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Joel @ Challow – Tech LDN Apprentice of the Month

Joel @ Challow – Tech LDN Apprentice of the Month

Joel @ Challow – Tech LDN Apprentice of the Month

  We are happy to announce that the winner of Tech LDN August Apprentice of the Month is Joel @ Challow! 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 Tech LDN August Apprentice of the Month is Joel @ Challow!

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).

Joel was nominated by his Learning Development Specialist – Aziz, and the feedback was provided by Joel’s line-manager at Challow – Theresa Chandler.

You can read the full nomination below!

Energy

 

Joel consistently follows through every task set to him, without cutting corners and with a degree of completion that is far beyond his years and can be trusted to bring it to completion

 
Enthusiasm

 

Whatever role Joel is placed in whether it is working on site with clients or support calls he approaches it with the same dedication and attention.

Willingness To Learn

Joel has been given a wide variety of learning opportunities, he is attentive, engaged and takes notes where he feels he will need to refer. Crucially in our game where he finds himself out of his depth he has the good sense to stop.

 

Ability To Take Feedback

Where the inevitable transition to work adjustments have arisen Joel has demonstrated a clear listening attitude together with an ability to integrate any advice into his behaviour rapidly.

 

Propensity To Take Action 

 

Having given Joel several areas of responsibility it is gratifying to see him continually demonstrating that he does not need to be tasked to revert to work in those areas.

Joel was present on site with one other engineer when the entire site had to be reconfigured due to another supplier’s error. This was a massive undertaking with a short timescale that was far beyond the simple learning experience we intended when he went to site. Not only did he pitch in without question or comment but he stayed late we received several unprompted comments about his poise and confidence on site from the end users who were aware of what he was tasked with achieving. He was so impressive we were able to leave him onsite the following day to finish the implementation on his own.

 

Congratulations Joel! 

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!

Millie Burke @ Radley Green – Future LDN Apprentice of the Month

Millie Burke @ Radley Green – Future LDN Apprentice of the Month

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We are happy to announce that the winner of Future LDN August Apprentice of the Month is Millie @ Radley Green!

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).

Millie was nominated by her Learning Development Specialist – Phil, and the feedback was provided by Millie’s line-manager and Operations and Office Manager at Radley Green – Charlotte Barrow.

You can read the full nomination below!

Energy

 

No task is too big or too small for Millie. She goes above and beyond and is so well organised that she can smashes through tasks. She is a crucial part of the team and encourages everyone to work hard whether that is from helping them with tasks or motivating them with social events or encouraging emails. 

 
Enthusiasm

 

Millie is the spark of the office, everyone enjoys working with her. She is always coming up with some great new ideas for the office and makes the place run smoothly. Not all jobs are fun and I have had to work with Millie through some repetitive, not very exciting tasks and she has kept me motivated and we have got them done in no time and had a good time working together completing it!  

Willingness To Learn

Millie is always asking questions and wanting to know the reason we do things. She has become a real asset. She is the super user of our CRM system. She wants to know why we do things and learns things that are out of her remit. She is very helpful not only in the office with colleagues but also with our clients and candidates. 

 

Ability To Take Feedback

This apprenticeship has been Millie’s first role in an office environment and in a recruitment company. There have been a lot of things she has needed to learn. She questions anything she doesn’t understand and I only have to tell her once. She picks up everything very quickly and if I have told her to go about a task in a different way she questions why and learns and improves with it.

 

Propensity To Take Action 

 

Millie is the go to girl. She is always two steps ahead and is always thinking ahead I think this is to do with the fact she is well organised. Every morning she sends me her to do list and works her way through it, even working on other adhoc tasks as they come up. We are currently planning a charity event and she has taken the reins and run with it.

Millie proactively did an audit of all invoices that were sent out last year by a previous employee (as invoicing is part of Millie’s role) and found out we hadn’t invoiced a few clients. She then took it upon herself to invoice and chase these old clients. She managed to get them all paid in no time at all. This was thousands of pounds worth of invoices!

 

Congratulations Millie! 

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!

What we look for in an applicant when filling out an LDN application form!

What we look for in an applicant when filling out an LDN application form!

Application forms are an absolutely crucial part of applying for an apprenticeship. Or any role for that matter!

 

You’ll be competing with a huge number of applicants just like yourself and it is our very first impression of you. So it’s imperative you get your apprenticeship opportunity off to a good start!

 

Remember we don’t use CVs, which makes your application process for LDN Apprenticeships unique! What this means is it’s catered more towards highlighting your best skills and strengths.

 

A CV is too bogged down in listing experience and grades – leaving little room to show what you’re about! So with that in mind – here’s our tips to help you give the best possible answers to each of our screening questions!

What interests you specifically about the job you have applied for?

 

So you’re looking for an apprenticeship and THIS is the job that stands out! Why did it stand out to you? There must be a reason you’ve clicked on this job ad?

 

Have the job description open in a different window or tab and keep referring back to it. Look at each of the Key Responsibilities and how you would tackle those responsibilities – drawing on any experience you might already have.

Why are you interested in the qualification you have applied for?

Have you read the qualification overview on our website?

 

Don’t forget, you’ll be gaining a qualification alongside your workplace role as well! This is a huge part of your apprenticeship, so you’ll need to make sure you know what you’ll actually be getting a qualification for!

 

You’ll be able to find an overview of all our apprenticeship pathways on our Programmes page on the website.

 

Make sure you understand these pathways and qualifications before applying. For example – if you’re applying for a Digital Marketing role – you’ll be learning a lot of different aspects within the Lvl 3 Digital Marketing curriculum! This includes Understanding Analytical Data, Email Marketing Campaigns and Coding. It’s not all about social media!

Tell us more about the career path you’re looking to take and why you think an apprenticeship will help you achieve that?

What specifically do you want to learn on this apprenticeship?

 

We’re here to help you kickstart a career you’ll love!

 

Three out of four apprentices that complete their apprenticeship with us are hired full-time by their employer – which is why becoming an LDN Apprentice is a fantastic chance for a young person to start their career.

 

We want to know more about that career you want to take though. Where do you see yourself within a few years’ time? Do you want to rise within a company as quickly as possible? Or would you prefer to take advantage of the solid foundation an apprenticeship can give you at such a young age? Either answer is fine from our point of view!

 

This is just a chance for us to help guide you down the right career path.

All of our opportunities are for candidates who are ready to start their apprenticeship straight away.

So with this in mind, tell us why now is the right time for you to kickstart you career?

 

This one is a bit more self-explanatory!

 

Our opportunities don’t hang around for long. So we would like to talk to young people who are ready to start an apprenticeship straight away!

 

Whilst we don’t discourage anyone who would like to take a break or a gap-year after exams – we would only be able to continue your application after this. To save you going through two separate application processes, make sure you’re confident you’re ready to start an apprenticeship.

Tell us something unique about yourself that will make you stand out from the hundreds of applications we receive a month.

 

The last question is all down to you!

 

You shouldn’t need any guidance from us here! This is your opportunity to tell us something unique about yourself. We get hundreds of applications a month – so what makes you stand our from the rest of fantastic applications we receive.

 

Don’t feel this needs to tie in with the job role or the apprenticeship qualification you’re looking to gain. We just want to get to know you a bit better!

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

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

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?

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.