What to wear to a job interview.


“You never get a second chance to make a first impression”

This saying could not describe the interview process any better, although you will be judged on many factors such as experience, attitude and qualities, your appearance affects the interviewer’s first impressions of you before you’ve even sat down!

So, what do you wear?

Check out the company culture. Do employees of company wear suits or jeans to work every day? You should try to match or be slightly dressier than the normal work attire of the company. Make sure you dress appropriately, whether this is professional, business casual or casual, don’t go OTT – if you turn up in shorts and flip-flops while everyone else is in shorts you will stick out like a sore thumb and highlight the fact you may not fit in within the company.

Top Tips

  • Your image is your personal brand, let your personality shine through but not overpower you – dress accordingly.
  • Attention to detail – Make sure your make up, perfume or aftershave is natural and not overpowering. Your hair nails and facial hair should be neat and tidy – due to the recent popularity and fashion in facial hair this does not mean you have to be clean shaven.
  • It may be a good idea to remove all facial/visible piercings before your job interview.
  • Make sure your clothing fits well, is clean and neatly ironed.
  • Dress accordingly to the season.
  • Stick to smart yet comfortable shoes, make sure you can walk in them – wobbling around on sky high heels is not a good look!



Why choose an Apprenticeship in care?


Starting your career in care with an apprenticeship is quite possibly the most rewarding way, it will enable you to develop the skills that are needed and allow you to work in the industry, gaining first-hand experience, all whilst working towards a nationally recognised qualification

We have a range of apprenticeships available in the care sector from working with adults to caring for children; we aim to find the best apprenticeship for you, for more information on our courses visit http://www.steadfasttraining.co.uk/learners-courses.asp

To see current vacancies click here.

Start your career today and contact us on 0845 223 2401

Good luck!




Why study Digital Marketing?


Social Digital media is the fastest growing advertising and marketing tool businesses have at their disposals, it is constantly evolving and still very new in business terms yet has grown into a multi-billion pound industry very quickly.

Many companies have started employing their own social media and digital marketing teams and to build the businesses online presence on social networking sites such as Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.


Does this sound like the job for you? Do you love Social networking? Are you a Facebook fanatic, Instagram addict, or Tumblr lover? If so contact Steadfast Training Ltd on 0845 223 2401 and see how we can help you start the career of your dreams – become a part of the digital generation.

We offer a new social media and digital marketing apprenticeship to allow you to become a specialist in a variety of online marketing techniques, as well as developing your communication and research skills, all whilst gaining work experience (and earning a wage, which is great, right?)

We want to help you turn your social networking skills into a long rewarding career helping businesses embrace social networking! Our course covers modules from the principles of Social Media, keyword optimisation and much more.

Taking part of one of our apprenticeships could lead you on right the path of a variety of job roles from a Social Media assistant to a Digital communications officer.

Get involved and give us a call today! 0845 223 2401

What’s your favourite Social Networking site?

Good Luck!


What is an Apprenticeship?


Apprenticeships have boomed in popularity over recent years but there is still a shroud of uncertainty lingering over what an apprenticeship actually is.

So…What is an apprenticeship?

There is an out-dated stereotype that apprenticeships are only for traditional manual trades, such as construction or hairdressing when in fact you can find apprenticeships for almost every career. Steadfast Training Ltd offer courses in a variety of sectors from Warehousing & Storage to Digital Marketing, for more information on the courses we offer click here.

An apprenticeship is a real job with training, that means you earn a wage, gain paid holiday, develop skills employers want all whilst working towards a nationally recognised qualification! Sounds great, right?

How long does an apprenticeship take?

The beauty of an apprenticeship is that you can learn at a pace that is suitable for you, this means an apprenticeship can take anywhere from 12 months to four years, depending on your course.

Who are apprenticeships for?

Apprenticeships are open to all ages over 16, whether you’ve just left school, been working for years or looking to start a new career Steadfast Training Ltd can find an apprenticeship suitable for you.

