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The Simple Guide to Finding an Apprenticeship Employer


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The Simple Guide to Finding an Apprenticeship Employer will give you an understanding of apprenticeships. If you are considering or have applied for an apprenticeship then this guide will give you all …

The Simple Guide to Finding an Apprenticeship Employer will give you an understanding of apprenticeships. If you are considering or have applied for an apprenticeship then this guide will give you all the information that you will need to understand what the process is, how to apply, the things that you will need and useful information for further research. It will help you with writing a CV and how to prepare for the interview as well as the benefits of completing and apprenticeship and how much you can earn.

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  • 1. The simple guide to Finding an Apprenticeship Employer
  • 2. Apprenticeship Overview So you have applied for an Apprenticeship, but do you really know what an Apprenticeship is and how they work? Below is a quick explanation that should answer any queries you may have. What are Apprenticeships? Apprenticeships are an integrated framework of qualifications consisting of a Vocational Qualification called an NVQ or more commonly now a QCF (Qualification Credit Framework) , Functional Skills and in most cases a Technical Certificate. As a combination of vocational and key skills, Apprenticeships are increasingly recognised as essential for young people entering employment. They can also be an acceptable route to Higher Education, especially through the latest Foundation Degrees. Acceptance onto the programme will be based on interview, Initial Assessment results and GCSE grades at C and above would be ideal, but not compulsory. An Apprenticeship is a work based vocational training programme delivered by Pathway College – Pathway have an offer which delivers the training in the work place. Unlike the traditional college method of a day release basis, this is usually preferred by both employers and apprentices What are the benefits of an Apprenticeship? The Apprentice is given the opportunity to be trained in a real job, whilst earning a real wage at the same time. All of these programmes are about practical skills and abilities and our Apprentices are rewarded with respected nationally recognised qualifications. The Apprenticeships have been designed by industry to equip young people with the skills they need to succeed in their chosen careers. The benefits of an Apprenticeship to the employer includes: improved productivity, motivated staff, relevant training and avoidance of skills shortages. For an Apprentice, an Apprenticeship isn’t just a job; it’s the first step towards a long-term career. Over the years, Pathway College has worked with a large range of companies across the region, who have benefited from training an Apprentice. Apprenticeships focus on the whole job, not just individual skills. Apprentices learn through on and off-the-job education and training. Through their placement the Apprentice gains practical training experience and onsite assessments within the workplace, and gain supported learning within College. Unlike many training courses, Apprenticeships are designed by businesses for businesses. Sector Skills Councils, composed of business representatives from relevant sector or industry decide on the course content within their own sector. This means Apprenticeships offer your business relevant, nationally recognised qualifications. How much do you earn whilst on an Apprenticeship programme? The wage is negotiable between the employer and the Apprentice, but must be a minimum of £2.65 an hour (for under 19 year olds and 19+ in their first year of the apprenticeship). The Apprentice will adhere to all aspects of the company’s Terms and Conditions of Employment as dictated by the employer. In order to start on the Apprenticeship Scheme with Pathway College you MUST have employment within the relevant sector you have applied to undertake an Apprenticeship, If you have not yet secured an employer to support you through the Apprenticeship, then Pathway can assist you by giving you advice and guidance possibly in the form of an interview or possibly pre-apprenticeship training.
  • 3. National Apprenticeship Vacancy Matching https://apprenticeshipvacancymatchingservice. Service (NAVMS) aspx NAVMS is a new nationwide system that has been designed to enable young people wishing to undertake an Apprentice to search, view and apply for Apprenticeship opportunities offered by employers anywhere within England. The Apprenticeship Vacancy Matching Service is a national initiative supported by Government and is the Apprenticeship ‘one stop shop’ for individuals to search and apply for Apprenticeships. It allows employers to place vacancies to be marketed to the widest possible audience at no cost. The system which is free to use, will have live job vacancies for you to apply for from companies looking to take on an Apprentice; it should also allow potential Apprentices to upload a copy of their C.V. in order for potential employers to view. Any vacancies that Pathway College are currently trying to fill in will be advertised on NAVMS – all job details will appear on the vacancy page, including instructions for applying for any vacancies advertised - it is important you follow these directions and apply in the correct manner. All vacancies will have a closing date so bear this in mind and make sure you apply in good time. Accessing NAVMS NAVMS can be accessed through the Apprenticeship website: This is the Apprenticeships website where you will find lots of information about Apprenticeships and types of Apprenticeships that are offered nationwide. In order to search vacancies on NAVMS, you will need to register for an account and set up log-in details for yourself. This can be done by following the subsequent pages/sections on the website • • • • • • homepage Vacancies for Apprentices Visit Apprenticeship Vacancy Matching System I am looking for an Apprenticeship New User (register now) Set up your log in Searching for vacancies Once you have set up your account you can use the quick link below to get directly to search pages: Within the search box you will need to enter your keywords for the type of employment/apprenticeship you are seeking then choose the relevant location in order to search. Apply Apply for vacancies that take your interest or the match the type of Apprenticeship you want to undertake within the geographical location you can or are willing to travel to. It is important that you follow the instructions of making an application carefully, bear in mind the closing date for the vacancy if you wish to apply at a later date. Any applicants that you make for a vacancy will be saved in your account information. As your application progresses you shall be notified via the NAVMS system.
