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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or speak to an agent on our live chat.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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 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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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!