Smart Training and Recruitment https://smarttar.co.uk Wed, 28 Aug 2019 09:17:13 +0000 en-GB hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.2 5 Star Service https://smarttar.co.uk/5-star-service/ Wed, 02 Oct 2019 09:24:07 +0000 https://smarttar.co.uk/?p=6663 We love receiving feedback from our Learners. We are proud of our Training Advisor Lindsey who was praised by a recent achiever, Ben Gilbert I would like to pass on some feedback in relation to my recently completed Level 4 in Management but mostly in relation to my Training Advisor Lindsey. I just want to […]

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We love receiving feedback from our Learners. We are proud of our Training Advisor Lindsey who was praised by a recent achiever, Ben Gilbert

I would like to pass on some feedback in relation to my recently completed Level 4 in Management but mostly in relation to my Training Advisor Lindsey.

I just want to say that without Lindsey having taken over and offering me the support she did, having an open door and being available to me at any time then I probably wouldn’t have completed the qualification.

You’ll be well aware how much I was falling behind I imagine and up until about two months ago I’d made very little real progress. Lindsey then came on board and quickly realised and got to grips with my preferred learning style and how difficult I was finding it to get my answers down in writing in order to complete the workbooks.

As a result, we did a great deal of the work verbally (so much so that my wife would joke about my regular meetings, within her words, “your oral lady”!) and I’m sure Lindsey will say that this made a big difference! That said even with the inroads we were making, in early August I sent her an email stressing out that we were running short of time, that the volume of work needed to be done was a major concern and that it was probably best I terminate my place. I just couldn’t see the light at the end of the tunnel.

Once again Lindsey to the rescue. In the span of one short conversation she put everything into perspective for me, helped me break things down into smaller chunks and helped me set a weekly goal that would ensure the qualification was done on time so long as I stuck to that goal.
This worked a treat and was a major booster to my morale and belief in my ability to complete. And complete I did!

Lindsey has been lovely to work with, always professional but kind and approachable, she’s a credit to you and the company. I can’t stress enough that I firmly believe if she hadn’t have swooped in when she did, then I’d have probably not gained the qualification and wasted so much of my time and the time of yourselves.

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High Standard Achievement https://smarttar.co.uk/high-standard-achievement/ Thu, 26 Sep 2019 15:38:17 +0000 https://smarttar.co.uk/?p=6610 Congratulations to our recent achievers One of the biggest changes in the new Apprenticeship reforms is the inclusion of End-point assessment. All Apprentices on a new Apprenticeship standard now have to complete and End-point assessment (EPA) to complete their qualification, as opposed to the Apprenticeship (SASE) frameworks where assessment took place throughout. With our high-quality […]

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Congratulations to our recent achievers

One of the biggest changes in the new Apprenticeship reforms is the inclusion of End-point assessment. All Apprentices on a new Apprenticeship standard now have to complete and End-point assessment (EPA) to complete their qualification, as opposed to the Apprenticeship (SASE) frameworks where assessment took place throughout.

With our high-quality delivery of teaching and learning, we prepare our Apprentices for their End Point Assessment.   

Congratulations to all our Apprentices who have passed through end-point assessment. We hope your apprenticeship signifies the start of a successful career and wish you all the best of luck in your endeavours.

If you are interested in enrolling onto an apprenticeship visit https://smarttar.co.uk/apprenticeships/

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Smart Stars https://smarttar.co.uk/smart-stars/ Thu, 26 Sep 2019 10:14:16 +0000 https://smarttar.co.uk/?p=6600 Congratulations to our North & Mids Smart Stars for September 2019. Here at Smart, we are passionate about our employee recognition. Well done to you all.

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Congratulations to our North & Mids Smart Stars for September 2019. Here at Smart, we are passionate about our employee recognition. Well done to you all.

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Apprentice fun with Mr Tumble https://smarttar.co.uk/apprentice-fun2/ Wed, 04 Sep 2019 07:51:13 +0000 https://smarttar.co.uk/?p=6427 Mark seemed to have a lot of fun while he was visiting Georgia, our new apprentice who started her placement at Hug A Mug recently. #Mrtumble was visiting to help support the toddlers early years learning and development. Hug A Mug is an independent coffee shop and they cater for all and are the first […]

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Mark seemed to have a lot of fun while he was visiting Georgia, our new apprentice who started her placement at Hug A Mug recently.