How much will I earn?

All apprenticeships will earn a wage; the amount you earn is down to your employer. The national minimum wage for an apprentice is £2.73 an hour (Oct 2014), however here at Steadfast Training Ltd we encourage businesses to pay more and to reward good performance via an increase in wages.

How is learning completed in an Apprenticeship?

With a Steadfast Apprenticeship all training is done at the workplace, you will be assigned a specialist assessor who will visit you at work and guide you through the course.

Are you interested in starting a career?

If you want to become an apprentice contact us on 0845 223 2401 and we will help you gain the apprenticeship you want.

For detailed information about your rights as an Apprentice please visit the following website: http://www.direct.gov.uk/en/EducationAndLearning/14To19/OptionsAt16/DG_4001327

 Good luck!


Steadfast’s Top 5 Interview Tips

No one likes interviews but the team at Steadfast Training Ltd want to make the process as painless as possible, follow our tips, be yourself, add in some confidence and you will be ready to ace any job interview!Image

Tip one; Research

Ever heard of the saying ‘fail to plan, plan to fail’? It couldn’t hold any more truth in this situation – going to an interview with no knowledge on the company, industry or position you’ve applied for is setting yourself up for a huge fall.

Before your interview make sure you research the company, find out what they do and try to find their objectives or mission statement. Researching about the industry the company is in may also help you answer any industry specific questions the interviewer may throw at you – remember it’s always better to be over prepared than under prepared!

Tip two; Plan your answers

We know you can’t plan for every question the interviewer will ask you but practising your answers to common interview questions such as ‘What can you bring to the company?’ or the dreaded ‘Do you have any weaknesses?’ will boost your confidence and prevent you from making something up on the spot – not everyone works well under pressure!

Tip three; LImageook the part

You don’t need a designer suit to look the part, you just need to look smart and professional – make sure your outfit is washed and ironed the night before your interview to avoid any wardrobe induced panic. Ensure your nails are clean (no chipped nail varnish, girls!) and you look presentable- remember to do that last minute spot check before your interview, you don’t want to go in with your lunch stuck in your teeth! Keep your outfit, makeup and hair simple, nothing OTT.

Tip four; Body Language

You want to pull off a good first impression and slouching in your chair with a look of boredom over your face is not the way to go about it. Sit up straight and maintain a good posture throughout your interview, make eye contact and try not to fidget. The interviewer is going to pick someone who is strong in social situations and good body language is the way to show it!

I’m sure you’ve all been told interviewers like a good, firm handshake so don’t give them a limp one! Keep it firm and try to mimic the handshake you receive, don’t go over the top and crush their hand though.

Tip five; Ask Questions

Nearly every webpage giving advice on interviews will tell you to ask questions but we understand it is not that easy, sometimes you just don’t know what to ask. We suggest asking a question related to the position you applied for such as; ‘where will the job fit into the team structure?’ or ‘In what way is performance of my role measured and reviewed?’

There are some questions you should avoid such as asking a question about the company that can be easily found through a bit of online research.

Just remember to speak clearly, arrive on time (plan your route before you leave), sit correctly and stay calm!

Good Luck!


Who is Steadfast?

Steadfast Training Ltd is a nationally recognised provider of quality vocational training and Apprenticeships. We work with employers and learners throughout the East of England, East Midlands and Greater London. 

We Specialise in the delivery of Vocational Qualifications and Apprenticeships within many sectors, including Business & Administration, Customer Service, Health & Social Care, IT User, Management, Team Leading and Warehousing & Storage.

All our assessors are qualified industry professionals with a vast experience within their occupational sectors. This ensures a quality service that meets and understands the constraints in the modern workplace.

Our holistic approach to training requirements means you can ensure that all the training needs for your company are quickly recognised through our unique training evaluation programme. We are able to help you access full and part funded qualifications via Apprenticeships, and other core funding routes.