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Are you interested in an apprenticeship?

What’s an apprenticeship?

It’s a genuine job, with training, meaning you can earn while you learn and gain the necessary skills and professional competencies in your chosen career.

 

What can I earn?

The minimum wage for apprentices is £3.50 per hour, but many employers pay more than this. This is dependent on the sector, region and apprenticeship level e.g. some higher apprenticeships pay up to £500 per week.

More details on salaries and entry criteria in specific apprenticeship occupations can be found on GOV.UK and search ‘apprenticeships’.

 

What levels are there?

All apprenticeships include elements of on the job and off the job training leading to industry recognised standards or qualifications. Some apprenticeships also require an assessment at the end of the programme to assess the apprentice’s ability and competence in their job role.

 

What’s in it for me?

  • Earn a real wage
  • Be trained in the skills employers want
  • You are more likely to progress quicker and higher than a typical student
  • Learn at a pace that suits you and be supported by a mentor
  • Have annual holidays
  • You will set yourself up for the future – apprentices enjoy marked salary increases when they complete their training, and those completing a higher apprenticeship could see increased earnings of an estimated £150,000 over their lifetime.

 

Entry requirements

Apprenticeships are available to anyone over the age of 16, living in England. There are different entry requirements depending on the sector and job. 7

Recent legislation has come into effect which changes the minimum English and maths requirements needed to complete an apprenticeship for people with a learning difficulty or disability. The changes will lower the English and maths requirements for these apprentices to an Entry Level 3 qualification.

A Disability Confident Employer will generally offer an interview to any applicant that declares they have a disability and meets the minimum criteria as defined by the employer. For more details search Disability Confident on GOV.UK.

Employer guide to apprenticeships

What is an apprenticeship?

An apprenticeship is a genuine job with an accompanying assessment and skills development programme. It is a way for individuals to earn while they learn gaining valuable skills and knowledge in a specific job role. The apprentice gains this through a wide mix of learning in the workplace, formal off-the-job training and the opportunity to practise new skills in a real work environment. Apprenticeships benefit employers and individuals, and by boosting the skills of the workforce they help to improve economic productivity.

How do they work?

Apprentices must spend at least 20% of their time on off-the-job training, however, they may need more than this if, for example, they need training in English and maths. It is up to the employer and training provider to decide how the off-the-job training is delivered. It may include regular day release, block release and special training days or workshops. It must be directly relevant to the apprenticeship framework or standard and can be delivered at the apprentice’s normal place of work if it is not part of their normal working duties. It can cover practical training such as shadowing, mentoring, industry visits and attending competitions. On-the-job training helps an apprentice develop the specific skills for the workplace and they should be supported by a mentor. Once an apprentice completes their apprenticeship they should be able to demonstrate that they can perform tasks confidently and completely to the standard set by industry.

Who are they for?

Individuals over the age of 16, spending at least 50% of their working hours in England over the duration of their apprenticeship and not in full-time education can apply for an apprenticeship. Employers can offer apprenticeships to new entrants or use them to grow talent from among current employees. Apprenticeships equip individuals with the necessary skills knowledge and behaviour they need for specific job roles, future employment and progression.

Benefits of hiring apprentices

Hiring an apprentice is a productive and effective way for any business to grow talent and develop a motivated, skilled and qualified workforce. Employers who have an established apprenticeship programme reported that productivity in their workplace had improved by 76% whilst 75% reported that apprenticeships improved the quality of their product or service. Other benefits that apprenticeships contribute towards include:

  • Increasing employee satisfaction
  • Reducing staff turnover
  • Reducing recruitment costs

What is an apprenticeship?

An apprenticeship is a genuine job with an accompanying assessment and skills development programme. It is a way for individuals to earn while they learn gaining valuable skills and knowledge in a specific job role. The apprentice gains this through a wide mix of learning in the workplace, formal off-the-job training and the opportunity to practise new skills in a real work environment. Apprenticeships benefit employers and individuals, and by boosting the skills of the workforce they help to improve economic productivity.

How do they work?

Apprentices must spend at least 20% of their time on off-the-job training, however, they may need more than this if, for example, they need training in English and maths. It is up to the employer and training provider to decide how the off-the-job training is delivered. It may include regular day release, block release and special training days or workshops. It must be directly relevant to the apprenticeship framework or standard and can be delivered at the apprentice’s normal place of work if it is not part of their normal working duties. It can cover practical training such as shadowing, mentoring, industry visits and attending competitions. On-the-job training helps an apprentice develop the specific skills for the workplace and they should be supported by a mentor. Once an apprentice completes their apprenticeship they should be able to demonstrate that they can perform tasks confidently and completely to the standard set by industry.