#Mrtumble was visiting to help support the toddlers early years learning and development.

Hug A Mug is an independent coffee shop and they cater for all and are the first independent coffee shop in Liverpool to hold Autism Awareness accreditation.

Hug A Mug also cater for outside events, birthdays and other celebrations. Hug A Mug run a variety of different child sessions in the sensory room such as baby yoga and reflexology.

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Nomination for Inspirational Women of the Year 2019 https://smarttar.co.uk/debby-ash-nominated-for-inspirational-women-of-the-year-2019/ Thu, 22 Aug 2019 12:08:39 +0000 https://smarttar.co.uk/?p=6240 We are so proud to announce that Ash Cuttress & Debby Seiles have been nominated for Inspirational Women on the Year 2019.  We had a catch up with Debby and Ash to ask for their feedback on their nomination. Such Inspirational Women! Debby Seiles commented “I am so pleased to have been nominated for the […]

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We are so proud to announce that Ash Cuttress & Debby Seiles have been nominated for Inspirational Women on the Year 2019.  We had a catch up with Debby and Ash to ask for their feedback on their nomination.

Such Inspirational Women!

Debby Seiles commented

“I am so pleased to have been nominated for the Inspirational Women award, having been with Smart Training and Recruitment for just over four years, it is nice to be recognised for my work with learners and colleagues.

Over the past year, we have seen a shift from frameworks to standards, and this along with the upcoming reforms to functional skills has seen some challenges in the business as we get to grips with the changes and taking the fear of EPA from the learners.

Having worked in hospitality management for years, it is such a pleasure to work alongside the learners at all different levels and see them build on their skills and develop both personally and professionally and be able to progress up the career ladder.

Without the support of the managers and other TAs in the business, I would not have been able to achieve this.”

Ash Cutress also commented on being nominated;

“It is great to be recognised and exciting to have opportunity to network with other inspirational women (and men!) who are involved with  Apprenticeship delivery as this will continue to highlight and promote the immense benefits work-based learning has, not only for individuals but for businesses too. Working in such a dynamic industry for the past 11 years has been truly rewarding as I have seen so many apprentices’ achieve their qualifications, progress in their chosen careers and add value to the businesses they work in.”

We wish both of them good luck for the award!

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Tara’s Blog: First year at Smart Training https://smarttar.co.uk/taras-blog-first-year-at-smart-training/ Thu, 22 Aug 2019 12:04:11 +0000 https://smarttar.co.uk/?p=6235 I have now completed my first year working for Smart, which is also my first year of working anywhere at all. I started off as a trainee doing the simplest jobs like the post and I have worked my way up to an apprenticeship and data administrator, and I am keen to keep learning even […]

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I have now completed my first year working for Smart, which is also my first year of working anywhere at all. I started off as a trainee doing the simplest jobs like the post and I have worked my way up to an apprenticeship and data administrator, and I am keen to keep learning even more. It is really rewarding to see yourself progress and to feel confident in doing new tasks that at first you never thought you’d be able to get your head around.

Since joining Smart, I have not just progressed on the practical side of things, but I have also become a lot more confident than when I first joined. The biggest challenge in my apprenticeship was that I wasn’t confident enough to take phone calls from people out in the field in case I wasn’t sure what to say or if I told someone the wrong information, and I often used to panic when I would get a call directly. But as I have learned more about how the business works and I have had a lot of support from my colleagues, I now feel comfortable & confident to take multiple a day. I also don’t feel stressed about what to do if I’m still unsure how to answer a question as I have been shown various options of what I can do to help myself and the caller.

With just a year of experience, I feel that there is a lot more I could put on my CV compared to when I had just finished school, as I now have work experience, my traineeship qualifications, and by December I will have a qualification in Business Administration. Once I finish this qualification, I can go on to work up to a more advanced level, and I am excited to do this and progress further.

