the time you call - day or night.

We have the following careers at our charity:

  • Independent Domestic Violence Advisors (IDVAs)
  • Refuge Support Advisors (RSAs)
  • Children & Young Persons Service
  • Administration
  • Finance
  • Support staff

Swindon Women's Aid website

The National Trust

We’re keen to open up new routes into jobs at the National Trust. That’s why we’re continually growing the number and range of apprenticeships we offer, helping individuals earn while they learn and contribute to the care of our special places. These roles can be across our organisation – they could be in many areas (and this is growing all the time) such as IT, hospitality, gardening, rangering and business administration to name a few!

As a large local employer we are keen to support the Jobfest at Steam. Over a quarter of our current apprentices are based here in Swindon, so it’s great to meet a large number of our future apprentices.

The National Trust jobs website

Barclays UK PLC

Wherever we are in Barclays, whatever we do, we are united and guided by one common purpose: creating opportunities to rise. Because we know that when we help our customers, clients, colleagues and society to rise, Barclays will rise with them.

We are one of the world’s largest and most respected financial institutions. We’ve helped millions of communities, millions of individuals and millions of businesses thrive; we’ve created financial solutions and technology that the world now takes for granted; we’ve helped people all over the world to rise.

This is a new world, and we’re designing a Barclays UK for the future. Our industry is being revolutionised, and our customers are behaving differently. We’re redefining our roles, the way we work and the services we provide. All of this will take the talent and commitment of our colleagues, and we are committed to supporting everyone that works here to develop and enjoy a rewarding experience. We give each and every one of our colleagues the support and opportunity to build their best possible careers, in a place where they can truly be themselves. Together, we rise.

Barclays UK jobs website

Business West

Business West is a not-for-profit company which offers business support to start-up and growing businesses in the West of England. It has a staff of 200 and a turnover of £10m. Business West works with over 20,000 businesses.

Business West careers website

Young Enterprise Swindon (YES)

Young Enterprise Swindon was set up to provide a business network for young professionals and entrepreneurs in Swindon. We host a range of different events in interesting venues across Swindon and showcase the many talented young people living and working in the region.

Whilst we don’t employ, we do help those looking to start their own business and can help with providing careers advice and guidance. This is because many of our members are only a little older and have gone through the same challenges facing those attending Jobfest.

Young Enterprise Swindon

BMW Group

The growth of BMW Group’s UK operations has been significant. MINI Plant Oxford, the heart of MINI production, began producing MINIs in 2001 and has now produced over three million to date. BMW Plant Hams Hall started producing 4-cylinder petrol engines in 2001. Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Limited began manufacturing vehicles at its Goodwood plant in 2003, while MINI Plant Swindon has been the main supplier of MINI body panels since 2005.

BMW Group jobs website

Beard Construction

Over the years we have developed a wide skill set, and our combination of traditional building skills and modern construction management techniques enable us to deliver challenging and award-winning projects. These are often in difficult locations or in constrained conditions, working alongside our customers' own activities.

Vacancies are advertised on the company website. We regularly offer opportunities for traineeships and apprenticeships, and offer Graduate Training Programmes from Level 2 upwards for site carpenters, quantity surveyors and construction site management.

Beard Construction jobs website

MJ Church

We are a local business with civil engineering, waste management, plant & transport hire and skip hire divisions.

In the civil engineering division we are able to undertake projects ranging from bulk earthworks through to complex and heavy civil engineering projects, as both principal and sub-contractor. Our project values range from less than £100K through our Small Works Team or wholly owned subsidiary Oakbourne Construction, to multi-million pound projects for both private and public sector clients. All of our contracting teams have the necessary skills, experience, knowledge and qualifications to consistently deliver successful projects on time and within budget.

M.J. Church website

Create Studios Digital Media CIC

Create Studios is an award-winning digital production company with a 35 year track record and a commitment to growing the next generation of diverse digital talent in Swindon and Wiltshire. We have formal and informal learning pathways for young people, and our alumni are working in the industry nationally and internationally. Find out more and how to get involved.

Create Studios website

Torin-Sifan Limited

Torin-Sifan designs and manufactures highly efficient motors and fans for the residential and commercial heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) manufacturing markets worldwide.

We offer a number of initiatives including apprenticeships, NVQ’s and graduate engineering schemes. If you’re interested to find out more about what we do and our current job opportunities - come and speak to us, we’ll be happy to answer your questions.

Torin-Sifan website

Rockstar Climbing Limited

We are currently the largest indoor rock-climbing centre in the South West, offering climbers of all abilities and ages to experience the world of climbing.

We offer work experience, apprenticeships and of course part/full time employment positions. Starting as a Customer Relations member and working your way up to be a fully qualified instructor and Team Leader!

Rockstar Climbing website

The Enterprise Network/Workshed Swindon

The Enterprise Network has centres around Swindon and Wiltshire – our job is to help people start their own business.

Our Swindon centre – the Workshed – focusses on digital businesses, and is offering several events for young people to learn digital skills and find out about businesses in the area who need those skills.

The Enterprise Network website

Ministry of Defence (MOD)

The Ministry of Defence (MOD) is a central government department with a mission to protect our country and provide the ultimate guarantee of its security and independence, as well as helping to protect its values and interests abroad.

To do this we must meet a complex range of threats and challenges in a rapidly changing world. We must adapt to stay ahead and shape our capability to address tomorrow’s threats, not yesterday’s. We will build more versatile and agile forces for the future, and ensure our people have what they need to do what we ask of them. We cannot do everything on our own, so we must work effectively with our allies and partners

We offer a range of careers both in the armed forces, reserves and civilians so however you want to contribute to our mission, either through serving in the British Army, Royal Navy, Royal Air Force or as a civil servant, there will be something to suit you.

Ministry of Defence website

Babcock International PLC

Babcock is a leading provider of critical, complex engineering services which support national defence, save lives and protect communities.

We focus on three highly regulated markets – defence, emergency services and civil nuclear – delivering vital services and managing complex assets in the UK and internationally. We are a trusted partner who understands the key roles that our technology, our expertise, our infrastructure and our assets play in ensuring our customers can deliver. We share risk with them in delivering innovation, and we share the benefits. We deliver our services through our four sectors: Marine, Nuclear, Land and Aviation.

Babcock website

MHA Monahans

As a leading independent Firm of chartered accountants and commercial advisers, we are always on the lookout for passionate people to join our teams. So, if you are already qualified or just starting out in the industry, we will give you the opportunity to keep developing and growing your experience.

MHA Monahans website

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