#WorksForMe: Joseph’s Story


“I have found that since completing my apprenticeship my confidence both inside and outside work has increased rapidly. I now have the confidence I need to progress in and out of the workplace.

Whilst working under an Apprenticeship programme this has allowed me to not only gain my Business Administration Level 2 award but also my ICT Functional Skills Level 2. Both these Level 2 awards will help both in my current employment or if I decide to leave my current employer they will certainly help me in the very congested job market.

The best part of an apprenticeship though is the fact that I earn while I learn on the job. Being the only one of my generation of my family not to go University is fine with me as I don’t have any Student Debts over my shoulders. It’s great to think that whilst I am studying my apprenticeship I am actually earning as well!”

Joseph Pearson, Recruitment and Training Advisor, Steadfast Training Ltd

To speak to our team regarding apprenticeships please contact us on our website, via email or call us on 0845 223 2401


5 Benefits of Online Learning

With the rise in popularity of Online Courses the traditional concept of education including a classroom with students and a teacher is quickly fading as online learning becomes an established, trustworthy and effective way of learning. If you are a busy adult learner you may want to consider these Online Learning benefits and continue further with your education.

  1.  Comfortable Learning Environment
    With no physical classes you are required to attend you can study from whichever location suits you, home, work or the local coffee shop? The only things needed is a laptop and a wifi connection and we are ready to expand your knowledge. Being able to study from home means no commuting time or travel arrangements are to be made.
  2.  Fits around your schedule
     Adult life is busy but online learning can be done any time of the day from any place allowing you to work around your schedule. This flexibility means you can gain a qualification in your lunch hour or improve your knowledge whilst waiting for a train – the opportunities are endless.
  3.  Improves Knowledge Retention
    e-Learning allows you to learn at your own pace without having to keep up, or held back, by other learners. Being able to work at a speed you are comfortable with is proven to increase knowledge retention.
  4.  Immediate Feedback & Results
    Online learning uses a method of online testing which doesn’t require a person to mark them, meaning your feedback and certificate will come through instantly after completing the course.
  5.  Cost Effective
     Due to the fact Online Learning can be completed anywhere means travel, location or room hire is not needed, cutting the costs dramatically e.g. our courses start from as little as £10!

To book an online course visit our site



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?



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!

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

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Case Study | Demi

Demi started an IT apprenticeship with Drive by Websites in 2013 and shortly become South Holland Apprentice of the year.

Christine of Drive By Designs says “it’s quite refreshing to have young people in the office and to hear young people’s ideas. From day one Demi was making money for the company because of the design work”.

Drive By Websites director Christine says “If companies are thinking of having an apprentice I would say it is a very good idea. It has worked very well for us”

Drive By Websites appeared in  ‘Spalding Guardian’ with a full page story about their apprentices from Steadfast Training Ltd, which was very well received.

South Holland Apprentice of the Year 2013 Demi Blackbourn. Photo: SG100214-121NG

South Holland Apprentice of the Year 2013 Demi Blackbourn. Photo credit to Spalding Guardian

Apprenticeships : Myth busting | Edition #3

Its really bad pay

By law Apprentices cannot be paid under £2.73 an hour and this will often increase when their productivity and experience develops. According to government assessments of the future earnings potential of apprenticeships those who complete a Level 2 apprenticeship will earn between £48,000 and £74,000 more during their lifetime than people who don’t have similar qualifications.

And that those who have completed a Level 3 scheme (equivalent of A-levels) will earn between £77,000 and £117,000 more.

Don’t forget you won’t have a pesky student loan to pay back either!

Apprenticeships : Myth busting | Edition #2

You’re turning your back on University

This isn’t true at all, you can still go to University to study for a higher qualification after completing an apprenticeship (it will even help your chances of being accepted), however Apprenticeships are a great way to further your career without university, there are routes to getting a degree through apprenticeships…which means no student loans and more experience!

How do I get into the Care industry?

If you enjoy helping people and want to make a difference in their lives then maybe the care industry is for you. In the event that you lack experience and training within the Health and Social Care industry then the road to getting a job may be difficult but that’s where we come in!

Steadfast Training Ltd offer two options into care, the first being an Apprenticeship. A Health and Social Apprenticeship is for anyone aged 16 or over looking to work in the care industry or eager to develop their skills and gain a nationally recognised qualification. An apprenticeship gives you the opportunity to earn a wage and build experience! Find out more about our Health and Social Apprenticeships and take a look at our Health and Social Vacancies!

The other option would be to attend our ‘Level 1 certificate in Preparing to work within the Adult Social Care Sector’ a short course designed for people who want to work within the Adult Social Care Sector with little or no knowledge about the industry. The course will cover information, types of care and the skills and attitudes required to work within the industry. This award is a strong stepping stone towards the qualifications required within this sector & will allow you to move into an entry level job in the Adult Social Care world. For more information give us a call on: 0845 223 2401 or speak to your Jobcentre Advisor.

How to use the Vacancy Matching Service

Finding an Apprenticeship might seem extremely daunting but it really isn’t. Head to the Apprenticeships’ website (www.apprenticeships.org.uk) – register your details, and search for the vacancy that suits you; it’s that simple!

If you apply for a vacancy and you are successful/ unsuccessful in your application, then you will be alerted of this on your ‘Home Page’; where you can also manage your pending applications.

If your application is unsuccessful, then the manager of the organisation that you applied to may contact you via phone or email to give you feedback on why you didn’t get the vacancy. This gives you the opportunity to improve your details in order to give you a better chance of beating other applicants in the future.

However, if successful in your application, your employer or training provider will contact you and arrange a meeting with you. This may be an interview, assessment or formal meeting, depending on what the vacancy is far; but there is no need to be intimidated by it.

They will not be trying to catch you out, but they will want to get to know you in depth as they will be paying your salary.

So visit the Apprenticeships Website and embark on your career as an apprentice.


Vacancy Matching

There is a single, central website that you can use to search all of the Apprenticeship vacancies that are available at any time. Their service can be used freely by anyone who is searching for an Apprenticeship.

Remember you can always call us directly and we will help you to find the right vacancy for you. To use the National Apprenticeship matching service, you can follow the simple steps below:

Step 1 – Register your details

Go to: http://apprenticeshipvacancymatchingservice.lsc.gov.uk and register your details by clicking on ‘Register Now’ under the ‘New User?’ tab.

Create your username and password. Remember to keep all information safe, you’ll receive a confirmation email. Click on the link in the email to activate your account. You’ll be taken to the ‘My Home’ page.

Step 2 – Create your ‘My Home’ page

Your ‘My Home’ page is your secure space. You can use it to:

  • Search for Apprenticeship vacancies and save your search results
  • Log your areas of interest
  • Manage your applications

Step 3 – Search for your match

Search for apprenticeships that match your interests by:

  • Occupation/Job Role
  • Employer
  • Keyword
  • Learning Provider
  • Location/Postcode

Step 4 – Browse your results

You can click on any of the listed vacancies for more information. Each one gives detailed information about the job, including the employer, training, pay and the qualifications you will be working towards.

You can save your search results so they are easy to access at any time, or start a new search.

Step 5 – Managing your future

Once you’ve found the job you want, applying is easy!

The application form is simple, secure and reusable, so you can respond to as many vacancies as you like and save your application forms. (You must make sure that your personal information is correct; such as phone numbers and email addresses)

You can view that status of your applications and manage them online.