Tasha’s story

Hi everyone! My name is Tasha and I am currently undertaking a Social Media and Digital Marketing Level 3 apprenticeship at Steadfast Training. I’m writing this blog post to share with you how I came to work for Steadfast and if I’d recommend an Apprenticeship.

So, I left High school after finishing my GCSE’S and joined a college to do level 2 and 3 Diplomas in Travel and Tourism, I loved travelling and thought this would be a great option to do something I loved whilst having a career, however it just wasn’t for me. When my second year of Travel and Tourism started to come to an end I decided to do something I really had a passion for, so after my two years at college were up I decided to start a year long course at a different college which was a level 2 Diploma in Hair and Media ,Makeup. I loved this course and most importantly it got me my certificate meaning that I could then get my insurance and become a freelance makeup artist working from home. After finishing my college course, I was lucky enough that a job came up close to me and exactly what I thought I wanted, fast forward 8 months and I really wasn’t happy in this job role and needed something new to get stuck into and to find something I really enjoyed.

That’s when I applied for a Social Media and Digital Marketing apprenticeship at Steadfast Training. I came for an interview and they rang a couple of days later telling me I’d been successful.

I started my apprenticeship in April and I am now over half way through, I not only run the company’s social media accounts but also help my manager with everything else to do with marketing! I’m definitely enjoying it and each day is very different. I get on with my apprenticeship course work in my spare time and it is a lot easier and less stressful than expected, if I do need any help my manager and assessor are great for support.

I’d recommend an apprenticeship to anyone thinking of doing one, you don’t have to be a school leaver either so anyone can apply. You get to learn on the job which in my opinion is one of the best ways of learning and you also get paid like a normal job, I really feel that schools should give more information on apprenticeships because if I had known I would’ve applied for one sooner!

 

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What its like working in the healthcare industry.

If you’re passionate about helping people, finding a job in the healthcare industry can be one of the most rewarding career choices there is. There’s a variation of jobs to fit everyone’s skills and you don’t necessarily need extensive medical knowledge.

Here’s 5 reasons why working in the healthcare industry would be perfect for you.

  • It’s a rapidly growing industry; The NHS is the fifth largest employer in the world, with approximately 1.7 million workers across the UK, Wales, Scotland, and Northern Ireland.
  • You make a positive impact every day; Regardless of your specific role in the industry, everything you do will play some part in helping people. Working in healthcare allows you to nurture your desire to help others, and at the same time, earn a living.
  • Great benefits; Benefits of working for the NHS include: one of the UK’s best pension schemes, pay enhancements to reward out of hours work, and an annual personal development review to support your career aspirations.
  • It’s a fast-passed environment; In any role within healthcare you will face challenges and meet new people every day. There is never a dull day in healthcare.
  • You don’t need years of education; some careers require no experience and give you all the training you’ll need.

If you’re interested in working in healthcare or perhaps a change of career to something you’ll really be passionate about theclinical-medical-assistantn visit our website to see what apprenticeships we offer to get you started.

Being safe on Halloween!

If you’re planning on heading out trick or treating this year, or perhaps your children are, there’s a few things you should do to stay safe:

  • Make sure a responsible adult or guardian goes with you
  • Plan your route before you leave the house and make sure someone else knows where you are going
  • Carry a torch and wear reflective or light-coloured clothing so you can be seen
  • Stay close to home and if possible only visit the houses of people you know
  • NEVER enter a stranger’s home
  • Stay on pavements and check carefully before crossing a road.
  • Throw away any treats or sweets that have been opened or unwrapped
  • If you are wearing a mask, make sure that you can see clearly out of it
  • Make sure your costume is warm as temperatures can drop to 6’C.

 

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There can also be dangers for teens and adults. Whilst Halloween parties are a lot of fun, Its still important to stay safe and here’s why

  • Someone under a mask might not be who you think they are.
  • Say with friends so no one gets lost
  • Don’t put your drink down, this is an easy target for people looking to spike drinks.
  • Eat well before you go out, especially if you’re planning on drinking alcohol
  • Trust your own judgement. Don’t let peer pressure sway you into doing anything you don’t want to do, It’s okay to say no.
  • Know where you’re going and how you’re getting there.

Have fun and stay safe this Halloween!

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Google’s Safety Centre

On the 4th of October 2018 Google launched a new help centre dedicated to helping teachers educate students on online safety. The Google Safety Centre has resources and information to help teachers discuss important things such as data security, privacy controls, and online protection with their students. The site will eventually be available in more than 65 languages.

Last year Google surveyed over 200 teachers in the UK to learn about their experience with online safety in the classroom, they found that that teachers believe children should start learning about online safety at age seven, and 99% of the teachers we spoke to felt that online safety should be part of the curriculum, 37% of teachers admit they have witnessed an online safety issue occur while in school.

Here at Steadfast Training ltd we believe online safety is important for everyone, follow our Twitter, Facebook and Instagram pages for regular online safety tips, or follow our #websafewednesdays tag.

We have moved!

As the company has continued to grow it has been recognised that the business has required more space to expand but also to ensure adequate space for our Teams to grow. We are pleased to announce we have moved to a newly renovated 7,500 sq ft Office within a 1 Acre site located in Spalding. The new office is extensively open plan, holds large training rooms and modern hot desking for our field based teams.

