Smart Training and Recruitment https://smarttar.co.uk Wed, 15 Jul 2020 14:35:27 +0000 en-GB hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.2 Choose a Charity Winner https://smarttar.co.uk/choose-a-charity-winner/ Tue, 22 Dec 2020 12:10:18 +0000 https://smarttar.co.uk/?p=8470 Congratulations to Bliss Charity who have been chosen at random to receive a total of £300 donation from us. We asked the public to nominate their chosen charity and we used a random wheel selector to chose the charity. Bliss Charity offers support to families and works to make sure that every baby born premature […]

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Congratulations to Bliss Charity who have been chosen at random to receive a total of £300 donation from us. We asked the public to nominate their chosen charity and we used a random wheel selector to chose the charity.

Bliss Charity offers support to families and works to make sure that every baby born premature or sick in the UK has the best chance of survival and quality of life

Reason for nomination
“This time last year, my wife and I were in the hospital with our first-born son; he had to spend the first 3 months of his life in NICU (intensive care) because he was born so premature. I saw first hand how important the support of charities like Bliss are for families who find themselves in this situation, they really are essential for the neonatal ward of the NHS”

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Is an Apprenticeship right for me? https://smarttar.co.uk/is-an-apprenticeship-right-for-me/ Thu, 10 Dec 2020 12:43:49 +0000 https://smarttar.co.uk/?p=8385 Have you ever asked yourself “Is an Apprenticeship right for me? We know that deciding what path to take after school can be daunting and with so much information to digest it can feel like a maze. When leaving school, teachers may only give you certain options such as either getting a job or continuing […]

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Have you ever asked yourself “Is an Apprenticeship right for me?

We know that deciding what path to take after school can be daunting and with so much information to digest it can feel like a maze. When leaving school, teachers may only give you certain options such as either getting a job or continuing study to work towards university. But many young people don’t believe university is the path they want to go down. If you know what career you want to go in, and you might even know which job you want to pursue, going into an apprenticeship could be the perfect way to gain experience and earn a wage while you are learning.

Why should you do one?

Apprenticeships can be a great way to gain experience on the job while also getting paid a good wage. By being in the workplace, you will benefit from having an expert in the field teaching you first-hand the procedures of that job. Available to anyone aged 16 and above, apprenticeships can last anywhere from 1-3 years depending on the level and qualifications being studied.

Some people may think that you don’t get to do any proper work and that apprentices are just there to make the tea. That is not true. In an apprenticeship, you will be given real work to do and you will be making a difference to the business you work in. You will also be able to use your experience to showcase your talents for future opportunities.

Employers that have apprentices in their team say that they are 15% more employable than those with other qualifications. This proves that employers want to employ people who either want an apprenticeship or have been through an apprenticeship because they know they will have valuable skills they can bring to the company.

Unlike doing a degree, an apprenticeship won’t cost you. You will be in no debt; you won’t have to pay any fees and you will be paid a wage for the skills you learn and the work you do.

We hope we have given you some more information so the right time you ask yourself

Is an Apprenticeship right for me? you will be able to answer.

Text is taken from FE News article

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End Point Assessment https://smarttar.co.uk/end-point-assessment/ Fri, 20 Nov 2020 09:47:01 +0000 https://smarttar.co.uk/?p=8289 End point assessment (EPA) is an assessment of the knowledge, skills and behaviours that your apprentice has learned throughout an apprenticeship, which confirms that they are occupationally competent. Assessments have been designed by employers in the sector and are conducted by independent bodies known as end-point assessment organisations (EPAOs). The apprentice will only get their […]

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End point assessment (EPA) is an assessment of the knowledge, skills and behaviours that your apprentice has learned throughout an apprenticeship, which confirms that they are occupationally competent.

Assessments have been designed by employers in the sector and are conducted by independent bodies known as end-point assessment organisations (EPAOs).

