Katie’s Story | Business Administration Apprenticeship

Hi Guys, My name is Katie and I am currently undertaking a Business Admin apprenticeship at Steadfast Training Ltd. A couple of us have been asked to share a little bit about ourselves and our apprenticeship, so here I go with mine.

At school I did a Level 3 Business Extended Diploma and loved it, I found it very interesting and it kept me on my toes. There was a lot of work involved but as I found it enjoyable I flew through it and found myself wanting to do the work because I enjoyed it not because I had to. I then went on to college and studied a Teaching Extended Diploma for primary school teaching. I enjoyed this but as the year went on, I was more and more determined I was going down the wrong path and I wanted to do something within the Business sector.

I left college and worked full time until I found a Business Admin apprenticeship. I applied and got a phone call from Lauren here at Steadfast Training. She asked me a few questions about the company I applied for etc.

A few days later she rang me back and informed me that Steadfast Training Ltd wanted to have an interview with me. I went for an informal interview on the Thursday and a formal interview on the Friday. I was told at my interview that I would hear back within a few days to see how I got on. A couple of hours later after my interview, I got a phone call from Lauren saying I got the apprenticeship and could start Monday! I was over the moon! I was finally doing something in the sector that I enjoy and wanted to progress in.

I have only been doing my apprenticeship for only 3 months now but I am getting on so well, it feels like I’ve been here for years! I am really enjoying my apprenticeship, getting experience and I learn something new pretty much every day. I’m the sort of person that likes to learn by doing, not by writing about it so the apprenticeship suits me to the T.

I wasn’t sure about an apprenticeship before I started this one and already, only 3 months into my apprenticeship I love it and would recommend doing an apprenticeship to anyone that is thinking about it or is stuck on what to do.

You learn, get experience, earn money and get a qualification! What is not to love?

 

 

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Lauren’s Story | Social Media & Digital Marketing

My name’s Lauren, I’m undertaking a Social Media and Digital Marketing Level 3 apprenticeship at Steadfast Training, and I’ve been asked to share a bit about my Apprenticeship experience.*

(* I’m not really a fan of this kind of ‘write about yourself’ exercise, and I apologise if I drag on a bit – I’m a fan of words, and being concise isn’t necessarily something I’m good at.)

I studied Chemistry, Psychology and Art A-Levels (as well as the ever useful subject, General Studies) at Spalding High School Sixth Form and then took another year after that to study a Foundation Diploma in Art and Design at New College Stamford – still with no idea what I really wanted to do in the future, I applied for Psychology at Uni, got 4 unconditional offers, and later accepted the Sheffield University position.

On 19th September 2015, I turned up at Sheffield University, checked-in to my accommodation, took my belongings upstairs – and then just completely broke down. University wasn’t for me, and I had slowly been realising that from the moment I applied, it just hadn’t clicked. I felt like I had to go, simply because of the pressure that was placed on me, by my secondary school, from starting GCSEs onwards, to go to Uni and be ‘successful’.

About 3 hours after arriving, I’d repacked my belongings into the car, and was on my way back to Spalding – with absolutely no clue on what I would do next; I’d probably just set a record for ‘fastest university drop-out’ and was now having to really think about my future.

After 4 weeks of frantic job-searching, and several rejections, I got a phone call from Steadfast Training replying to my application to a Business Admin apprenticeship. I was interviewed a few days later, and within two days, had accepted an Apprenticeship to start at the beginning of November.

I had applied to several office jobs with a similar job description to my apprenticeship, but my lack of experience in the role lead to me being rejected, despite being told I was a great candidate –  being left with a ‘thank you, but no thank you’ and a ‘best of luck’, I was getting used to this rejection malarkey. This is undoubtedly the best thing with doing an apprenticeship – the experience I have gained without being expected to have had similar job roles in the past has been wonderful, and will be a great help with building my career.

My apprenticeship is going really well, I was put onto a Social Media and Digital Marketing award instead of Business Admin, as it is more versatile and is quite a sought-after qualification. I’m definitely enjoying the units I’m covering, and the work and the environment is something I’m thriving in. While my friends are all living on Pot Noodles and are a few hundred pounds into their overdraft, I’m earning a wage and saving for my future, which is another bonus.