Who are they for?

Individuals over the age of 16, spending at least 50% of their working hours in England over the duration of their apprenticeship and not in full-time education can apply for an apprenticeship. Employers can offer apprenticeships to new entrants or use them to grow talent from among current employees. Apprenticeships equip individuals with the necessary skills knowledge and behaviour they need for specific job roles, future employment and progression.

Benefits of hiring apprentices

Hiring an apprentice is a productive and effective way for any business to grow talent and develop a motivated, skilled and qualified workforce. Employers who have an established apprenticeship programme reported that productivity in their workplace had improved by 76% whilst 75% reported that apprenticeships improved the quality of their product or service. Other benefits that apprenticeships contribute towards include:

  • Increasing employee satisfaction
  • Reducing staff turnover
  • Reducing recruitment costs

For further information see the link below:

Employer_guide_to_apprenticeships_03.11.2017

 

Top anti-bullying tips:

  • It doesn’t matter what colour hair you have; what trainers you are wearing; how you speak; how you walk; how you talk – it is not your fault if you get bullied. We are all different in some way and that’s what makes us amazing.
  • Whether you are a boy or a girl, old or young, big or small – bullying makes you feel rubbish and it’s okay to be upset about it. The important thing is that you tell someone about it.
  • Keep a record of what happened, when it happened, and who was involved. If the bullying is online, keep the evidence – save or copy any photos, videos, texts, emails or posts.
  •  It can be tempting if you are being bullied to retaliate – for example to send a horrible message back to someone; to try and embarrass and hurt the other person, or to fight back. This is not a good idea– you might end up being seen as the trouble maker or get yourself even more hurt.
  • Remember to be kind to other people! Just because someone is different to you and your friends – that doesn’t mean you are better than them or have a right to make them feel bad. If you mess up, say sorry. You don’t have to be friends with everyone – but you should always show respect, make it clear that you don’t like it when people bully others, and stick up for people who are having a hard time.

    Take a look below at JTM’s poster for anti-bullying week !

anti bullying week poster (social media) 

 

 

Are you up to date with the new Snapchat feature, Snapmaps?

Snapchat is a mobile app that allows you to send videos and pictures to your Snapchat contacts, but will disappear after a few seconds of the person viewing them. Snapchat also allows you to send direct messages, where you can capture a photo or brief video, add a caption or filter over the top, and then send the finished ‘snap’ to a friend.

Alternatively, you can also add your snap to your “story”, which is a  collection of your snaps that are live for your contacts to view for 24 hours only, and then will also disappear.

Last week, Snapchat released a new feature called ‘Snapmaps’.  This allows users to see where in the country their Snapchat contacts are, as well as seeing location based photos and videos. This feature allows others to accurately pinpoint where you are. There are three possible privacy settings:

  • Ghost mode, where only you can see your position;
  • My Friends mode, where any contact can see your location; and
  • Select Friends mode, just those who you choose can see you

Read Childnet’s guide on how to change your settings in order to stay safe, whilst using the app

http://www.childnet.com/blog/introducing-snap-maps-the-new-location-sharing-feature-in-snapchat

‘New’ Apprenticeship Standards – 5 FAQ’s

From May, JTM will be launching new apprenticeship standards in conjunction with our employers. It’s important to understand the main differences between a ‘standard’ and the old apprenticeship ‘framework’. We’ve put together five frequently asked questions to help differentiate the two.

1. What do Standards entail?
Apprenticeships are commonly associated with a practical skillset and application. ‘Standards’ take this one step further, with an equal emphasis on the knowledge our learners develop and the behaviour that our employers require, making for a more ‘well-rounded’ experience for everyone involved. This is known as Knowledge, Skills and Behaviour.

2. Who designs Standards?
The new Apprenticeship Standards have been designed by employer ‘trailblazer’ groups. What may surprise you is that the minimum number of employers needed to design each standard is 10 – this is to ensure the content delivered consistently reflects the industry demands.

3. How are Standards summarised?
The summary for each Standard will be no longer than two pages, making it easier for both employers and learners to understand what is required, and included in the Standard. The most important information such as job role, duration of programme, knowledge, skills, and behaviour and what qualifications are available will be clearly stated in the summary.

4. How are Standards assessed?
Apprenticeship frameworks were achieved through on-programme assessment, which involved the assessor and their learner building a portfolio of work over the duration of the programme. With the new Standards, this has changed to an ‘end-point assessment’, which is carried out at the end of a programme and allows the learner to show everything they have learnt during this time. Each standard will differ, but the most common methods of EPA include; work-based observation, written tests, review of work and professional discussions.

