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Charlotte @ X4 Group – Future LDN Apprentice of the Month

Charlotte @ X4 Group – Future LDN Apprentice of the Month

Raeanna @ eu Networks – Future LDN Apprentice of the Month

  We are happy to announce that the winner of Future LDN Apprentice of the Month is Raeanna @ euNetworks! LDN Apprenticeships highlights a clear message of what makes an AWESOME Apprentice; they must show energy, enthusiasm, willingness to learn, ability to take...
 

We are happy to announce that the winner of Future LDN Apprentice of the Month is Charlotte @ X4 Group!

X4 Group is one of London’s biggest recruitment agency, scouting talent with the help of today’s innovative technology. Charlotte continues to impress her team by always completing her daily tasks to a high standard whilst staying energetic and motivated.

LDN Apprenticeships highlights a clear message of what makes an AWESOME Apprentice; they must show energy, enthusiasm, willingness to learn, ability to take feedback and propensity to take action (EEWAP).

Charlotte was nominated by her Learning Development Specialist – Steve, and the feedback was provided by Charlotte’s line-manager and Data Protection & Compliance Coordinator at X4 Group – Niall Tierney.

You can read the full nomination below!

 

Energy

 

From the beginning of her apprenticeship Charlotte has shown such positive energy towards her work, her colleagues and LDN Apprenticeships. Whilst energy can dwindle over time, Charlotte has been the opposite, her lovely attitude towards her role keeps growing as she develops her skills and knowledge, a true role model for any new apprentice that joins our company in the future.

 
Enthusiasm

 

Charlotte has shown great interest in X4 Group as a company, she does not shy away from asking questions and has an eagerness to fully understand the processes of HR and the way we operate as an organisation. Because of these attributes, we have asked Charlotte if she would like to continue her employment with X4 Group once her apprenticeship is completed. We are glad to say she has accepted.

 

 

Willingness To Learn

 

 

Charlotte’s confidence and can-do attitude has allowed her to express her enthusiasm when learning new skills, in recent month’s charlotte has shown an interest in the compliance side of our organisation, as a result we are planning a strategy that will allow Charlotte to take on some compliance duties after her apprenticeship has completed.

 

Ability To Take Feedback

 

 

Charlotte’s openness and good spirit makes her a pleasure to manage, she is always keen to hear feedback and continually strives to better and improve her performance.

 

Propensity To Take Action 

 

Charlotte is an extremely pro-active individual and I believe she thrives in a fast paced working environment. She is also full of ideas and suggestions that have helped build on and better some of our current processes.

 

Congratulations Charlotte! 

If you’re thinking of HIRING an apprentice with us, click on the link below to discover more!

If you’re thinking of BECOMING an apprentice, click on the link below and find out how!

Shea @ Cobalt Recruitment – Tech LDN Apprentice of the Month

Shea @ Cobalt Recruitment – Tech LDN Apprentice of the Month

Frankie @ Empiric Solutions – Tech LDN Apprentice of the Month

We are happy to announce that the winner of Tech LDN Apprentice of the Month is Frankie @ Empiric Soloutions! Empiric soloutions are a specialist technology recruitment agency working in data, digital, cloud and security across all industries internationally!...
 

We are happy to announce that the winner of Tech LDN Apprentice of the Month is Shea @ Cobolt Recruitment!

Cobolt Recruitment is a leading recruiter in the finance and property sector. Since joining the team last October, it has been a delight to watch Software Developer Technician Apprentice Shea grow in confidence whilst developing his tech skills.

LDN Apprenticeships highlights a clear message of what makes an AWESOME Apprentice; they must show energy, enthusiasm, willingness to learn, ability to take feedback and propensity to take action (EEWAP).

Shea was nominated by his Learning Development Specialist – Kevin, and the feedback was provided by Shea’s line-manager and Global Operations Director at Cobolt Recruitment – Sara Burton

You can read the full nomination below!

 

Energy

 

Shea is an energetic member of the team which he needs to be working in the salesfloor. He is always smiling no matter how tricky the problem!

 
Enthusiasm

 

Shea is very enthusiastic about our system and that is beginning to rub off on the sales team who aren’t always so enthusiastic about it! He is always positive when a problem needs to be solved, that there is a solution out there somewhere!

 

 

Willingness To Learn

 

Shea has had to learn in this role, as we push the configuration further, he needs to be able to do more and more advanced things with it. He has taken the lead in an internal task force team and also learnt how to run workshop sessions.