  • 4. Your home address Hometown Postcode Date Name of person you are writing to Company Name Company Address Postcode Dear Mr/s............... I am hoping to get an Apprenticeship in............ School and I am writing to enquire if your company will be taking on any apprentices this year. I will be available for work from July 2013. I am currently studying for my GCSE ‘s at.................School. my anticipated GCSE grades are............... I am interested in working in the............sector/industry and I have some experience of this type of work from the part time job I have held at............(if you do not have direct experience within the sector you are looking for employment, you can express that you have a keen interest and state anything that you have done related to the subject) I have enclosed a copy of my CV for you to take a look at and would be very grateful if you could consider me for any positions that become available within your Company, which would allow me to complete an Apprenticeship. I am available for interview at your very earliest convenience and look forward to hearing from you Yours sincerely signature Name
  • 5. Writing a CV • Logical – start with your name and contacts details, work through your school, college and any work experience. • Accurate – proof read it and make sure it makes sense and there are no spelling mistakes – it is always worthwhile getting someone else to check it too as they may spot things you don’t • Keep it short and to the point – don’t waffle! A maximum of 2 sides of A4 is plenty. What does Curriculum Vitae or CV mean? It’s Latin phrase that means ‘’Path of Life’’-in other words it is a kind of life story but not the kind that gives all your secrets away! It should only include things which are relevant to your application for employment, relevant experience and a statement about yourself showing how keen and enthusiastic you are. How to write a CV Writing a CV for the first time can seem like an impossible task. You just don’t know what to put in or what to leave out. You may feel you’ve done nothing and achieved nothing that’s relevant. Getting started is the hardest part. However, by thinking about your skills and experiences to date you will soon be able to create an accurate summary of all the positives things about you that can help land you that job! There are basically 2 types of CV’s (Curriculum Vitae): • Chronological CV-Chronological means ‘’in order time’’ and is a way of listing things in date order. This is the most common way to write a CV and puts everything you have done in date order-starting with your most recent experiences and achievements. • Functional CV - Functional means ‘’practical ’’ and is more about your skills and achievements – starting with what you think is most important or relevant to the job you are applying for. In the main, a ‘’Chronological ’’CV will be the better option, as at this stage in your career you are less likely to have gained enough practical experience to develop a ‘’ Functional ‘’ CV. Along with your CV you will be sending a cover letter. See page 7 to see how to put together a covering letter. You must be precise – a CV that is too long or too many pages will probably end up in the bin. If you get to interview stage, this is the time to tell the employer about yourself. Make sure that your CV is: • Typed – if you don’t have your own equipment, use school, college, Connexions Centre or try your local library. • Clear – don’t try to be fancy! Keep it black print on white paper in an easy to read font such as Ariel 12. Above all be honest in your CV – remember you will have to support anything you have written when you get to interview stage!
