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Julia Alija @ X4 Group

Julia Alija @ X4 Group

 

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!

Stefan @ euNetworks – Future LDN Apprentice of the Month.

Stefan @ euNetworks – Future LDN Apprentice of the Month.

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We are happy to announce that the winner of Future LDN June Apprentice of the Month is Stefan @ euNetworks!

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).

Stefan was nominated by his Learning Development Specialist – Phil, and the feedback was provided by Stefan’s line-manager and Head of Finance at euNetworks – Catherine Lyons.

You can read the full nomination below!

Energy

 

Stefan has displayed an incredible energy from day one and that energy has certainly not waned. He has been an inspiration to all in the team with his level of maturity and application to the role.

 
Enthusiasm

 

Since Stefan joined euNetworks he has work hard every day. He has a fantastic work ethic and is a total finisher who sees things through to the end. Stefan takes huge pride in all that he does and really wants to succeed. He has a clear vision for his future and this only enhances his drive to succeed. There have been occasions in recent weeks where I have had to ask Stefan to go home in the evenings when he has stayed late in the office, such is his dedication to keep on top of his work. Stefan is a huge asset to the team and in the short time that he has been here has raised the bar very high for himself and he keeps doing so.

Willingness To Learn

Stefan always has his notebook in hand and thrives on learning new things in the role. He has been thrown in at the deep end during busy periods but is never phased by any of it. He gets his head down and pushes himself forward. He is now solely responsible for two of our business entities and is already forging relationships with business partners and colleagues alike in the most professional manner. Stefan is integral to the team and to the future development of the team. 

 

Ability To Take Feedback

 Stefan is very self aware and good humoured and always willing to take feedback be it positive or constructive criticism. This is particularly noticeable during meetings with his manager and during his mentoring sessions and this great attitude only serves to enhance his performance levels.

 

Propensity To Take Action 

 

Stefan has had to deal with some business critical situations within the team in recent weeks. He has used a clear headed logical approach to get issues resolved and he has the talent and good sense to follow the path that will lead to a resolution. He is enthusiastic in the extreme and bursting with great ideas to change and improve the process.  Stefan is doing a great job. His mature and level headed approach has only served to enhance his performance and growth in the role in the past months.

 

Congratulations Stefan! 

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!

Beat The Rush! Why Now Is The Best Time To Hire Your Apprentice.

Beat The Rush! Why Now Is The Best Time To Hire Your Apprentice.

When is the right time to hire an apprentice? There’s never a bad time to hire an apprentice, as long as you feel you’re ready to introduce a new starter into your business.

Come September, there will be a spike in the number of companies looking for an apprentice as businesses return to normal after the summer break.

 

At the same time, school leavers will have discovered their GCSE grades. Looking to go into further education or start the first steps of their career.

 

This means there will be a HUGE rush to hire apprentices in the month of September. Making the process of recruiting the right person for your company more stressful than it should be.

We all know that July and August are incredibly popular months for team members to take their holidays. 

So September may seem like the ideal time to introduce an apprentice into your team. But be aware that every other business will have the same idea!

Get One Step Ahead.

Getting ahead of the curve and making sure you’re able to give yourself time to get a new hire in place before other businesses is key.

 

Whilst all other companies delay their hiring process and begin to rush in September, you’ll have a new apprentice in place with their feet already under the desk at your firm.

 

Competition in September is fierce and it’s not only competition from other business that you should consider. September is an incredibly busy period for school leavers.

 

Schools and colleges are starting up again and if a young person has not secured an apprenticeship, they may choose to go back into education. Similarly, clearing for universities begins in late August this year, creating more competition for the best young talent.  

School leavers will be receiving their GCSE results on the 22nd of August this year, but many will have been thinking about becoming an apprentice and taking their next step for quite some time. 

 

Those who are deciding between apprenticeships or university will either apply for an apprenticeship between June and August. If they don’t secure one, many will go on to university in September.

 

Many school leavers start looking for their next opportunity throughout their last year in school or college. Young people like this usually make for excellent apprentices. 

 

Why The Attitude Of An Apprentice Is So Important.

 

If they’ve been looking for some time, it normally means the young person is ready to take the next step. As well as this, they more than likely know what career path they want to take. It also demonstrates that they are proactive, and have the positive, can-do attitude that so many employers desire.

Here at LDN apprenticeships, our application process is specifically catered towards the attitude of an apprentice. Using the #EEWAP framework and a CV free process.

An apprentice’s attitude goes a long way to making an excellent and engaged member of your team. Skills are great and can be taught, but if you don’t have a positive and enthusiastic attitude, those skills may be wasted.

 

This is why school leavers present such an exciting opportunity for companies seeking to hire them as apprentices. Their attitude enables them to start a career they love and the training and support they’ll receive from you and their apprenticeship provider will help them to build on the skills they’ve already learnt.

