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

 

 

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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?

 

 

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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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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Need a little help finding work?

If you need a bit of help finding a job then enrol onto our Employability & Personal Development course and leave with the skills needed to land you a job!

Throughout the course, one of our friendly tutors will support and help you to demonstrate your knowledge and understanding, and raise your awareness of a range of employability skills.

During the course you and your tutor will cover;

  • Self-management skills
  • Assessing myself for work
  • Making informed career and progression choices
  • Preparing for an interview
  • Effective team work
  • Applying for a job
  • Interview Skills

Speak to your Jobcentre advisor about booking a place onto one of our courses, or call us on 0845 223 2401

How to write an amazing cover letter

Why?

A Cover Letter gives you the chance to show recruiters why you’d be good for the job before they’ve even looked at your CV. A bad cover letter could mean that the CV, you’ve spent hours perfecting, won’t even be seen.

Tip

  • Write individual cover letters for each position you apply for, every single one should be different.
  • Explain to the recruiter why you’re what they’re looking for i.e. explain how you fit the Job Description.
  • Demonstrate why you’re the best choice with examples to back you up.
  • Keep it simple – your cover letter should be 300 words max. Don’t overdo it!

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  • Try to find out the contacts name so you can personalise your letter/email.
  • The first paragraph should explain why you’re writing to them.
  • The next paragraph should outline your qualifications and match them to the Job specifications.
  • Use bullet points to get maximum impact with minimum words.
  • Be Specific – use numbers!
  • Be enthusiastic – show that you’ve done your research on the company.
  • In the final paragraph point them to your CV and thank them for their time & consideration.

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

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.