  • 6. Employment/Work Experience Describe achievements, not just responsibilities. Show what you achieved for the company during your time there. If there are things that you were part of at school or college that were recognised as being successful, make sure you mention them. Include any voluntary or work placement activities, as well as part time work whether it is a paper round, babysitting, shop work – it all shows you are keen to work and have already gained practical skills. It is also worth remembering that having done any kind of voluntary work shows a good level of motivation and demonstrates how keen you are to work and gain practical experience, so include this too. Try and show how you have gained the skills you have, which are needed for the job which you are applying. Don’t belittle or under value your experience. It is up to you to show how and why it had given you useful skills. Most jobs require: • • • • The ability to communicate with other people Being able to work as part of a team Being able to work under pressure Being prepared to do your share of mundane tasks Skills You should include: • Languages • Computing/IT Skills • Keyboard Skills • Communication Skills • Problem Solving Skills • Ability to work on your own or as a member of a team • Driving ability (provisional or full license) • Membership of relevant clubs or societies Make sure you list any other skills that will interest an employer if they are relevant. When listing languages make sure you include your level such as fluent, intermediate, or basic. For computing skills make sure you mention the packages you have used such as Microsoft Word, Excel, Access, Powerpoint, Outlook, e-mail, internet etc Show your ability to type quickly and accurately. Make sure you spell driving licence the UK spelling licence and not the US spelling license.
  • 7. CV Templates Style Two 22 South Rd, South Town , SW8 1TM 07876 123545 Objective Experience [Describe your career goal or ideal job. [Job Title] [Dates of Employment] [Company Name], [Town, County] responsibility/achievement] responsibility/achievement] responsibility/achievement] [Job Title] [Dates of employment] [company Name], [Town, County] responsibility/achievement] responsibility/achievement] responsibility/achievement] [Job Title] [Dates of Employment] [Company Name], [Town, County] • • • [Job [Job [Job • • • [Job [Job [Job • • • [Job [Job [Job responsibility/achievement] responsibility/achievement] responsibility/achievement] [Job [Job [Job [Job Title] [Dates of employment] [company Name], [Town, County] responsibility/achievement] responsibility/achievement] responsibility/achievement] • • • Education • • [Degree [Special Interests References [School Name], [Town, County] [Date of attendance] obtained] award/accomplishment] [Briefly list interests that may pertain to the Type of Job you want.] References are available upon request
  • 8. The key things to remember are: • • • • Be confident, without being cocky Be polite, without sucking up Be enthusiastic, without going overboard Be knowledgeable, without looking like a know it all If you feel that you have had little formal work experience, try to think of things you have done in your personal life that you could use examples. Have you helped organise any events? Have you done anything for charity or any kind of voluntary work? Had a paper round? Note all the things you have done on a piece of paper and try to think of skills needed to do these things and you will soon see how much practical experience and how many skills you actually have. Even things like involvement in sports activities as a hobby can prove useful, as team sports teach you to appreciate the importance of teamwork, as well as encouraging you to use your initiative and make decisions. Be Prepared One way to help you to prepare for your interview is to draw up a checklist. This will help you focus on what you need to do and give you the opportunity to check you have done everything. You could include things such as: • If your interview information has been sent by letter, ring up and confirm that the time and date is okay for you. • During your confirmation call find out exactly where the interview will be held and what it will be like – will it be a panel, will there be any tests. • Give yourself plenty of time to get there, check out bus or train times in advance or whether it is easy to park. If possible, do a dummy run at the same time as your interview and by the same mode of transport you will be using on the day. • Decide what to wear – make sure what you choose is clean and smart and comfortable too. Ensure your shoes are clean too – get polishing if need be! • Fnd out about the company (e.g. Poundland ) and the sector (Retail) to show you are interested in that field. A few days before keep an eye on the TV news and read the newspapers in case there is a big story relating to that field you are going into, it there is, show that you are aware of it. • Read through you application form and CV. Think about what questions an interviewer might ask and come up with some replies. • Finally, try to go to bed at a reasonable time the night before so that you are fresh on the day and make sure you get up in plenty of time, ensuring you are not running around at the last minute!
  • 9. Who in your network - can Help you with Interviews? Talk to family and friends about their experiences, ask them about any particular questions they have been asked in an interview situation and how they are answered any questions they found particular tricky. Pathway College can run sessions on CV writing, covering letters and mock interviews through Student Services which may be useful. Should you be interested and able to come to our centre in Birmingham and surrounding areas then please contact our Apprenticeship Team on 0121 707 0550. The can offer a range of initial guidance and support specific to Apprenticeships. From assistance with CV building to supporting vacancy applications, from character building to information on qualifications available for improving skills. To access this support, please contact the Apprenticeship Recruitment Team on : 0121 707 0550 Email: There is also lots of online help. Connexions have a website which will help you out. You can also speak to a personal Adviser at your local Connexions Centre or National Careers Service. In addition to this as briefly mentioned earlier on, check out job related websites such as: • • • • • • • • • • •