 

August is a great time to recruit an apprentice. Just think – if you take action now, whilst everyone else is hiring in September, your new apprentice will already be embedded into your business and working within your team.

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!

Callum @ Renew Party – Tech LDN Apprentice of the Month

Callum @ Renew Party – Tech LDN Apprentice of the Month

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We are happy to announce that the winner of Tech LDN June Apprentice of the Month is Callum @ Renew Party!

The Renew Party is a relatively new political party set up to provide an alternative for moderate voters within the UK. Having joined the team just a few months ago and with his completion date in October, Callum had to learn a lot about the role in a short space of time. Something he’s been able to do with great success!

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).

Callum was nominated by his Learning Development Specialist – Tina, and the feedback was provided by Callum’s line-manager and Head of Operations at The Renew Party – David Britten.

You can read the full nomination below!

Energy

 

Despite his political inexperience, Callum has thrown himself into all manner of tasks at Renew. Since the organisation is a relatively young start-up, there are great opportunities to get involved in a number of roles, but that requires a willingness to do so. Not only has Callum been a consistent and strong performer in his role as Digital Marketing Officer, but he has also contributed more than his fair share of ideas. For example, he helped Renew to fine-tune its social media strategy with a number of innovations, such as improved video content attached to social media posts. He always comes to work with a can-do attitude and doesn’t give up when times are hard.

 
Enthusiasm

 

Going beyond the call of duty, Callum has explored the political world and current affairs, even though his role does not necessarily call for it. He has engaged thoroughly with the causes and implications of Brexit and political stratification, allowing this new-found knowledge to inform his recommendations for the party’s communications strategy. He has been a great help to Renew’s Communications team, in particular, showing ample desire to get involved with digital strategy. He also played a large role in the redesign of Renew’s website, streamlining our home page to deliver increased membership sign-ups.

Willingness To Learn

Callum is a responsive and good-natured employee, which makes him an excellent learner. For example, in team meetings, he is not afraid to listen and respond in kind to the ideas of others, whether those are concerned with the party’s membership drive or electoral strategy. He has worked well with the Head of Operations and Communications team because he is willing to absorb the knowledge and experience of others. This has had a positive impact on the office atmosphere and morale of the team.

 

Ability To Take Feedback

 

Callum’s humility and ability to laugh at himself makes him a receptive and willing learner. His vast potential as a Digital Marketing Office will undoubtedly be realised if he keeps this attitude up; even the office’s most experienced members have been impressed at his diplomatic and mature approach to personal growth.

 

Propensity To Take Action 

 

When Callum joined us, we were in desperate need of a Digital Marketing Officer. Callum assumed that mantle impressively. Not only did he help produce campaign literature for the European elections, but he also revolutionised our social media strategy by helping to implement a coherent schedule and new designs for our image posts. The gusto with which Callum took it upon himself to produce these excellent efforts was commendable, and directly led to an increase in Renew’s online engagements.

 

Congratulations Callum! 

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!

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We are happy to announce that the winner of Future LDN Apprentice of the Month is Libby @ Zebra People!

 

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). Farhana’s nomination is below:

Energy:

Libby brings a considered energy to the office and is always aware of her surroundings. She is consistent and a subtle source of energy around the office. When it comes to the job, Lib brings energy at all times and no task is ever too great or met with negativity. Lib has a long way to travel to and from work and has never once complained about the journey or being tired. She is extremely diligent!

Enthusiasm:

It has been great watching Lib enjoy the role and also brilliant to see that she doesn’t let the hard parts of the role dissuade her. She has a level of maturity beyond her years and is calm and level headed (recruitment can be extremely hard and disappointing at times – where you feel like time has been wasted) and it is impressive to watch Libby deal with frustrating situations handling them with expertise and maturity. She doesn’t let anything get to her – and is determined to do a great job at all times. She is an absolute pleasure to work with.

Willingness To Learn:

Libby is genuinely interested in our industry and always takes action to increase her knowledge in certain disciplines. She is an extremely quick learner, who is able to quickly digest and assimilate new knowledge. She is always enthusiastic when receiving new knowledge and gracious in accepting this. She is also very good when it comes to teaching others new things and helping where needed. The amount of information that Libs has processed and taken on board since the start of her apprenticeship is extremely impressive. She will ask for help if needed – but usually she is able to pick things up the first time and never has to be asked to complete something for second time as her work is always excellent.

Ability To Take Feedback:

 Excellent. Lib takes feedback very well and makes sure that she listens to what she is being told and really takes this onboard. She constantly seeks feedback too and ways to improve her work. She is gracious and mature in accepting feedback. Her ability to communicate throughout this process is excellent.

Propensity To Take Action:

Brilliant – Lib is quick to action tasks, and is always very organised and on top of things (she actually helps organise me!). You only have to ask Lib to do something once and she does it extremely well & thoroughly.

 

Congratulations Libby!