The apprentice will only get their apprenticeship certificate after they have passed all the elements of their EPA, including any required standards in English and maths

Functional Skills

Before an Apprentice can progress to the End-Point Assessment stage, they must have achieved the relevant Functional Skills qualifications in English, maths and ICT, or achieved equivalent qualifications.

Gateway

When the apprentice has completed their formative training, there will be a short period of time where the Employer, Training Provider and apprentice will assess the apprentice’s progress. The Employer will then determine whether or not the Apprentice is ready to take on the End-Point Assessment.

Generally, the Gateway stage is where all aspects of the apprenticeship must be completed. These could include:

  • Any on-programme qualifications, including Functional Skills
  • Any finalised projects, such as portfolios or projects
  • Any other requirements outlined in the Apprenticeship Standard

For some apprenticeships, there will need to be a meeting between parties involved in the apprenticeship to determine how and when the assessment process will unfold.

What does the assessment involve?

Each apprenticeship includes an end-point assessment plan, which describes how the apprentice should be tested against appropriate criteria, using suitable methods. For example, your apprentice may need to complete:

  • a practical assessment
  • an interview
  • a project
  • written and/or multiple-choice tests
  • a presentation

It is worth getting in touch with your EPAO early on in the apprenticeship to check what the assessment involves.

This will give your apprentice plenty of time to prepare. For example, they may need to gather evidence to show how they’ve been working towards the core knowledge, skills and behaviours required.

Certification

When your apprentice successfully completes their apprenticeship and passes their EPA, they’ll be awarded a certificate.

For some apprenticeships, passing the EPA and completing the apprenticeship will also lead to professional recognition by an authorised body. This is outlined in the apprenticeship details on the qualification fact sheet. You can view all the qualification fact sheets by visiting the Employer Apprenticeship section.

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Managing Remote Teams https://smarttar.co.uk/managing-remote-teams/ Tue, 20 Oct 2020 08:32:56 +0000 https://smarttar.co.uk/?p=8203 We have embedded a new module into our CMI Team Leader Supervisor Level 3 and CMI Operation/Departmental Manager Level 5 to help to provide leaders with the skills to manage a remote team. Things we cover in the module; Pro’s and con’s of remote working Tips on how to run a team remotely Development target […]

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We have embedded a new module into our CMI Team Leader Supervisor Level 3 and CMI Operation/Departmental Manager Level 5 to help to provide leaders with the skills to manage a remote team.

Things we cover in the module;

  • Pro’s and con’s of remote working
  • Tips on how to run a team remotely
  • Development target for your personal development plan
  • Online Meetings
  • Qualities of a Manager

Get in touch with our team today to find out more

Info@Smarttar.co.uk | 0330 088 0888

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Two New Qualifications https://smarttar.co.uk/two-new-qualifications/ Thu, 10 Sep 2020 19:56:39 +0000 https://smarttar.co.uk/?p=7964 We are happy to announce that we have added two brand new Apprenticeships, Digital Marketer Level 3 and Coaching Professional Level 5 to our portfolio. Hopefully, this is an area of the business which is earmarked for development following the impact of Covid-19 and businesses finding new ways of working in a changing marketplace and […]

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We are happy to announce that we have added two brand new Apprenticeships, Digital Marketer Level 3 and Coaching Professional Level 5 to our portfolio.

Hopefully, this is an area of the business which is earmarked for development following the impact of Covid-19 and businesses finding new ways of working in a changing marketplace and motivating teams to succeed.

Digital Marketer Level 3

The primary role of a digital marketer is to define, design, build and implement digital campaigns across a variety of online and social media platforms to drive customer acquisition, customer engagement and customer retention. A digital marketer will typically be working as part of a team, in which they will have responsibility for some of the straightforward elements of the overall marketing plan or campaign. The marketer will work to marketing briefs and instructions. They will normally report to a digital marketing manager, a marketing manager or an IT Manager.

This programme is ideal for the below job roles;
Digital Marketing Assistant, Digital Marketing Executive, Digital Marketing Co-ordinator, Campaign Executive, Social Media Executive, Content Co-ordinator, Email Marketing Assistant, SEO Executive, Analytics Executive, Digital Marketing Technologist.

