Why being an apprentice worked for me
By Recruiter Katie Salt
Have you ever wished that you could earn money whilst learning? I know I have. Well you can if you take on an apprenticeship. Apprentices do real jobs for real employers. So you’re paid while you learn.
Maybe you have just finished school, college or are even in full-time employment and wondering what to do next. Maybe an apprenticeship would work for you like it did for me.
If you are entering work for the first time you will start earning from day one of your apprenticeship. You work towards a work-based qualification such as a National Vocational Qualification (NVQ) and other nationally recognised qualifications. Your employer or training provider will make sure you have support that you need whilst studying your chosen NVQ.
Apprenticeships are designed with the help of the employers. They offer structured programmes that can take you through the skills you need to do a good job. There are targets to make sure that your employer/training provider is supporting you and most importantly that you are making progress.
A few years ago I completed a college course but did not know what to do next. I found myself trying out new things and not enjoying them. I felt stuck. I knew that I wanted to learn something new, but I wanted to try and earn money at the same time. I saw Outsource’s advert for an apprentice but didn’t know very much about the apprenticeship scheme but it was close to home so I had a look into it. It sounded great but I knew that I would need support and that it wasn’t going to be easy. I applied online and had a phone call after two days. I had worked part-time prior to my application and Outsource were interested in hearing about the previous customer service based positions that I had done previously.
Outsource were so helpful with information about the apprenticeship programmes and the NVQs. They were really friendly too. I got a phone call the next day with an offer to join the team. I started two weeks later. It was an extremely quick process which is exactly what I wanted.
Once I had started, I was straight into it, learning exactly what the company was, exactly what they did and about their future goals. I was supported by my training mentor from Babington College who came out to my work place every four weeks to discuss reviews and development plans with me.
I started off doing update calls to candidates, getting their availability for work, their expectations and also their requirements for their next role. It is a telephone based role; a lot of the work is talking to candidates on a daily basis and getting to know them. I was then given a certain role to work on, with a duration, rate and location. My job then would be to search local job boards and also our in-house database for candidates who match those requirements.
Being an apprentice doesn’t make you feel any different to being a professional. You are treated exactly the same with support on hand when you need it.
I have now worked my way up to a recruiter with Outsource. I had the support whenever I needed it and was treated like a professional and got to where I wanted to be. I am now in my second year at the company and I finished my apprenticeship in September 14 so I am now a permanent recruiter and work on recruitment for public sector and government roles.
The best thing I did was to find out more information about apprenticeships. I was unsure at first as to what they did, how it all worked, but I made the phone call and got all the information I needed and I knew that it was the right thing for me.
If you have recently finished school/college or are looking to obtain a job in recruitment then give Outsource a call. Many of Outsource’s apprentices have now progressed into permanent recruiters and in short timescales too. Outsource could support you to get you to where you want to be and I would recommend them to anybody.
The process to becoming an apprentice with Outsource is easy:
• apply online, or call in
• attend an informal interview (where the employer is interested in hearing about you and your future objectives, also giving you an insight on who the company are, and how they were founded)
• meet the team, get introduced to the work that you will get involved in, before making any decisions
We are a friendly and professional organisation so go on, give us a call.
To find out more ring Anna Stretch, tel: 01793 430021 or email: email@example.com