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!

Digital Marketing Stories

Digital Marketing Stories

Our Digital Marketing Apprenticeship programme allows our apprentices to really show their creative side as well as make a huge impact within the variety of different employers and companies they work for.

We asked some of the businesses we work with about the AWESOME Digital Marketing Apprentices they’ve taken on board and what they’ve done to boost their marketing efforts since starting their apprenticeship with them!

 

 

Danielle Samuel

Bespoke Curtains & Blinds

Digital Marketing Apprentice

 

Danielle has been at Bespoke Curtains & Blinds for almost six months and was brought in by co-owner Stuart Murphy and the team to seriously raise the boutique curtain and blind company’s online presence.

After meeting Danielle at our Career Kickstarter in October of last year, we asked Stuart how Danielle has been getting on and how she has impacted the business so far.

“Danielle has been a breath of fresh air to the company” said Stuart.

“She has a wonderful and pleasant nature and has integrated seamlessly into our small office. Her enthusiasm for digital marking is obvious!

“Danielle has overseen a complete revamp of our social media platforms. In recent meeting, she expanded on the different analytics and programs she has introduced to help raise our profile and track the development. I found this remarkable! We have already seen positive feedback and Danielle has already put forward ideas on how we could continue to improve our presence.

“Given we are a small team, Danielle is left to her own devices in many respects. When given different tasks, she carries them out efficiently and nearly always at the first time of asking. In addition to this, Danielle continuously introduces new ideas and methods and has begun to create a genuine and important role within our company which quite simply did not exist before her arrival.”

Annabelle Harris

Clarion Housing

Digital Marketing Apprentice

 

Clarion Housing is the largest housing association in the UK, so anyone introduced to the marketing team would need to get up to scratch quite quickly! Something Annabelle had no problem in doing and certainly raised herself to the task!

We asked her line-manager and Clarion’s Digital Marketing Executive Ronika Ponja about the immediate impact Annabelle has made within such a large company and a big marketing team.

“Annabelle is incredibly polite and friendly to everyone she comes into contact with at Clarion!” said Ronika.

“She has become a part of the Digital team very well and knowing she has a creative hand, I have given Annabelle a number of tasks that require creativity and each time she has been extremely excited to start work. On most occasions she will go above and beyond to research tools before the meeting itself to ensure she is prepared and ahead of the game. Energy we like to see at Clarion!

“Annabelle has had to learn a large number of new systems since joining our team and as a kinaesthetic learner, she learns while actioning things and this has worked very well when I have provided training for her. She has understood how to html code text into our CMS system quickly.

“We recently held a large event for over 100 people for apprenticeship week and Annabelle took it upon herself to plan a social media campaign for this. This involved creating a content calendar and also a brief for the marketing team to pull together useful assets.

“After the campaign was complete she started to pull together data to analyse whether the campaign created an uplift in the number of page views to our apprenticeship pages on our website and if it effected our social media data at all. Great work by Annabelle. She is a great help to the team!”

Scarlett Clarke

Shocklogic

Digital Marketing Apprentice

 

Shocklogic have been a long-standing partner with us for a number of years and having taken on apprentices within various roles within the company, Scarlett landed a job with fellow Lambeth neighbours Shocklogic almost one year ago!

We talked to her fantastic line-manager and Media and Marketing Coordinator Maggie Bruk about Scarlett’s time at the event management company based in Brixton.

“I have taken a few LDN Apprentices since working with Shocklogic and Scarlett is the youngest.” said Maggie.

“She has a lot of confidence for her age, and she brings some very welcome energy to the team. She has been a team member onsite in Paris, where they worked 14 hour days (over the weekend!), and she handled this pressure very well.

“Scarlett has learned so many new skills and responsibilities since she started and she has tackled them head on. This ranges from writing copy, to coordinating suppliers, and taking ownership of our social media strategy.

“She acknowledges and notes down all of her tasks as they are given to her, and will always ask if she has questions to make sure she delivers her tasks to the highest standard. She is not shy to speak up and give her opinion during our full team meetings (with sometimes up to 40 people present), and has proved in this short time to be a very valuable member of our 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!

Why Breaking The Stigma Around Apprenticeships Can Benefit Young People And Businesses Alike.