5. Have all Frameworks been replaced?
New Standards are being approved each day as new job roles and skill areas are identified, but there are still frameworks that have not been replaced just yet. The funding for these will continue (albeit reduced). For example; JTM will continue to offer learners and employers Apprenticeship Frameworks in Leadership & Management L5 and Business Administration until a Standard replaces them.

If you have any questions about the new Apprenticeship Standards, please contact us by phone today on 01513369340, by e-mail at info@jarvis-eu.com or speak to an agent on our live chat.

International Women’s Day!

Today is International Women’s Day, and the campaign theme is ‘Be Bold For Change’.

“International Women’s Day celebrates the social, economic, cultural and political achievement of women. Yet progress has slowed in many places across the world, so global action is needed to accelerate gender parity. In 2016 leaders across the world pledged to take action as champions of gender parity – not only for International Women’s Day, but for every day. Groups and individuals also pledged their support. In 2017, if leaders are seeking to declare their bold action via the IWD website and show their support for women’s advancement, please see details.”

How does this relate to apprenticeships?

Well, young women are falling short in apprenticeships, being misrepresented, achieving poorer outcomes and being paid less than their male counterparts, according to a report from the Young Women’s Trust charity.

The report suggests that in sector subject areas such as engineering, there are less women making up the numbers than ten years ago. Nadia Khomani, editor at the Guardian states: “For every female apprentice working within engineering, there are 25 male apprentices”.

Click here for more information on The Young Women’s Trust.

One of the main problems is that over 50% of young women apprentices are only interested in five subject areas – the same proportion of young men generally work across ten areas. There are also a greater number of women to men who do not secure full-time employment after their apprenticeship. In 2016, Mike Thompson, director of apprenticeships at Barclays, labelled the findings “worrying”.

Jarvis Training Management are a proud advocate of equality and diversity and would like to invite you all to celebrate #InternationalWomensDay with us.

For more information on our apprenticeships, courses or training, contact us today on 01513369340, e-mail at info@jarvis-eu.com or speak to an agent on our live chat!

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National Careers Week!

This week is National Careers Week! Bringing training providers, students and employers together through a range of activities and events until Friday 10th March.

Founded by volunteers with experience in business, education and careers advice, this week is to celebrate educational achievements and give employers the exposure they deserve.

National Careers Week is encouraging NHS organisations to promote the service and raise young people’s awareness in schools, colleges and training centres across the country.

This is also an opportunity for employers to showcase the success stories of apprentices that have successfully gained employment through themselves.

More importantly, this week is to raise awareness on how important good careers education is in schools and colleges nationally, and this is something JTM are proud to be a part of.

It’s also National Apprenticeship Week, so if you’d like to find out more about the apprenticeships, courses or training we provide, get in touch by phone on 01513369340, by e-mail at info@jarvis-eu.com or speak to an agent on our live chat!

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Key Info when Applying for an Apprenticeship

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You may be a school or college leaver, or just interested in a new career path. If that’s the case, then why not apply for an Apprenticeship with JTM?

Our apprenticeship and traineeship programmes are offered to young individuals looking to break into the industry. We’re here to provide you with some key information in applying for one of our programmes, and hopefully make your decision easier!

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© Jarvis Training Management Ltd.

Sectors
Many of you may be unsure what sector you’d like to work in. JTM offer a wide variety of subject areas such as: Customer Service; IT; Business Administration; Childcare; ILM; Teaching Assistant and more to ensure we have something available for everyone. We also offer Employability Skills training for those looking to start work. If you’re interested in a particular area, it might be worth attending one of our Information Sessions to gain more of a detailed understanding on each apprenticeship and what is required of you. The application process is short and sweet and we have advisors on hand to answer any questions you may have and advise you accordingly. Feel free to contact our live chat advisors on our website for more information, or give us a call on 01513369340.

Age Range
If you are 16 or over, you can apply for one of our apprenticeships. Apprenticeships are offered from school leaving age, offering an alternative option for those unsure about attending college.

Entry Requirements
There’s a lot of speculation about entry requirements. Anyone can do an apprenticeship if they are of an eligible age. If you don’t have your GCSE’s we can still enlist you onto one of our programmes and you would be able to study to gain your English and Maths in addition to your apprenticeship qualification if you are old enough! Some specific courses such as Teaching Assistant do require that you currently work in a school so it’s worth enquiring if you’re interested in a specific qualification as they do differ. We offer courses to suit everyone.

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Qualifications
JTM are proud to offer level 1, 2 and 3 courses in a variety of areas such as Childcare, Business Admin, IT and more. We can also advise how you would be able to do a level 4 or 5 higher education qualification with ourselves if this is what you’re looking for. JTM are an accredited centre for City & Guilds, CACHE, ILM and Edexcel qualifications. If you have any enquiries about a specific course we offer, please do not hesitate to contact us by phone, e-mail or live chat for more information. We’re always here to help!

