10 Reasons to become an Apprentice

1) Gain relevant Qualifications

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Steadfast Apprenticeships allow you to gain a Qualification while working in your desired industry with on-the-job training.

2) Get Experience

As Steadfast offer ‘on-the-job’ training you not only gain a qualification you also gain experience.

3) Earn a Wage

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Whilst your friends are racking up massive debts at Uni you’ll be earning a wage while still learning!

4) Build your CV

You are adding to your CV – not only with experience and qualifications but also showing you are employable!

5) Become more employable!

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You’re increasing your employability! ICM Research revealed that employers in England rate qualified apprentices as 15% more employable than those with other qualifications.

6) Gain Responsibility

A third (32%) of all former apprentices had received a promotion within 12 months of finishing, and of those in work, three quarters (75%) reported taking on more responsibility in their job.

7) Become Independent

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Nothing makes you feel more independent than earning your own money and having your own responsibilities!

8) Get Support

Steadfast Training Ltd assigns you your own assessor who will support you throughout the Apprenticeship programme.

9) Develop Workplace Ethics

Training in the workplace allows you to work alongside a variety of people from different roles, ages, genders, religions and races – Our Apprenticeships also cover Employment Right and Responsibilities (ERR)

10) Start your Career

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What are you waiting for?

Contact Steadfast Training Ltd on 08452232401 or visit us at steadfasttraining,co.uk to find out more on Apprenticeships.

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We Placed our 500th Young Apprentice!

Last week we celebrated placing our  ‘500th Young Apprentice’ Matthew Tyrell, a previous Spalding Grammar School pupil, who joined Roythornes Solicitors to undertake a Level 2 Business Administration Apprenticeship.

 

“I am pleased to be undertaking an Apprenticeship  at a Solicitors with a good reputation, to help my employment opportunities in the future, whilst getting paid to learn. The support I have received from Steadfast Training Ltd has been great and they have guided me through every step of the apprenticeship programme with a friendly and professional nature.”

– Matthew Tyrell, Apprentice

Courtesy of Spalding Guardian

Courtesy of Spalding Guardian

Roythornes Solicitors, one of the largest firms of solicitors in the East of England, will provide Matthew with an excellent foundation to start his career.

 

“We’re delighted to be working with Steadfast and to have Matthew as a part of our team.  Apprenticeships offer a great channel for people to learn about the world of work whilst gaining valuable experience and of course qualifications which will help them through their career.

As a large employer in the region we see ourselves as part of the community and anything we can do to help has to be a positive move.”

– Mark Dodds, Roythornes Solicitors Marketing Manager

 

“We were extremely pleased to hear that Steadfast’s 500th apprentice is a recent Spalding Grammar School pupil, and we are thrilled that Matthew is now working for a reputable, local firm such as Roythornes who can offer him a bright and promising future within law.

It is important to support not only our students who stay on for 6th Form and choose to go to University, but also those that embark on a career that best suits them and their future pathway. Our relationship with Steadfast Training is developing rapidly and we have placed other students in responsible positions with their invaluable help and guidance. We wish Matthew all the best for the future and offer our thanks to Steadfast for all their efforts in finding him a suitable placement with plenty of opportunity to grow.”

–All staff and teachers at Spalding Grammar School

“Steadfast has grown significantly in the last 18 months, based on our reputation for quality which was has been reinforced through our latest ‘Good’ OFSTED report and our retention of the prestigious ‘Matrix Standard’”

 – Jason Parnell, Managing Director

Read the Full story: ow.ly/BFT2d

For Further Information please contact Denise Sheed or Chloe Robinson on 0845 223 2401 or email denise.sheed@steadfasttraining.co.uk or Chloe.robinson@steadfasttraining.co.uk

Interview Etiquette

Appearance

The first thing the interviewer will notice is your appearance so remember it’s better to overdress than underdress! Dress conservatively and don’t let your clothes steal the show (P.S. don’t overdo it on the perfume/aftershave – you don’t want to choke your interviewer)

Good interview etiquette tells you to arrive at your interview 10 minutes early and always make sure your phone is turned off!

Non Verbal Communication

Always maintain eye contact with your interviewer – try to avoid staring at them though!  If you have more than one interviewer then always address the person who asked the question.

Interviews are nerve wracking but try to crack down on your nervous habits such as playing with your hair, giggling or gazing around the room; employers want confidence not a bag of nerves.

And of course there is the handshake, a lot of stress is put into the handshake but don’t overthink it! A nice firm handshake will please all employers but don’t go over the top and crush your interviewer’s hand.

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Body Language

There are a few body language tips that you should put into practise the first is DO NOT fold your arms, folding your arms will make you appear unfriendly and disengaged, the next rule is DO NOT slouch, slouching will give the impression that you are uninterested. However you SHOULD sit up straight and lean slightly forward to appear interested.  Checking your watch throughout your interview will also give the impression you’re eager to leave – try to avoid that!