 

Ability To Take Feedback

 

One of Shea’s biggest strengths is his willingness to take feedback, not least from the system when “computer says no”. He has been able to take on more responsibility for his own cases, learning how to work effectively with 3rd parties now following feedback on previous cases. He is currently working on his skills on training others which involves taking on board lots of feedback. He never gets down hearted about feedback and always looks at it positively. He’s had plenty of positive feedback too which he is obviously pleased to get – this has come in the form of 2 “backbone” team member of the month in the last 6 months, as well as individual emails thanking him for his work on particular projects.

 

Propensity To Take Action 

 

Shea is not one to watch the world go by, and so is always making and updating to do lists. He doesn’t settle for an “alright” job but keeps going until it is perfect.

 

Congratulations Shea! 

If you’re thinking of HIRING an apprentice with us, click on the link below to discover more!

If you’re thinking of BECOMING an apprentice, click on the link below and find out how!

Learning About Apprenticeships: What You Need To Know As A Parent.

Learning About Apprenticeships: What You Need To Know As A Parent.

Month: August 2019

Worryingly, a recent survey found that a third of parents don’t know what an apprenticeship is.

As a parent, wouldn’t you want to know about all of the opportunities available to your child?

Apprenticeships are increasingly becoming a great option for many young people as they move on from school and college.

We’ve broken down some of the big questions that parents should know the answer to when considering if an apprenticeship is right for their child.

Will your child be safe? 

The safety of your child is absolutely paramount. All apprenticeship providers should have safeguarding procedures in place and ALL staff involved in the delivery should promote and adhere to these.

Apprenticeships are regulated by Ofsted and apprenticeship providers are funded by the Department for Education. Meaning that every apprenticeship provider should have effective safeguarding procedures in place. 

When it comes to the safety of learners, apprenticeships are HIGHLY regulated.

Will, your child get a permanent job at the end of the apprenticeship? 

Whilst, not every apprentice gets a permanent job at the end of their apprenticeship, our statistics show that the majority of apprentices do go on to secure a permanent role.

8/10 of our apprentices go on to full-time work within their field after their apprenticeship has ended. Of those apprentices who gain a permanent role, 7/10 are offered the job from their current apprenticeship employer. 1/10 go on to university or further study, and 1/10 go on to a job with another employer.

That means nine times out of ten, your child will end up taking a really positive next step at the end of an apprenticeship.

How much will your child earn?

Apprentices are ALWAYS paid for their work within a role.

Here at the LDN Apprenticeships, our apprentices are paid a minimum of £200 per week. We won’t work with employers who pay less than this, and we believe that this is a fair apprenticeship wage (the national minimum wage is much lower).

Many of our employers pay significantly more than this, and it is not uncommon for apprentices to start their apprenticeship earning the London Living Wage. There is lots of information on apprentice wage regulations here.

 

Will your child have to pay for any of the training? 

Absolutely not. Neither you nor your child should ever have to pay a penny for the training. If your child chose to follow the route of a degree apprenticeship, this means they could get that much-coveted university degree without any of the associated student debt!

 

How many hours is your child expected to work during the week?

All apprentices are expected to work a minimum of 30 hours a week. If they’re 16 or 17 years of age, they’re not expected to work more than 40 hours a week. Normal working regulations apply for those over the age of 18.

 

What are the industries that your child might end up working in? 

The possibilities for different pathways and courses are HUGE. Apprenticeships range from construction to software development and everything in-between.

Here at the LDN Apprenticeships, we supply business and tech apprenticeships with digital skills at their core.

But the options for apprenticeships provide an unbelievable variety of opportunities for your child to get into a specified field of work.

It’s worth looking at the National Apprenticeship Service to investigate all the options available.

How do you know that the employer will look after your child when at work? 

Good apprenticeship providers will carefully vet every employer they work with.

At the LDN Apprenticeships, we check-in weekly with our learners and have regular contact with all of the employers we’re working with. Apprentices also have the tools to contact us at any time during the day or night with any issues they may have.

 

What happens at the end of the apprenticeship? 

As mentioned earlier, 9/10 of our apprentices go on to a positive next step after completing a London Group apprenticeship. Permanent employment isn’t the only option available to those who finish an apprenticeship.

 

Qualifications, as well as experience gained during the apprenticeship, mean that apprentices have many options available to them – including the opportunity to go onto higher education. For those who go on to university after their apprenticeship, the year in work is essentially a productive gap-year!

 

An apprentice can continue to train for an advanced, higher or degree level apprenticeship if they would like to extend their education. This has the benefit of allowing your child to get a degree, but without any of the associated debt.

Does your child get a qualification?

If your child successfully completes their apprenticeship they will receive a nationally recognised and accredited qualification, in the form of an apprenticeship framework certificate or an apprenticeship standard.

There are different levels of qualifications available in apprenticeships: Intermediate (GCSE), Advanced (A-Level) and Higher (Foundation Degree). Here at LDN Apprenticeships, we offer Advanced and Higher apprenticeships.