I’d recommend an apprenticeship to anybody who’s unsure on what they’d like to do – you’re still able to go to university after, if you wish, and the work experience is really a great thing to have on your CV. I definitely don’t think apprenticeships get enough representation in schools and sixth forms, especially Grammar Schools, as all of the attention is on getting a degree, which is unfair. My younger siblings are all looking into apprenticeships themselves, after my good experience here at Steadfast Training, which is great!

A Parent’s Guide to Apprenticeships

As a parent/carer, you have a colossal influence on prospective apprentices and of course you should want to understand the in’s and out’s of the Apprenticeship your loved one is considering.

What is an Apprenticeship?
An Apprenticeship is a great way to gain qualifications and workplace experience. Apprenticeships allow a person to earn as they learn whilst gaining practical skills and work ethic.

How do I find Apprenticeship Opportunities?
Prospective Apprentices can check for vacancies on our website or contact a member of our team on 0845 223 2401

How is learning done through an Apprenticeship?
An Apprenticeship is essentially a set of qualifications called a ‘framework’ developed by Sector Skills Councils.

Most Apprenticeship frameworks follow a standard format that comprises;

  • Qualifications Credit Framework (QCF)
  • Technical Certificate
  • Key Skills
  • Employer Rights and Responsibilities (ERR)

All training is completed in the workplace and the learner’s assigned assessor will also visit them at the workplace.

What happens if the Apprentice moves employers?
The apprentice will not have to restart the apprenticeship. In most cases an apprentice can continue the same apprenticeship programme with a different employer.

Will an Apprenticeship lead to a good career?
Career progression is excellent for apprentices, and over the course of their careers, those with an Apprenticeship earn, on average, £100,000 more than those without*

[*A Cost-Benefit Analysis of Apprenticeships and Other Vocational Qualifications, University of Sheffield, 2007]

Will the Apprentice get paid?
Yes the learner is entitled to Apprentice NMW which is currently £3.30 an hour.

Could the Apprentice go to University upon completing the course?
Yes – Some Apprenticeships already attract UCAS points or allow a person to study for a Technical Certificate. Once the Apprenticeship has finished there’s the opportunity to carry on working, maybe get promoted or go on to higher education in a college or university.

What are the benefits of an Apprenticeship to the Learner?

  • It can set the learner up to move into new and better jobs
  • The learner receive a salary, avoiding hefty Student loans
  • The Apprentice will get to experience new and different challenges
  • The learner’s existing skills and knowledge are recognised and can help them gain a qualification faster
  • The Apprentice will have the ability to learn at their own pace and get support when needed
  • Better job security
  • The opportunity to gain skills and knowledge which can be used across a range of jobs and industries.

 

How long does it take?
An apprenticeship lasts for a minimum of 12 months

What time of the year do they start?
A learner can apply at any time throughout the year, the time the apprenticeship starts is dependent on the employer.

For more information visit our website or contact us on 0845 223 2401

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How to make the most out of your Apprenticeship

Starting and partaking in an Apprenticeship is a great career move, it’s a big and positive life step but how do you make the most out of a good situation?

  • Although this blog post is technically about making the most of your Apprenticeships, make sure you take advantage of your Job/Career fairs or your School or College’s career departments – they can help you find a suitable apprenticeship.
  • Realise that although your apprenticeship wage may be low it’s still a better financial alternative to University or unpaid Internships.
  • Get as much experience as possible – broaden your horizons and try to experience all the departments in your company.
  • Stay Confident – Anybody and everybody can make mistakes, don’t let your dampen your confidence and capabilities! Learn through your mistakes and consider them a learning experience.
  • Network – An apprenticeship is a great time to build and maintain contacts in the professional field – go to business events, socialise, make contacts within the company.
  • Work Hard – Enjoy the experience but ultimately work hard – people will recognise hard work and eagerness and you’ll build a good reputation, which could potentially lead you to your next role.

Why Study Social Media & Digital Marketing?

Social Media & Digital Marketing is on the rise. The digital marketing industry is booming and has grown from a trend to a significant influence in a short period of time; as a result there is a huge demand for Social Media & Digital Marketers.

