Smart Training and Recruitment https://smarttar.co.uk Wed, 30 Oct 2019 11:35:05 +0000 en-GB hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.2 The Art of our Traineeship Programme https://smarttar.co.uk/the-art-of-our-traineeship-programme/ Fri, 10 Jan 2020 14:38:59 +0000 https://smarttar.co.uk/?p=6963 Defining Art We want to celebrate one of our Trainees for her amazing artistic talent . Bea’s fantastic artwork and also her commitment to her traineeship. We work in partnership with The British Heart Foundation to deliver Traineeship programmes to 16-18 year olds (19+ with EHCP) and we have great success in the candidates that […]

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Defining Art

We want to celebrate one of our Trainees for her amazing artistic talent . Bea’s fantastic artwork and also her commitment to her traineeship.

We work in partnership with The British Heart Foundation to deliver Traineeship programmes to 16-18 year olds (19+ with EHCP) and we have great success in the candidates that complete their traineeship programme.

British Heart Foundation has praised the learners highly and are happy with their commitment as they complete their work placement in their stores as the programme can last anything from 6 weeks to 6 months depending on the learner.

The BHF Taunton store contacted us to share some feedback from one of our Traineeship learner’s currently completing their work placement there

Bea comes into volunteer at the British Heart Foundation shop in Taunton on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturday afternoons.

She has quickly learned a lot of different roles in the shop and currently helps on the tills, steaming and tagging donations, sorting, getting creative and displaying her artistic talents by designing chalkboards and in-shop notices and keeping deliveries of new goods organised.

Bea shows me some of her paintings, which explain why she is so good at making the shop displays and the chalkboard on the High Street look fantastic.

“I got involved, well, because my older sister volunteers here, Ellie, and then I was looking on Apprenticeships websites, looking for something to do next. The traineeship came up on a government website and my Mum said I should go for it. There was one in the Furniture Store too, but I came here.”

“Me and my family talk about the placement, and obviously I volunteer with my sister so it’s nice to have family here, with me.”

Why did you want to volunteer?

“I think part of it was to become more confident around different people… I used to be really shy, and very nervous, not talking to anyone, but now I’m training people and helping the new guys.”

Has it helped you at all? i.e. built up confidence/helped you find work/supported you through a tough time etc, helped you make new friends?

“Definitely. I wouldn’t have been able to talk to you like this, before. I would have completely freaked out! I have definitely come out of my shell a bit. I am looking for something like this, as I finish the SMART placement in January.”

The British Heart foundation talk to Bea and encourage her to keep her eye out for paid positions with them of which a third of the new starters each month were originally volunteers.

“It’s gotten easier to talk to people when you first meet them, customers and volunteers. It’s helped with that social side of things.”

Would you encourage others to get involved? And if so, why?

“Yeah! I just think it’s helped my confidence so much. I’ve enjoyed it more than when I was in higher education, as I get on better with people who are older than me, and there are some really good people here in the shop who I like talking to and learning from… I’ve just enjoyed it!”


I’ve enjoyed it more than when I was in higher education

Congratulations to Bea on some fantastic artwork and also for her commitment to her placement at the British Heart Foundation – Taunton.

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The national minimum apprentice wage is increasing! https://smarttar.co.uk/national-minimum-apprentice-wage/ Fri, 10 Jan 2020 11:07:11 +0000 https://smarttar.co.uk/?p=6954 Minimum apprentice wage updates 2020 What is the current national minimum wage and what date will it increase? The rise is more than four times the rate of inflation and takes hourly pay for people over 25 to £8.72 from April. Prime Minister Boris Johnson said: “For too long, people haven’t seen the pay rises […]

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Minimum apprentice wage updates 2020

What is the current national minimum wage and what date will it increase?
The rise is more than four times the rate of inflation and takes hourly pay for people over 25 to £8.72 from April.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson said: “For too long, people haven’t seen the pay rises they deserve.”

But businesses warned that a sharp increase in wages would put pressure on companies and urged the government to reduce costs elsewhere for firms.

The national living wage is the government-mandated minimum wage for over 25-year-olds. The minimum wage for under-25s will also rise.