Why Breaking The Stigma Around Apprenticeships Can Benefit Young People And Businesses Alike.

It’s all about choice! 

 

Since the introduction of the modern-day apprenticeship programmes, there has been a lot of debate on which route of further education is more valuable for young people – apprenticeships or university? 

 

The simple answer is both!   

 

Everyone has different learning styles. They should have the choice to follow the path they will get the most benefit from. Not the path parents, teachers or society chooses for them. 

 

When I first started working in apprenticeships it was perceived as the last resort. Attracting candidates that had no other choice.  

 

I’m pleased to say now that this ‘last resort’ attitude has moved on. Now employers are seeing the benefits of hiring young talent into their teams. Bridging much-needed skills gaps and watching someone develop and reaching their full potential. 

 

However, there is still work to be done in getting the message out that apprenticeships are a genuine alternative to university.   

 

Recently on A-level results day, I was disappointed to read some of the posts on social media belittling apprenticeships. Posts such as ‘Don’t worry if you didn’t get the grades you needed, you could always do an apprenticeship!’  

 

It can be damaging for young people to read throw-away comments and think apprenticeships are a lesser alternative. Young people should be presented with every available opportunity to them. Remarks such as the one above go a long way to blocking those opportunities, which is a huge shame. 

 

Further Proof There Is Talent In Apprenticeships.

 

There is so much young talent out there today hungry to kickstart their careers.  We see this week in, week out at our Career Kickstarters. Employers love coming along to these so they can experience and feel the energy and enthusiasm of young people today.  The statistics we receive back from employers prove this. 

 

100% of employers who attend a Career Kickstarter say they think it is a positive experience and one they think is helpful in terms of recruiting an apprentice.  

 

By ditching the use of CV’s and inviting employers along to kickstarters, it also eliminates unconscious bias that could come into play by reading a CV alone. On average, employers who attend a Career Kickstarter offer formal interviews to at least three candidates.  

 

These same candidates are applying for jobs, only to be screened out because they do not hold a university degree – whether it’s relevant to the job role or not.  This now means that not only are young people missing out on an opportunity, employers are missing out as well! 

 

Recruiting in youth and generation-z provides an untapped pool of talent that companies need to not only grow their business but future-proof it as well. Overall, of the employers that do attend a Career kickstarter, three out of four end up hiring an apprentice they met on the day.

 

I understand that some people want to go down the university route. To experience life and come out with a degree that may be relevant to their chosen career path. This isn’t every young person or school leaver’s choice of further education though.  

 

For them, it’s all about choice. And that’s just what an apprenticeship provides for young people. 

Capacity & Training Time: Overcoming The Barriers To Hiring An Apprentice.

Capacity & Training Time: Overcoming The Barriers To Hiring An Apprentice.

Teaching, training, developing and mentoring people on the job, providing them with valuable skills and watching them grow in their chosen career path.

 

These activities have been a passion of mine in every job I have ever had. It has given me job satisfaction throughout my career.

 

So, when I was given the opportunity to work for an apprenticeship provider as a Business Development Executive, I thought all my Christmases had come at once!

 

When I accepted the offer, I thought to myself: “this should not be difficult. Surely all businesses – small, medium or large would be on my wavelength and understand how taking on apprentices helps businesses to grow.”

 

However, since starting I’ve learned that it’s not quite so simple.

 The most common objection I’m encountering which is stopping potential clients from taking on an apprentice is a lack of capacity.

 

That’s a broad word. What is meant by not having the capacity? Is it desk space? Your organisation structure? Time?

 

Second on the list of objections is the extra time clients will need to spend training and coaching the apprentice. Of course we’re all busy – time is money, after all – but when was the last time you took on a new hire who didn’t need loads of training and support up front?

 

So What Are The Objections?

 

First, let’s think about the issue of a lack of capacity. Yes, employing an apprentice means commitment. Initially, an apprentice will need guidance and support, just like any first recruit you hire. They will also need to spend some time working towards their qualifications and attending workshops.

 

On average, three months into an apprenticeship, our apprentices can effectively execute the majority of the duties in their role with minimal supervision.