 

How does your child apply for an apprenticeship? 

There are a number of different ways to apply for an apprenticeship, and we think the best place to find the biggest variety of opportunities is online. 

Applicants can directly apply through apprenticeship provider websites such as ours at LDN Apprenticeships. Or you can try a variety of different sites including NotGoingToUni, and GetInGoFar and of course, the National Apprenticeship Service.

 

How is your child financially supported in an apprenticeship?

The fear of not being able to apply for student loans and help financially is a worry for parents.

Grants and loans help thousands of those in further education across the country. It is worth noting that HSBC include apprenticeships as part of their student loan accounts.

On top of that, remember that apprentices are ALWAYS paid for their work within a role.

Making sure your child is making the best decision regarding their future poses a variety of different questions.

If you have anymore queries about apprenticeships. Please feel free to get in touch with us: hello@ldnapprenticeships.com.
How Can School Leavers Benefit From An Apprenticeship?

How Can School Leavers Benefit From An Apprenticeship?

Month: August 2019

Every year, hundreds of thousands of school leavers face a daunting choice. What is the best way for them to continue to learn and develop as they venture out into the big wide world?

Here at the LDN Apprenticeships we have helped hundreds of school leavers to answer this question over the years. It’s a really big moment, and we have a responsibility to guide each young person in the right direction.

At times this means that we may even suggest a young person does something other than an apprenticeship, after all, this choice will have an impact on the rest of their life, so it needs to be right for the individual.

Apprenticeships may be right for them, or university, or even a gap year. Each young person is different, so why shouldn’t their choices in life be?

What an apprenticeship allows for young people is the ability to choose a specific career path and learning programme that they’re interested in.

That sounds a lot like university you might say. Well yes, that part is like choosing a university course.

What a university degree doesn’t allow for though are a few of the great and unique things about apprenticeships.

 

As mentioned in my previous blog post How Much Does Hiring and Being An Apprentice Cost?’ there is absolutely no cost for young people who choose to do an apprenticeship. Considering that university tuition fees alone can cost up to £9,000 a year, this is a major benefit.

In fact, apprentices earn money, rather than incurring a debt. Apprentices do a PAID job at the same time as learning the knowledge, skills and behaviors to be successful in their chosen career.

Don’t employers prefer to hire graduates with a degree?

 

The 2018 report ‘What Do Graduates Want?’ commissioned by Bright Network suggests there is a misconception about what employers are looking for in their junior hires.

The report shows that while many graduates believe gaining a 2:1 or above is what employers value most in candidates, employers want something quite different.

The employers who participated in the study said that a passion for the business and communication skills were the attitudes that they were most interested in.

A fascinating insight, isn’t it? It shows that the expectations of employers lean more towards a personal character than they do towards final grades.

Does every apprentice gain a paid placement?

If you apply for an apprenticeship and are successful, then you will definitely be working for a company and doing a paid apprenticeship job. So, yes, every apprentice does get paid work. Unfortunately, not every young person who applies for an apprenticeship gets the job.

What we do here at LDN Apprenticeships is attempt to make sure the right apprentice is placed within the correct role. A big part of making sure we get this right is our Career Kickstarter.

A Career Kickstarter is a weekly event allowing young people to talk to clients face to face. Removing the process of CVs that heavily rely on grades and achievements. Instead of focussing on the passion and communication skills that employers look for most.

But what about when the apprenticeship has finished?

 All good things must come to an end. Or do they?

We’ve found our setup at LDN Apprenticeships to be hugely beneficial to young people. Over 86% of our apprentices have gone into full time employment after their apprenticeship had finished. This is with either their current employer or a different employer.

In fact, three out of four LDN Apprentices are hired by the employer where they did their apprenticeship once they’ve finished!

That’s an incredibly high achievement rate after 13 months of learning, training and paid work. On top of that, over 75% of apprentices receive a pay increase from when they started their apprenticeship.

Apprenticeships aren’t for everyone. But as an option for school leavers, the benefits are there for all to see for young people.

Julia Alija @ X4 Group

Julia Alija @ X4 Group

Month: August 2019

 

As part of our case study series, we’ve been heading out to the businesses we work with and meeting the awesome apprentices and employers to talk about their journey with LDN Apprenticeships!

Our latest case study took us to specialist recruitment company X4 Group in the heart of London. We caught up with LDN Apprenticeships alumni Julia Alija, who is now a full-time member of the Finance team at X4 Group having finished her apprenticeship with us!

 

We’ve always had a fantastic relationship with X4 Group. Alongside Julia – we’ve placed apprentices within a variety of departments, from the IT Department to the Sales floor. So it was a great opportunity to get the thoughts of a company that has benefited so much from recruiting LDN Apprentices.