This week we have all been working extremely hard to get moved into our new offices quickly and get back to business as normal.

Our new address is, 5 enterprise way, Pinchbeck, Spalding, PE113YR.

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How to Deal with Redundancy

 

Redundancy is when an employer reduces their workforce because a job or jobs are no longer needed. Dealing with redundancy is something that we all hope never to have to go through, the devastation can seem to much to handle but there are some ways you can hep yourself to deal with it.

First of all, it is important to know your rights. Employers legally have to follow strict procedures when making redundancies, including making sure the selection process is fair, that you receive an explanation in writing, and that the job losses are genuine redundancies and not just an excuse for getting rid of certain people.

You should always check your contract if you have one, this may mention details to do with redundancies, perhaps the likely compensation you’d receive etc. You may also be entitled to job seekers allowance or income support when unemployed to help with any bills you may have. If you are entitled to these or not it is important to plan your finances as soon as you know you are being made redundant.

If you would like more information or help handling redundancy, we offer a great great to help those going through the redundancy process to understand what is happening, how to avoid it in the future and the laws and redundancy. click here to find out more.

Top Tips for applying for a Apprenticeship.

When applying  for a apprenticeship it is important to remember that  its the first impression your possible future employers will get of you, so you best make it count!

  1. Concentrate on the application.

Apprenticeship vacancies often attract very high numbers of applicants. Your application needs to stand out – but for the right reasons.

2. Include all your details.

If A Employer reads your application and finds it promising, you want them to be able to contact you right?  Applications with missing details can be very frustrating for employers.

3. Sell Yourself.

Apprenticeships are becoming more and more popular meaning that you need to really sell yourself to an employer, make yourself fit the job and show off any skills you have.

4.Check your spellings!

Make sure to check all spellings and grammar,  This is important as it shows a good level of written communication and attention to detail.

5. Alter the application

Amend your application to fit around what each company want or ask for in the ad. Research the company a little before sending off the application.

6. check it over.

Last but not least check and double check your application. You want it to be perfect

To find out what apprenticeships we offer visit our website: http://www.steadfasttraining.co.uk/What-We-Offer-Learners.asp

Why you need a Fire Warden in your work place.

The important role that fire wardens play in ensuring your business is prepared for a fire emergency should not be underestimated. Along with your emergency plan, fire wardens are an important role to ensure that your workplace is prepared should an emergency like a fire occur.

While there is no requirement set in law to have fire wardens, it is important to appoint fire wardens to ensure that you meet your health and safety obligations in relation to emergency plans and procedures.

what does a fire warden do?

  • Regular fire risk assessments.
  • Fire prevention procedures to be carried out throughout the day.
  • Maintenance of fire emergency systems, including alarms, lighting and other safety features.
  • Maintenance of firefighting equipment, including the extinguishers.
  • Nominate and train competent persons to assist with the fire evacuation.
  • Provide information to staff and relevant people.
  • Produce a fire emergency plan.

Correct Fire warden training is crucial for a safe work environment, We offer a great online course to train your staff that are looking to become a designated Fire Marshal. Check it out here: http://www.steadfasttraining.co.uk/fire-marshall-training.asp

 

Dementia: What you need to know.

  1. Dementia is not just a part of getting older

The majority of people with dementia are over 65 however it isn’t a normal part of getting older. It’s not just older people that develop dementia, in the UK over 40,000 people under 65 have dementia.

2. There’s more to it than just memory loss.

Dementia is mainly associated with memory loss however it affects everyone differently.  This might include changes in behavior, confusion and disorientation, delusions and hallucinations, difficulty communicating, problems judging speeds and distances and even cravings for particular foods.

3.  Investment in dementia research is still low.

Combined government and charity investment in dementia research is 6.4 times lower than cancer research. Putting more  investment in dementia research to raise it to a similar level will help to find a much-needed cure.

4. Dementia is a global issue.

It was a common myth that dementia was only an issue in the western hemisphere but actually, the largest increases in dementia expected over the next 20 years are actually in places like China, India and Sub-Saharan Africa. Dementia affects 46.8 million people worldwide.

You can help. Dementia research desperately needs volunteers to help find new treatments and prevention. They also need people to understand the condition and spread awareness.

Visit our website today and complete our Dementia Awareness course:  http://www.steadfasttraining.co.uk/Online-Dementia.asp

Benefits to providing end-of-life care training

End of life care is for people who are nearing the end of life. The goal is to help you and everyone affected by your diagnosis to achieve the best quality of life.

End of life care aims to treat or manage pain and other physical symptoms. It will also help with any psychological, social or spiritual effects. Treatment will involve medicines, therapies, and any other support that specialist teams believe will help their patients.

As this is such a sensitive time for patients and families it is important for carers to be trained correctly in order to help the best they can.

  • Staff that have been trained correctly will be confident and competent in delivering end-of-life care that will ensure that the needs of patients and those closest to them are met well.
  • Supporting staff with training and education can help to sustain their health and well being at work and support them whilst providing care in difficult and emotionally demanding settings.
  • Training can be linked to business needs, for example, improving quality of care, ward productivity and efficiency.
  • You can maximize staff potential by providing them with skills that can be transferable to all care settings.

Visit our website to find out more about the courses we have to offer: http://www.steadfasttraining.co.uk/Online-Palliative-Care.asp