Progression
Following completion of your apprenticeship, you may have the opportunity to progress onto a higher-level qualification (e.g. Level 3 after completion of a Level 2) or alternatively secure a full-time place in your company.

Funding
Funding is one of the biggest worries people have with regards to securing an apprenticeship. Here is a small breakdown for your reference.

Age of Apprentice Proportion of funding available
16 to 18 100% of course fees
19 to 23 *Please enquire for more funding eligibility details
24 and over *Please enquire for more funding eligibility details

*Eligibility of funding will apply. Please contact us for more information.

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More information
In addition to our Apprenticeship programmes, we also offer Traineeships designed to help prepare you for an apprenticeship and give you experience of a working environment. The age range is generally 16-24 however if you fall under or over this bracket it may still be worthwhile getting in touch so we can advise you. Traineeships are available in Childcare and Business Administration, although we do offer other courses.

If you’d like any more information on Traineeships please visit our website or contact us via phone, e-mail, or live chat and we’ll be happy to help. If you require any more information, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us. We wish you the very best of luck in your search for an Apprenticeship!

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Everyone at JTM would like to congratulate Cathy Gainford and Jonathan Dando on completion of their Preparing to  Teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector (PTLS) Qualifications.

Please see our office opening times below over the Christmas period.

JTM offices are closed:

Thursday 15/12/2016 Wednesday 28/12/2016
Friday 16/12/2016 Thursday 29/12/2016
Monday 26/12/2016 Friday 30/12/2016
Tuesday 27/12/2016 Monday 02/01/2017

The office will re-open on Tuesday 3rd January 2017.

From everyone at JTM, we would like to wish you all a very merry Christmas and a fantastic new year!

Employer Spotlight: Support at Home

About the employer

Support at Home are a local, family run business based in Speke specialising in and providing high quality, caring support services for everyone aged 18 years and above, in their own homes or other establishments. Support at Home have clients who pay privately, are in receipt of funding from Continuing Health Care (NHS) and receive Direct payments- also known as Self Directed Support.

Support at Home’s mission is to maintain a service which is recognised as a professional, caring and supportive solution to daily challenges faced by many in our communities today. Their person centered service is designed to meet the individual wishes, needs and requirements of their customers.

What we did

At JTM, we specialise in working with local employers on their recruitment needs by offering bespoke training on employability and vocational skills that will better equip the applicant in securing a full time position within an organisation.

Setting up a Health and Social Care Sector Skills Academy, based at our learning centre in Speke and supported by the Merseyside District DWP, which included a full two week course with a guaranteed interview at the end with the employer, allowed the applicants to develop and practice their employability skills, ensure their CV’s were up to date and have time to prepare for the interviews.

What the employer had to say

“As part of our recruitment drive we have held a two week Sector Skills Academy which was provided by Jarvis Training Management Ltd, at their premises in Speke. For us, it has been a huge success! We employed 4 candidates from this group and we are delighted with each of them. All 4 have started as Support Workers and are settling in extremely well.

Prior to the start date, they all attended a further full week of training at our offices and each person showed full commitment to this course, attending every session on time and engaging well with other members on the course.The 2 weeks in the academy with Jarvis really helped us, in a sense that the candidates were well informed and genuinely excited and passionate about the position when they attended the interview. It was obvious that there was a real determination to get through the interview and to be accepted for the role and this has continued throughout their time with us so far. It also gave us the opportunity to see this commitment before we made a recruitment decision, which was really useful.For us as an employer, we would probably need to interview and train 10-15 candidates to find 4 committed, long term, reliable and dependable members of staff. So the time and resources that we, as a company have saved is invaluable.

The support we have received from the Jobcentre, in conjunction with Jarvis Training Management Ltd has been excellent. It has provided us with a different approach to our recruitment which we hope to make use of on a regular basis. A further benefit of this programme is that we are able to get in front of potential Support Workers, to tell them about the sector and answer any questions that they might have. It gives people who are considering a career in care, the opportunity to ask the important questions about the role and get honest answers.  

For us, we recruit Support Workers based on attitude, personality and principles so we are not always looking for people who have worked in care before. This programme really supports our approach to recruitment”

Nicola Beal, Care Manager

 


JTM have a long history of working with both large and small Merseyside employers to deliver pre-employment training in association with the DWP through Sector-skills academies and Employability workshops. If you would like to know more about how we can help your company with its next round of recruitment, please contact us on 0151 336 9340, e-mail us at info@jarvis-eu.com or visit our website and fill in the contact form.

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