Coaching Professional Level 5

Coaching is a way of treating people, a way of thinking and a way of being which is seen as vital to supporting individuals and organisations in increasingly volatile and ever-changing environments. The underlying and ever-present purpose of coaching is building the self-belief of others, regardless of the context, to be curious and self-aware, better equipping them to collaborate, innovate, deal with the increasing pace of change and get the best from increasingly diverse environments. Effective coaching is future focussed, releases potential, and enables transition, transformation and change for business improvement. Understanding self, commitment to self-development, managing the contract, building the relationship, enabling insight and learning, outcome and action orientation, use of models and techniques and evaluation are key overarching areas which feature within this occupational area (and across all the knowledge, behaviours, skills identified below).

This qualification would be beneficial for the below job titles

Business Coach, Career Coach, Coach, Coaching Practitioner, Coaching Professional, Leadership Coach, Performance Coach, Systemic Coach, Team Coach, Wellbeing Coach

If you would like to find out more about the mentioned qualifications, contact us today on 0330 088 0888 or via email info@smarttar.co.uk!

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Apprenticeships: Benefits for Employers https://smarttar.co.uk/apprenticeships-benefits-for-employers/ Thu, 20 Aug 2020 19:55:42 +0000 https://smarttar.co.uk/?p=7856 There are many great benefits to employers in taking on an Apprentice Save on the costs of recruitment Recruiting new staff is costly and can come with risks. Up-skilling existing staff is a great way to ensure your organisation has the capable personnel you need, without resorting unduly to new hires.  Improve your service In […]

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There are many great benefits to employers in taking on an Apprentice

Save on the costs of recruitment

Recruiting new staff is costly and can come with risks. Up-skilling existing staff is a great way to ensure your organisation has the capable personnel you need, without resorting unduly to new hires. 

Improve your service

In a survey commissioned by the government in 2017, 86% of employers reported benefiting from ‘the development of skills relevant to the organisation’ by hiring apprentices.

A further three-quarters highlighted ‘improved productivity, better quality of product or service, and higher staff morale.’

Support employees to develop skills and knowledge that are directly relevant to their jobs

The syllabi for all degree apprenticeships have been designed in partnership with industry in order to plug existing skills gaps, meaning your employee will be learning what they need for success in their chosen field.

The range of degree apprenticeship courses offered, both at UWL and nationwide, is set to continue expanding, so get in touch with us if you can’t see your preferred pathway on these pages.

Motivate your employees 

One of the most significant benefits of apprenticeships, for employers and staff alike, is that they help organisations keep their employees motivated and committed for the long-term, by helping them develop their skills over several years.

Your apprentice(s) will be working in the knowledge that at the end of this period they will have a qualification that is tremendously valuable, to them individually and to you as an employer.

Develop high calibre staff 

Well-trained, highly skilled staff add value to all organisations, both directly and through their ability to coach, mentor and train other team members.

Build the team you need to meet your business objectives.

Secure the best new talent

Offering a degree apprenticeship provides a fantastic incentive to potential job applicants, enabling you to choose from the brightest and most dedicated jobseekers.

If you partner with us, we’ll list your opening on our Apprenticeship Vacancies page, helping you to attract high-calibre applicants.

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New Employer Incentive https://smarttar.co.uk/new-employer-incentive/ Fri, 10 Jul 2020 11:56:03 +0000 https://smarttar.co.uk/?p=7644 A new employer incentive has been announced. Chancellor Rishi Sunak has announced a “brand new bonus” for employers to hire apprentices over the next six months. Announcing the new employer incentive during his summer statement, Sunak told the House of Commons: “We know apprenticeships work. Ninety-one per cent stay in work or go on to […]

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A new employer incentive has been announced. Chancellor Rishi Sunak has announced a “brand new bonus” for employers to hire apprentices over the next six months.