From April 2020, the new rates are:

The National Living Wage for ages 25 and above – up 6.2% to £8.72
The National Minimum Wage for 21 to 24-year-olds – up 6.5% to £8.20
For 18 to 20-year-olds – up 4.9% to £6.45
For under-18s – up 4.6% to £4.55
For apprentices – up 6.4% to £4.15

Information is taken from https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-50947097

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Our first winner! https://smarttar.co.uk/our-first-winner/ Thu, 12 Dec 2019 19:02:40 +0000 https://smarttar.co.uk/?p=6878 Congratulations to Vera Martins who is our first winner of the Christmas Hamper competition. We have 3 more to give away so don’t forget to enter by clicking on the below link. The winners will be chosen on 6th, 13th, 18th and 19th of December 2019. Winners will be contacted directly to arrange the prize […]

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Congratulations to Vera Martins who is our first winner of the Christmas Hamper competition. We have 3 more to give away so don’t forget to enter by clicking on the below link.

The winners will be chosen on 6th, 13th, 18th and 19th of December 2019. Winners will be contacted directly to arrange the prize delivery.

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GDPR Featured Member https://smarttar.co.uk/gdpr-featured-member/ Thu, 12 Dec 2019 18:46:55 +0000 https://smarttar.co.uk/?p=6875 We are excited to say that we are the GDPR Association’s featured member in their newsletter for December 2019. The GDPR Association fits our objectives, we are looking forward to being able to share good practice and keep up to date with standardisation of information connected with GDPR protocol. To find out more about GDPR […]

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We are excited to say that we are the GDPR Association’s featured member in their newsletter for December 2019.

The GDPR Association fits our objectives, we are looking forward to being able to share good practice and keep up to date with standardisation of information connected with GDPR protocol.

To find out more about GDPR Association, visit their website on
https://www.thegdprassociation.com/

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All Hands together! https://smarttar.co.uk/all-hands-together/ Thu, 12 Dec 2019 18:37:57 +0000 https://smarttar.co.uk/?p=6866 As a nation, we don’t expect anyone to be left hungry or destitute. Illness, disability, family breakdown or the loss of a job can happen to any of us. Our network of food banks provides the best possible emergency food to people locked into poverty. Our employees here at Smart have donated to the local […]

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As a nation, we don’t expect anyone to be left hungry or destitute. Illness, disability, family breakdown or the loss of a job can happen to any of us. Our network of food banks provides the best possible emergency food to people locked into poverty.

Our employees here at Smart have donated to the local Food Bank in the West Midlands to help people in need this year.

The volunteers work so hard and it’s truly humbling to see how people work together to help.


To get involved you can visit your local food bank.

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GDPR Association https://smarttar.co.uk/gdpr-association/ Wed, 06 Nov 2019 14:10:45 +0000 https://smarttar.co.uk/?p=6743 We are happy to announce we have recently become a member of the GDPR Association. The GDPR Association exists to help improve, extend and rationalise standards of businesses carrying out GDPR compliance and to improve and protect the status and position of such firms and corporations. To become a member or to find out more […]

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We are happy to announce we have recently become a member of the GDPR Association.

The GDPR Association exists to help improve, extend and rationalise standards of businesses carrying out GDPR compliance and to improve and protect the status and position of such firms and corporations.

To become a member or to find out more about the benefits of being a member you can visit

https://www.thegdprassociation.com/membership-benefits

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) (EU) 2016/679 is a regulation in EU law on data protection and privacy for all individuals within the European Union (EU) and the European Economic Area (EEA).

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Your Future Careers, Education & Job Fair https://smarttar.co.uk/your-future-careers-education-job-fair/ Wed, 30 Oct 2019 11:30:25 +0000 https://smarttar.co.uk/?p=6728 We are excited to discuss what we can offer to people visiting the fair. We have some quizzes for people to do to see what type of characteristics they have and what career could be right for them. We also have a guess how many sweets game available. Come along and have a chat with […]

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We are excited to discuss what we can offer to people visiting the fair. We have some quizzes for people to do to see what type of characteristics they have and what career could be right for them. We also have a guess how many sweets game available. Come along and have a chat with our friendly team who can help and provide information, advice and guidance for your future!

For more information visit https://www.iwcollege.ac.uk/yourfuture/

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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, 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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