A Social Media & Digital Marketing Apprenticeship is great if you want to enter the Social Media and Digital Marketing sector as well as those already working in these areas that are looking to renew their skills with formal training. The course recognises the rapid growth of the Social Media and Digital Marketing sectors as business tools and helps learners develop their knowledge and put it into practice.

If you’re interested in a Digital Marketing Apprentice head over to our website and take a full look at the course we offer and apply!

Why not read Chloe’s Story, one of Steadfast’s Social Media & Digital marketing apprentices.

Apprenticeships: The Benefits

Not sure if an Apprenticeship is right for you? Check out these benefits!

Apprenticeships have continued to grow over recent years, as apprenticeships have grown so have the benefits.

An apprenticeship gives you the opportunity to work for a real employer, earn a salary and gain real, nationally recognised qualifications. Take a look at some of the other benefits below;

  • Paid holiday
  • A Salary (a study by notgoingtouni.com revealed that the average university graduate had a starting salary of £14,734, whilst those who had completed an apprenticeship on average had a starting salary of £18,463.)
  • The opportunity to develop skills
  • 90% of apprentices stay in employment after finishing their apprenticeship
  • 82% said their apprenticeship had improved their ability to do the job and 79% said that their career prospects had improved
  • 19% of advanced apprentices progress to Higher Education

Check out our video – just follow the link 🙂

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What to do after an Apprenticeship?

As you get closer towards the end of your Apprenticeship you need to start thinking about the next step! Some of you may have not been thinking much further than the apprenticeship itself so the whole thing can be quite daunting.

First things first, know your options! You need to know what is available in order to make an informed decision. Speak to your assessor, manager and even a Job Centre advisor!

Finding a job

If you started your apprenticeship straight from school then the thought of finding a job may be scary, make sure you do plenty of research and put the skills you’ve learnt into practise – if you need some extra help we’ve got some handy posts on CV tips and Interview tips!

Going permanent

You may be lucky enough to be offered a permanent position at the company! However if this hasn’t been mentioned try talking to your manager about current vacancies within the company and give clear, concrete examples of how you are an asset to the company.

Further Education

You may want to further your education, look at all your options whether it’s a higher level apprenticeship, university or a different route! Many of our learners go on to the do the next level of their apprenticeship!

Finishing an apprenticeship is only the start of your career. Do your research, ask advice and make an informed decision!

Good luck!

Why should you do an IT Apprenticeship?

There are many reasons to partake in an Apprenticeship from the salary to the experience (read more about the benefits of an Apprenticeship here) but why should you take an IT apprenticeship?

As I’m sure you are all aware the world is becoming more and more reliant on technology and in turn becoming more reliant on those working within it.

Taking an apprenticeship in IT will open many career doors as it is such a varied subject. Our IT User Apprenticeship could take you to all sorts of businesses in all sorts of roles; from IT Buyer to Receptionist to Finance Worker.

The Apprenticeship will take you through a variety of IT Skills from maintenance to troubleshooting.

Read our real stories of our Apprentices here

Want a Career in Hospitality?

We now offer Hospitality Training!

Hospitality is one of the most interesting and challenging industries to work in and offers a wide range of job and career opportunities and an endless variety of places to work in.

The hospitality and catering industry embraces a variety of restaurants, bars, pubs, hotels, care homes, cafes, nightclubs and contract caterers.

We will now offer apprenticeships in;

To find out more visit: www.steadfasttraining.co.uk/hospitality.asp

Benefits of an Apprenticeship

Apprenticeships have continued to grow over recent years, as apprenticeships have grown so have the benefits.

An apprenticeship gives you the opportunity to work for a real employer, earn a salary and gain real, nationally recognised qualifications. Take a look at some of the other benefits below;

  • Paid holiday
  • A Salary (a study by notgoingtouni.com revealed that the average university graduate had a starting salary of £14,734, whilst those who had completed an apprenticeship on average had a starting salary of £18,463.)
  • The opportunity to develop skills
  • 90% of apprentices stay in employment after finishing their apprenticeship
  • 82% said their apprenticeship had improved their ability to do the job and 79% said that their career prospects had improved
  • 19% of advanced apprentices progress to Higher Education