Announcing the new employer incentive during his summer statement, Sunak told the House of Commons: “We know apprenticeships work. Ninety-one per cent stay in work or go on to further training.

“For the next six months, we are going to pay employers to create new apprenticeships.

“We will pay businesses to hire young apprentices with a new payment of £2,000 per apprentice. And we will introduce a brand new bonus for businesses to hire apprentices aged 25 and over with a payment of £1,500.”

The Treasury has since published a “plan for jobs” document, which states these payments will be in addition to the existing £1,000 incentive the government already provides for new 16 to 18 year-old apprentices and those aged under 25 with an education, health and care plan where that applies.

It means that employers could receive up to £3,000 for hiring 16 to 18-year-old apprentices from August to January.

Sunak used his speech today to confirm plans for a £2 billion “kickstart” scheme, which will pay the wages of hundreds of thousands of people aged 16 to 24 who are claiming universal credit to take six-month work placements.

He also announced a £111 million investment to triple the scale of “proven” traineeships in 2020-21, an extra £32 million for the National Careers Service to provide tailored jobs advice to a quarter of a million more young people, and £17 million of funding from the adult education budget to almost triple the number of “sector-based work academy placements” next year.


“We will pay businesses to hire young apprentices with a new payment of £2,000 per apprentice. And we will introduce a brand new bonus for businesses to hire apprentices aged 25 and over with a payment of £1,500”

Lastly, Sunak announced plans for a job retention bonus, meaning employers who bring back workers from furlough and continuously employ them until January on at least £520-a-month would receive £1,000 for each employee kept on.

Association of Employment and Learning Providers chief executive Mark Dawe said the chancellor “clearly understands that apprenticeships work and give real jobs to young people with high quality training”.

This information has been taken from FE News and you can read the full article by visiting their website.

To find out more about how this new incentive can work for your business contact us today on 0330 088 0888 or email us at Info@smarttar.co.uk

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Approved Member: AOHT https://smarttar.co.uk/approved-member-aoht/ Wed, 01 Jul 2020 10:48:09 +0000 https://smarttar.co.uk/?p=7616 We are proud to announce we are an approved Training Provider for the Association for Healthcare Trainers The Association of Healthcare Trainers is one of the UK’s largest non-profit membership associations for those training within the healthcare sector, dedicated to making a significant difference to the way healthcare sector training is delivered You can view […]

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We are proud to announce we are an approved Training Provider for the Association for Healthcare Trainers

The Association of Healthcare Trainers is one of the UK’s largest non-profit membership associations for those training within the healthcare sector, dedicated to making a significant difference to the way healthcare sector training is delivered

You can view our approved listing by clicking here

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Classic employer misconceptions about Apprenticeships https://smarttar.co.uk/classic-employer-misconceptions-about-apprenticeships/ Tue, 23 Jun 2020 09:57:33 +0000 https://smarttar.co.uk/?p=7567 Apprenticeships are often misunderstood by employers. We have decided to include some top misconceptions below. Apprenticeships are only for trade occupations What do you think of if someone says the word ‘apprentice’ Many think of – Plumber, joiner, electrician, builder, plasterer, a car mechanic. Basically, the classic traditional manual trades! Indeed, the older understanding of […]

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Apprenticeships are often misunderstood by employers. We have decided to include some top misconceptions below.

Apprenticeships are only for trade occupations

What do you think of if someone says the word ‘apprentice’

Many think of – Plumber, joiner, electrician, builder, plasterer, a car mechanic. Basically, the classic traditional manual trades! Indeed, the older understanding of the word ‘apprentice’ was essentially someone ‘learning a trade’. This is understandable when you think these were the staple Apprenticeships that much of this country’s industries were built on throughout the 20th century. But things have changed.

Today, Apprenticeships are available in many professional and skilled areas, such as Information Technology, Business Improvement Techniques, Customer Service, Catering, Hospitality, Food Manufacturing, Team Leading, Management and Retail. Many employers are surprised to learn of this and subsequently start to consider just how effective training an apprentice could be in helping their business develop!