Thank you

After your interview don’t forget to say thank you, either by Email or Post – post gives a more personal touch!

Top Tips

  • Don’t Slouch
  • Maintain Eye contact
  • Turn your Mobile Off
  • Don’t check your watch
  • Say Thank you!

Thanks for reading,

Steadfast Training Ltd.

My Story so far – Social Media Apprenticeship

Hi, it’s Chloe again.

As those of you who follow Steadfast Training Ltd’s Blog and Facebook page may know I’m currently partaking a Social Media and Digital Marketing Apprenticeship with Steadfast and post regular updates on how I’m doing and what I’ve been up to and to offer advice to other apprentices out there.

I’m in the last stretch of my Apprenticeship now with only a few months left, luckily for me Steadfast encourages progression and many of its apprentices have gone on to become part of the permanent team! I’ve already had a discussion with my manager on what the next steps are after my apprenticeship and it involves the chartered institute of Marketing! If you’re unsure on what will happen at the end of your apprenticeship then I suggest you schedule a meeting with your manager to discuss the options.

I’m whole heartedly looking forward to furthering my career with Steadfast Training Ltd and seeing where the next steps will take me in the form of more training and experiences, I wonder how much I’ll progress in five years’ time? – Don’t worries I’ll still keep you all up to date!

I feel as if I’ve gained a lot of responsibility whilst at Steadfast and thoroughly enjoy being in charge of my own projects and I’ve not only learnt a lot through my coursework but also learnt a lot about the workplace and gained brilliant work ethics from some of the greatest colleagues. I can honestly say starting an apprenticeship with Steadfast Training Ltd was the best career move I will ever make.

Feel free to drop a comment below if you have any advice or questions!

Thanks for reading!

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How to Prepare for an Interview

Research

Make sure you research the organisation you could be working for, find out what they do, how they do it and why they do it – learning the history of the business is also a great idea! Make sure you’re up to date on the News and current affairs in the organisations sector too.

You should also research the role you applied for and the News/current affairs that are related to it. You should analyse where your skills and expertise fit in to the Job role and how you would put them in to use.

Researching how the Interview will take place can also help. Will it be a single, group or panel interview? Who will be interviewing you? What will they want to find out? Knowing the answers to these questions can help you anticipate what questions the interviewer may ask you.

Questions

Unfortunately, unless you’re a Mind Reader there is no way of knowing what you will be asked in your job interview – but this doesn’t mean you can’t prepare!

Prepare answers to common interview questions such as ‘Do you have any weaknesses?’ or ‘Where do you see yourself in 5 years’ time?’ Having answers prepared will decrease your hesitation and maybe eliminate the ‘umm-ing and ahh-ing’. You should also prepare answers to role-specific questions you think they will ask.

Ask

Asking your interviewer questions can give you top points if you ask the correct one! Prepare yourself a list of questions to ask your employer – we suggest going with something along the lines of ‘Do you offer any training opportunities?’

Plan

Plan your outfit in advance to save time and ensure they’re clean and easy to find (surely I’m not the only one who loses items or clothing?). Plan your travel and timing, e.g.  how are you going to get there? Have you given yourself enough time? Etc.

Practise

Run through your interview questions with a friend and ask for feedback!

Good Luck,

Steadfast Training Ltd

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How to Prepare for an Interview

Research

Make sure you research the organisation you could be working for, find out what they do, how they do it and why they do it – learning the history of the business is also a great idea! Make sure you’re up to date on the News and current affairs in the organisations sector too.

You should also research the role you applied for and the News/current affairs that are related to it. You should analyse where your skills and expertise fit in to the Job role and how you would put them in to use.

Researching how the Interview will take place can also help. Will it be a single, group or panel interview? Who will be interviewing you? What will they want to find out? Knowing the answers to these questions can help you anticipate what questions the interviewer may ask you.

Questions

Unfortunately, unless you’re a Mind Reader there is no way of knowing what you will be asked in your job interview – but this doesn’t mean you can’t prepare!

Prepare answers to common interview questions such as ‘Do you have any weaknesses?’ or ‘Where do you see yourself in 5 years’ time?’ Having answers prepared will decrease your hesitation and maybe eliminate the ‘umm-ing and ahh-ing’. You should also prepare answers to role-specific questions you think they will ask.

Ask

Asking your interviewer questions can give you top points if you ask the correct one! Prepare yourself a list of questions to ask your employer – we suggest going with something along the lines of ‘Do you offer any training opportunities?’

Plan

Plan your outfit in advance to save time and ensure they’re clean and easy to find (surely I’m not the only one who loses items or clothing?). Plan your travel and timing, e.g.  how are you going to get there? Have you given yourself enough time? Etc.

Practise

Run through your interview questions with a friend and ask for feedback!

Good Luck,

Steadfast Training Ltd

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