This means within a short period of time, apprentices are effectively taking on non-critical tasks which free up more senior people in the organisation. Et voila (yes, I’m French) – capacity becomes less of an issue.

 

 

As an objection, capacity is therefore somewhat counterintuitive. Taking on an apprentice might seem like a lot of work at first. But we know that the vast majority of our clients see a marked increase in the productivity of their teams as a result of hiring an apprentice.

 

 

What Are You Waiting For? 

 

Next, let’s have a think about objections around training up an apprentice. Of course, training takes careful planning and time to execute as well. As a result it’s costly.

 

 

However, training up new employees is a fundamental part of the on-boarding process for any growing business. The importance of ongoing on-the-job training and CPD is an undisputed must-have for firms like yours.

 

 

If on-boarding training is a given, what about on the job training? It doesn’t need to be as complicated or structured as you might think.

 

 

Imagine a master bricklayer of yesteryear and her apprentice. The master bricklayer would have taught her apprentice every trick, tool and skill of the trade during the course of the apprenticeship. In the same way, your apprentice will want to soak up all of the experience and knowledge in your organisation.

 

 

And fortunately, it’s not yesteryear anymore. Modern apprenticeships are supported by highly experienced, high quality providers who are there to support you and your apprentice. So, alongside your in-house training, your apprentice will get loads of incredible training from their apprenticeship training provider.

 

 

Good providers will ensure that the apprenticeship training is closely aligned to your business objectives and they’ll teach marketable skills which make apprentices more productive.

 

 

Overall, apprentices bring a new energy, perspective and dynamic to the workplace. Investing in young people today and understanding that these young people are the workforce of the future will protect your business from skills shortages, develop your organisational culture and bring diversity to your team.

 

 

Don’t object – get involved!

Samuel Edwards @Digital Catapult

Samuel Edwards @Digital Catapult

Last week we had our fourth annual Graduation Ceremony, where we celebrated all of the hard work and achievements of our apprentice class of 2018/19!

Samuel Edwards was one of the 82 graduates, finishing his level 3 Digital Project Administration qualification alongside working for the UK’s leading advanced digital innovation centre, Digital Catapult.

Since completing, Samuel has now been hired full time by Digital Catapult, who have capitalised on Samuel’s already essential experience within the company and the knowledge he has gained within the workplace over his 13 months with Digital Catapult.

Samuel has been helped along his apprenticeship journey by his line-manager at Digital Catapult, Geraldine Moor, as well as his Learning Development Specialist (LDS) – Dharam Lohia, who have both played a huge part in Samuel’s success story so far.

Geraldine is the Business Development Professional at Digital Catapult and has seen Samuel develop and progress a huge amount over the space of his apprenticeship. So much so that he has been taken on as a full-time member of staff! 

“Samuel was the third apprentice to join Digital Catapult, and the first to work on the facilities team.” said Geraldine.

“His position as front of house coordinator requires him to greet visitors, book meeting rooms and help with inquiries. Having Samuel’s LDS come to our office monthly to discuss his progress was a great help, particularly in the first six months.


“We are thrilled to have Samuel now as a permanent member of the team. Samuel’s willingness to help plus his calm and cheerful manner – even under pressure – makes him a great addition to the team.”
 

Dharam has also had the pleasure of seeing Samuel progress throughout his apprenticeship and as his LDS, was in a position to tutor and specifically align what Samuel was learning with his role at Digital Catapult. 

Samuel’s positive progression into a full-time role within the field of his apprenticeship study is a testament to Dharam’s experienced learning structure and unrivalled support.

“I am so proud that Samuel has secured a permanent role as a front of house coordinator with Digital Catapult!” said Dharam.

“I have seen Samuel develop and mature professionally since he first started and make massive improvements, especially on his communications skills.

 

“Geraldine and the rest of the team at Digital Catapult have been incredibly supportive of Samuel throughout and it’s great to see they’ve taken him on full time and have been rewarded for reruiting an apprentice with a fully-pledged full time member of the team!

 

“I’ll be following Sam’s career closely and I’m sure he’s going to be a huge success at Digital Catapult for many years!”

We’ve heard from Samuel’s manager and from his LDS, so what does Samuel himself say about his journey as an apprentice! 