They can only be used to recruit apprentices into a business

Apprenticeships can be used by employers to upskill their existing staff too, not just to train new recruits. This can be a huge benefit to any business, as better-trained and more skilled staff can only contribute to better business performance. If you also factor in the overall general boost in loyalty, enthusiasm and productivity that better-trained employees tend to demonstrate, then it’s hard not to see only positives.

We do offer a FREE Apprentice recruitment service for employers looking to recruit into their business. To find out more visit our recruitment page.

The apprentice will have to take days off to study

Some employers assume that apprentices will be constantly removed from the day-to-day business operations for course training, or must attend training off-site on a day release basis – This is not the case

Here at Smart Training and Recruitment, we deliver training directly on employer premises at times to suit the company, ensuring as little disruption to the working day as possible. During the current situation, all of our sessions are completed electronically through software that suits each learner need. Employers, of course, need to train a new apprentice in their job role and provide them with a mentor, as they would with any new staff member. 20% of an apprentice’s time in work needs to be spent in ‘off-the-job training’ however, much of this training will ‘occur naturally’ as the apprentice learns their role, shadows other members of staff and learns from their mentor. Off-the-job training also doesn’t need to be for one full day per week; it can be for a proportion of every day, one week in every five, or delivered in a block at the beginning, middle or end of the Apprenticeship.

Apprenticeships are expensive to a business

Yes, employers are responsible for paying apprentice wages, but depending on company size, Apprenticeship training may be free or be supported by an incredible Government subsidy of 95%!  Not to mention that any business employing a 16 to 18 year old apprentice can also receive a £1,000 incentive payment.

Also if you employ an apprentice under the age of 25, you may no longer have to pay employer Class 1 National Insurance contributions on their earnings up to the new Apprentice Upper Secondary Threshold. Visit the GOV website for more information by clicking here.

Apprentices can really help to address any skills gaps within a business and are a productive and effective way to grow talent and develop a motivated, skilled and qualified workforce.

Employers who have an established Apprenticeship programme also report a 76% improvement in workplace productivity.

Is it time to offer Apprenticeships to your workforce? Get in touch with our team today to find out more. We deliver over 40 accredited & recognised qualifications

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NEW PROGRAMME! Healthcare Cleaning Operative Level 2 https://smarttar.co.uk/healthcare-cleaning-operative-level-2/ Tue, 23 Jun 2020 09:29:20 +0000 https://smarttar.co.uk/?p=7561 We are excited to announce we have added a new programme to our delivery portfolio! Healthcare Cleaning Operative Apprenticeship Skills Programme  This Apprenticeship Standard has been developed by 3EEE, Wamitab, Fidelis, Sodexo, Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust, Bristol NHS Trust, Excel Care Holdings, Royal College of Nursing, Serco, Nuffield Health, Vision Homes, […]

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We are excited to announce we have added a new programme to our delivery portfolio! Healthcare Cleaning Operative Apprenticeship Skills Programme 

This Apprenticeship Standard has been developed by 3EEE, Wamitab, Fidelis, Sodexo, Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust, Bristol NHS Trust, Excel Care Holdings, Royal College of Nursing, Serco, Nuffield Health, Vision Homes, NHS Property, University of Northampton, Connect 2 care, HEE and Killis to provide a high-quality structure to the programme.

We offer full remote delivery through Skype, Microsoft Teams, Whatsapp or Google Hangouts to accommodate learner needs.

Qualification Highlights

  • Routine cleaning (National standards healthcare cleanliness)
  • Use of PPE in line with NHS Cleaning Specification
  • Specialist Cleaning
  • Organisational skills
  • Deep Cleaning
  • Use of bio-chemicals
  • Safe storage
  • Rapid Response cleaning
  • Infection control and cross-contamination
  • End of life environments
  • Managing risk
  • Pest Infection

Providing development opportunities to your workforce can help to keep them focused, motivated and positive about the future.

Get in touch with our team today or download our fact sheet here

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