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Tara’s Blog: Becoming an Apprentice https://smarttar.co.uk/taras-blog-becoming-apprentice/ Fri, 22 Mar 2019 11:06:28 +0000 https://smarttar.co.uk/?p=5686 The post Tara’s Blog: Becoming an Apprentice appeared first on Smart Training and Recruitment.

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Becoming an Apprentice
by Tara Hewison

An apprenticeship isn’t always the first thing that comes to mind when thinking of education after school, but for me it was the right decision. I debated whether it would be better to go and do my A Levels to get into Uni and do a degree to then get a job, but finally thought that for me, it would be best to earn whilst I learn. My older sisters also began their careers by being apprentices and have worked their way up which really inspired me because it shows that you don’t have to go to somewhere like college in order to make a good future for yourself, so when I saw the opportunity to apply for an apprenticeship with Smart, I was really keen to apply.

My apprenticeship has given me the opportunity to go straight into a full-time job whilst also being in education- I’m gaining experience, a qualification and getting paid which means that I don’t have to worry about being in Uni debt and getting a job on the side and having the stress of studying and trying to have money separately. On the weekends I can spend my earnings on going out with friends and doing stuff I enjoy!

I learn best when I am doing the job at hand, so for me, to be in a business environment and to be doing tasks is much more helpful than listening to a lecture because it could go in one ear and out the other. My job role is an apprentice administrator which means that I perform a range of admin tasks and my job is mostly based around a computer. This means it’s familiarising me with using IT and I’m getting a lot quicker as the days go on- it used to take me a few minutes to find one button and now I can perform a whole task in that time.

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I feel that I have progressed not just in my role but as a person because I now have experienced working with other people in a much more professional environment than school and I find it easier to collaborate and work in a group which has really built up my confidence. I get the support from Smart that I need to progress with things like this and I don’t feel overpowered with too much pressure with work that I can’t complete. I would say that if you are not sure what you want to do when you’ve finished school that you should definitely consider applying for an apprenticeship because I haven’t looked back since.


I chose to follow up school as an apprentice and it was the perfect choice for me

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Smart Success https://smarttar.co.uk/smart-success/ Mon, 14 Jan 2019 11:43:51 +0000 https://smarttar.co.uk/?p=3926 The post Smart Success appeared first on Smart Training and Recruitment.

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The ultimate Smart Success

By Smart Training & Recruitment

The ultimate Smart Success

With the support from her Training Advisor, Tara completed her Traineeship and has progressed onto an Apprenticeship with us. This is just another reason why we are proud of the people who work for Smart and the difference they can make to people’s lives.

Tara’s manager Kirstie commented:

“Tara has very quickly become a valued member of our team. During her Traineeship, she showed dedication and a great work ethic, which has been a relief and huge help to our already busy team. Tara is very keen to learn, and the days she wasn’t in we quickly noticed the difference in being a team member down. We are delighted that Tara has joined our team full time as an apprentice and we are looking forward to her progressing in her role and supporting the area teams.”

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Tara’s Training Advisor Debby said:

“It was a pleasure to work with Tara, she applied herself right from the start and was very keen to learn and then be able to apply her learning to her role. She was quick to pick up new skills from the rest of the team and then be left alone to get on with her role. She has added value to the business straight away and I am so pleased that she has been given the opportunity to now move onto the apprenticeship with Smart and learn more skills within the administrative role”

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Learner of the month November https://smarttar.co.uk/learner-month-november/ Fri, 23 Nov 2018 11:01:23 +0000 https://smarttar.co.uk/?p=3878 The post Learner of the month November appeared first on Smart Training and Recruitment.

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Congratulations to Samuel Gilbert

Our learner of the month for November in the North Midlands!

Sam was delighted to be our LOTM, and received a voucher from Game. Congratulations from all the team at Smart Training & Recruitment!

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Celebrating 5 years at Smart for the North/Midlands Team https://smarttar.co.uk/celebrating-5-years-smart-north-midlands-team/ Fri, 23 Nov 2018 10:52:48 +0000 https://smarttar.co.uk/?p=3873 The post Celebrating 5 years at Smart for the North/Midlands Team appeared first on Smart Training and Recruitment.

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Congratulations to Pippa, Sophie & Donna who are celebrating 5 years at Smart for the North/Midlands Team.

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