We were also able to catch up with Julia’s line-manager and Subsidiary Management Accountant – Claire McDonagh, who gave us an insight into the apprenticeship journey from an employer’s point of view. From the on-boarding process, right up to hiring Julia full-time after graduating from LDN Apprenticeships.

Why an apprenticeship?

First of all, Julia talked to us about her decision to become an apprentice.  Why did she choose her route into the finance industry by doing an apprenticeship instead of heading to university? 

“I knew I definitely wanted to go into finance and university wasn’t really for me,” said Julia. 

 

“I definitely wanted the experience and the practicality of working and learning at the same time. So an apprenticeship seemed perfect!

 

“University was a consideration at one point. But after seeking advice from those within the finance industry, I thought an apprenticeship was definitely the right route for me.”

Having decided to get into the finance industry via an apprenticeship, we were able to help connect Julia with the fantastic team at X4 through our Career Kickstarter events.

Claire was able to meet and interview Julia for the role after seeing how well LDN Apprentice, Isaac Newton, was doing within the IT Department at X4.

“After the previous success we had with Isaac in the IT Department, we decided to recruit a Finance Apprentice, said Claire.

 

“We are always looking for opportunities to expand the team and help young people start with us, learn the trade and work their way up within the company.”

Starting at X4 Group.

The finance department is crucial to any business. It involves not only a strict attention to detail, but a meticulous on-boarding process. Being able to learn the ropes quickly is imperative to hitting the ground running and being a success within the role.

So how did Julia get up to scratch within the finance department at X4?

“I already had a bit of experience studying finance so felt quietly confident! 

 

“Most of all I was just I was extremely keen and motivated to learn and succeed within the role. 

 

“I was given a number of jobs and important tasks early within the role. I had to learn quickly! Allocating payments, and chasing clients and invoices meant I had to be prepared from the first day!

Having now graduated from LDN Apprenticeships and since being hired full-time, what was it that Julia did within her role that made her 13 months as an apprentice at X4 such a success?

“Julia has been a really good asset to the team here at X4. She is always taking on new roles and looking to help in other areas of the team. Whilst this helps us as a business, it also helps her to develop her knowledge of finance as well.

 

“She has been really helpful in brining down debtors and with reconciliations as well. That’s quite difficult for someone to pick up without previous experience. On top of her main tasks, she has taken so much on board and is now such a crucial part of the team.

Receiving support throughout.

Whilst Julia managed to run with the opportunity that was given to her, she highlighted the support she received along the way from Claire and the team at X4. As well as the support from the office, Julia also mentioned her Learning and Development Specialist at LDN as a big part her success and completing the course.

 “I’ve had so much support from not just Claire, but the whole team here at X4. They’re so motivated which in turn, drives me on within the role.

 

“The workshops and my LDS at LDN Apprenticeships have been so helpful as well.

 

Keeping me on track in completing my apprenticeship and supporting me during the busy last few months!”

Growing within the role.

Over the course of Julia’s 13 month apprenticeship, Claire was not only able to support and guide Julia throughout, but she was in a fantastic position to see her improve and grow within the role.

 “I can see a lot more confidence in Julia since she started. She can show quite clearly in the space of a year how well she’s developed in her role. 

 

“Her understanding now of how the finance department functions within a big business is just brilliant to see. She’s such a strong character and helps us within the team massively.”

Advice to those considering an apprenticeship.

As a full-time member of the X4 team, Julia has benefited massively from her apprenticeship. She has now come out of it starting her career with one of the biggest recruitment companies in London!

She will know more than anyone the benefits of becoming an apprentice. So what advice would she give to someone who is thinking of doing an apprenticeship?

“I’d say you have to be really motivated, enthusiastic and keen to learn. You also need to be prepared to wake up early! But definitely if you’re that person and you want to learn and work at the same time, an apprenticeship is for you!”

Thinking of hiring an apprentice?

One the other side, as Julia’s line-manager, Claire has now been able to bring in a fully-trained and loyal employee to her team. Having been in a position to introduce and train Julia up to her own, and the companies, values and standards, what would Claire’s advice be to employers looking to recruit an apprentice?

I’d definitely say it’s an amazing thing to do. I think we’d be really keen as a business to keep on hiring apprentices. It shows how successful it is as a scheme. As well as strengthening our team & bringing in more younger faces to the business, it’s just such a good thing to do.

Thank you to Claire, Julia and everyone at X4 Group for allowing us to come in and talk to them for the day! It’s always inspiring to see apprentices succeed and go on to gain a full-time role within the company they’re working for.

If you’re thinking of HIRING an apprentice with us, click on the link below to discover more!

If you’re thinking of BECOMING an apprentice, click on the link below and find out how!