The Glasgow School of Art Technical Graduate Intern Application Form Firstly let me say thank you for applying for one of the graduate intern positions. This program has been developed through collaboration with Technical Services and the Students’ Association, and is a new initiative for the Glasgow School of Art. It is envisaged that these paid positions will enable a graduate to learn the skills and gain the experience that will help them beyond graduation. The roles will be paid 3 days (21 hours) a week for 12 weeks during the period of 24th March – 13th June 2014. Outside of these hours the intern will be able to access the facilities to develop their own practice (subject to availability and requirements of current students). The rate of pay will be above the living wage (£7.48 per hour). The three intern spaces available are •
3D Making – Assisting technical staff in wood, metal and advanced protyping areas in the central workshop. The intern will be trained to DATA standard and, working with skilled staff, have the chance to develop practical, maintenance and machining skills in this area. Day to day the intern will be responsible for keeping the workshops tidy, basic maintenance, organising stock and keeping project notes of student consultations. Fashion – Assisting the fashion technician in dealing with general student requests like checking in or out equipment, preparing machines, providing yarns & fabrics, at the same time they will benefit from working alongside a highly skilled technician learning new skills both practical and social. Working within the F&T team will also expose the intern to a wide variety of situations that will stand them in good stead for the future. Casting – Assisting the casting technician in managing the casting workshop. The intern will be trained to DATA standard and, working with skilled staff, have the chance to develop practical, organizational and maintenance skills in this area. Day to day the intern will be ensuring the workshop is clean and tidy, organising stock and keeping notes of student consultations.
Criteria for Applying • • • •
All applicants must be graduates of the Glasgow School of Art. All applicant must have graduated from 2011 or later All applicants must be available for the 12 week period of the internships: 24th March – 13th June 2014. Applicant can only apply for one of the three places
ROLE DESCRIPTION TECHNICAL INTERN The technical intern will assist technical staff in providing a safe and efficient resource for use by students and staff. PRINCIPAL ACCOUNTABILITIES The principal duties and responsibilities of the post holder are: Communication • Conferring with technical staff and students on technical related matters; • Maintaining stock records; • Ensuring knowledge of Risk Assessments and Health & Safety reports; Teamwork & Motivation • Participating in and contributing to the team by providing effective support to technical staff and ensuring the smooth and efficient running of the workshop. • Receiving verbal and written guidance from technical staff in ensuring the safe and efficient running of the workshop Liaison & Networking • Liaising with internal support departments including Estates and Health & Safety Service Delivery • Providing an efficient and high standard of service by responding promptly to requests for support from technical staff and students • Contributing to the quality of service provided by identifying any short falls and recommending improvements; • Anticipating and pre-‐empting requirements of relevant parties by adopting a proactive approach ensuring tools and stock are where they should be and work areas are clean and tidy
Decision-‐making • Supporting the decision-‐making of others by recommending improvements to processes and purchasing equipment and stock. Planning & Organising • Receiving and acting on guidance from technical staff to complete set tasks daily; • Contributing to the planning and organising of Departmental and/or School-‐wide events, e.g. inductions, Degree Show etc. Initiative & Problem-‐solving • Showing initiative and creativity to meet needs of technical staff and students; • Feed in to project specific problems relating to students; • Assessing practical options for students/staff in order to assist in the realisation of their ideas. Analysis & Research • Analysis of stock levels in line with ongoing projects; • Carrying out appropriate routine maintenance checks and reporting faults or failures; • Researching technical developments in the field in order to remain abreast of new processes, methods, materials, equipment etc.
Sensory & Physical Demands • Carrying out tasks which require either learning certain methods or routines or involve moderate physical effort, e.g. operating machinery or equipment to perform detailed operations, lifting large or heavy objects etc. Work Environment • Understanding how the work environment could impact on own work or that of students and colleagues; • Ensuring the work environment is clean tidy and free of unnecessary hazards; • Undertaking standard actions, in line with Health & Safety requirements/guidelines, to adapt to the environment; • Using protective equipment, e.g. when handling hazardous chemicals, operating dangerous machinery etc. Knowledge & Experience • Applying working knowledge of theory and practice, sharing this knowledge with others as appropriate, e.g. the ability to interpret rules, procedures and regulations and provide advice to others on how technical processes should be undertaken; • Demonstrating professional development by acquiring relevant skills and competencies.
Application Form Outline of application. •
This form will cover areas such as past experience working in your chosen area, rationale for wanting to apply for the program, what you feel you can bring to the role and how it will assist you in later life. Please keep the answers succinct and where possible try to provide examples to support you answer.
Deadline for application: 17th January 2014 Please submit completed forms to firstname.lastname@example.org
What program did you study at GSA? What year did you graduate?
Which of the three areas are you applying for?
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Why have you chosen to apply for this specific area of technical resources? (300 – 500 words) ~~~~~~~~
What past experiences, if any, have you had working in your selected area? (300 – 500 words) ~~~~~~~~ What do you feel you can bring to the position? (300 – 500 words) ~~~~~~~~ How can you see this intern program benefitting your future career? (300 – 500 words) ~~~~~~~~ Thank you for completing this application form. We will be in touch in due course. Sam De Santis
Head of Technical Services