“My  journey with LDN Apprenticeships has been a great experience.

 

“Since starting I have improved my communication skills, widened my general IT knowledge and gained new skills using Microsoft Office packages.

 

“Digital Catapult has allowed me to learn a number of professional skills such as note-taking and listening on meetings.

My apprenticeship has improved my quality of work and the workshops have allowed me to gain more knowledge of the business world.

“I would like to thank my LDS Dharam, my manager Geraldine and Danait Weldesellasie for believing in me and having the patience to support me through my apprenticeship.

 

“I recommend to every young person to do an apprenticehip because it’s a great life experience.”

Congratulations to Samuel for joining the LDN Apprenticeships class of 2018/19 and landing a full-time role at Digital Catapult!

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!

LDN Graduation 2019.

LDN Graduation 2019.

On Thursday, LDN Apprenticeships welcomed over 100 apprentices, employers and guests to our fourth annual Graduation ceremony, where the class of 2018/2019 celebrated their achievements and were each awarded with a trophy to commend their hard work during the course of their apprenticeships.

Apprentice of the Year

Our graduation ceremony is an opportunity to announce our Apprentices of the Year! This is to award the two apprentices within both the Future LDN and Tech LDN programmes that have not just excelled within their apprenticeship but also within their workplace, becoming an integral part of their team and showing #EEWAP to the absolute maximum!

The winners of the Apprentice of the Year were:

Josh Gomes (Tech LDN) – Benefacto

Ellie O’Reilly (Future LDN) – Funding Circle

Tech LDN - Apprentice of the Year 2019 - Josh Gomes - Benefacto

Josh embodies EEWAP, illustrated by his contribution to every project.
He brings energy and enthusiasm to planning; voicing new ideas or suggesting new ways of doing things.
Josh is forced to embrace a steep learning curve: teaching himself a new language? No problem. Complex business logic? He’ll find a way. Interacting directly with clients to learn requirements? Josh is already dialing the number.
Eager to improve, Josh takes on feedback readily and whatever is required he’ll take the actions required to deploy elegant, tested code on time every time.
Given the right encouragement Josh will end up as an accomplished CTO – it’s our job to encourage him with this award.

Future LDN - Apprentice of the Year - Ellie O'Reilly - Funding Circle

Ellie has made a huge impact since being at Funding Circle. She completed her Level 3 and is now in the middle of her Level 4, all whilst quickly progressing within the team to become a Senior Administrator. She is a consistent top performer and has taken on additional responsibilities such as leading training sessions and acting as a mentor for our new starters, holding weekly catch ups with them and reporting on their statistics. She is well known around the business and is considered friendly and approachable, and has even won a company-wide award on two occasions for her commitment to the role.

With so many great nominations, it was tough to pick just two from Tech LDN and Future LDN.

The rest of the nominations for Apprentice of the Year can be seen below:

 

Manager of the Year

 

For the first time ever, we unveiled the Future LDN and Tech LDN Manager of the Year!

We know the BEST apprentices always have a great manager to help them throughout their apprenticeship journey. So we felt it was time to reward the managers behind the AWESOME apprentices. 

The winners of the Manager of the Year were:

Sam Bysouth (Tech LDN) – X4 Group

Catherine Lyons (Future LDN) – euNetworks

Tech LDN - Manager of the Year - Sam Bysouth - X4 Group

Sam has been very versatile when it comes to teaching/mentoring me on IT, considering he covers other areas of the company he still has knowledge on what it takes to become a good IT support technician. I feel Sam has put a lot into me guiding me through my apprenticeship and should be rewarded for his hard work.

Future LDN - Manager of the Year - Catherine Lyons - euNetworks

Catherine has to be one of the best managers out there in the AR and AP sector. She will always do the utmost for her team and finds comfort in watching her team succeed and will never take the light away from them.
She has seen 3 apprentices finish the course and has had 1 apprentice of the year. Catherine deserves this award for her commitment to watching the continuing growth of her apprentices and acting like a mother figure when sometimes as an apprentice you may lose your way, much more than anybody could ask for in the workplace.

 

The rest of the nominations for Manager of the Year can be seen below: