Smart Training and Recruitment https://smarttar.co.uk Thu, 11 Apr 2019 12:17:52 +0000 en-GB hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.6 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.

Becoming an Apprentice - Tara's Story

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”

Traineeships

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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!

Apprentice of the month

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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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5 years at Smart Training and Recruitment

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Learner of the Month September 2018 https://smarttar.co.uk/learner-month-september-2018/ Tue, 23 Oct 2018 15:40:03 +0000 https://smarttar.co.uk/?p=3861 The post Learner of the Month September 2018 appeared first on Smart Training and Recruitment.

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Congratulations to Sian Woods

who has been awarded the National Learner of the Month for her outstanding commitment to her Apprenticeship!

Learner of the month award

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The Alchemist launches new apprenticeship scheme with Smart Training & Recruitment https://smarttar.co.uk/alchemist-launches-new-apprenticeship-scheme-smart-training-recruitment/ Thu, 18 Oct 2018 12:55:42 +0000 https://smarttar.co.uk/?p=3844 In July 2010, premium bar and restaurant, The Alchemist opened its first venue in Spinningfields, Manchester, fast-forward eight years, the award-winning operator now has three Manchester locations. To date, The Alchemist has created hundreds of jobs for the local community and is committed now more than ever to give back to the city where it […]

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In July 2010, premium bar and restaurant, The Alchemist opened its first venue in Spinningfields, Manchester, fast-forward eight years, the award-winning operator now has three Manchester locations. To date, The Alchemist has created hundreds of jobs for the local community and is committed now more than ever to give back to the city where it all began.

People, job creation and career development are at the core of The Alchemist, and the operator has today announced its partnership with SMART training and recruitment; a dynamic training provider that aims to deliver high quality, Government funded Apprenticeship Programmes. The Alchemist has partnered with the scheme and will offer five Commis Chef positions; three of which will be based in Manchester. The programme will run for 12 – 18 months and will be delivered through a combination of on the job training as well as expert 1-to-1 training.

Simon Potts, Managing Director of The Alchemist commented “We are totally committed in our support of the city that has been pivotal in our journey as a brand. People are at our core, which is why we offer extensive training, genuine care and clear progression for everyone who works with us. We are always looking for new ways in which we can give back to our communities and our new apprenticeship scheme will be a fantastic way to support the chefs of the future. It was a no-brainer to launch the scheme in Manchester, before rolling it out across our other sites. Although we are steadily making our mark across the UK, Manchester has always been our home, and anything we can do to give back to the community that supports us so greatly, we will of course do.”

Executive chef Seamus O’ Donnell commented “Our kitchen philosophy here at The Alchemist is based on trust, honesty and reliability and we are extremely proud to be introducing our apprenticeship scheme in Manchester, Leeds and Nottingham. We have chosen to work alongside SMART training and recruitment, as it’s apparent our values are aligned and most importantly, are equally passionate in developing the people of the future. We look forward to welcoming our first apprentices into The Alchemist team.”

 

 

 

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Learner of the month July https://smarttar.co.uk/learner-month-july/ Wed, 10 Oct 2018 15:32:07 +0000 https://smarttar.co.uk/?p=3835 The post Learner of the month July appeared first on Smart Training and Recruitment.

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Huge congratulations to Patrick Keena

Who is our Learner of the month for July!

Learner of the month July

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National Learner of the Month for North Midlands https://smarttar.co.uk/national-learner-month-north-midlands/ Wed, 10 Oct 2018 14:30:04 +0000 https://smarttar.co.uk/?p=3827 The post National Learner of the Month for North Midlands appeared first on Smart Training and Recruitment.

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Huge congratulations to Lewis Flynn

who was our winner of Learner of the month for the North Midlands area

National Learner of the Month for North Midlands

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Smart Training & Recruitment celebrates 2 years of Disability Confident https://smarttar.co.uk/smart-training-recruitment-celebrates-2-years-disability-confident/ Fri, 24 Aug 2018 14:37:23 +0000 https://smarttar.co.uk/?p=3791 The post Smart Training & Recruitment celebrates 2 years of Disability Confident appeared first on Smart Training and Recruitment.

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The Government’s Disability Confident scheme helps employers make the most of the opportunities provided by employing disabled people. It is voluntary and has been developed by employers and representatives of disabled people.

The Disability Confident scheme supports employers to make the most of the talents disabled people can bring to your workplace.

Being Disability Confident means that we are:

  • challenging attitudes towards disability
  • increasing understanding of disability
  • removing barriers to disabled people and those with long-term health conditions
  • ensuring that disabled people have the opportunities to fulfil their potential and realise their aspirations

Now we are celebrating our second year of being Disability Confident,  we’ve been recognised as going the extra mile to make sure disabled people get a fair chance.

Disability Confident Employer

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National Learner of the Month – July https://smarttar.co.uk/national-learner-month-july/ Fri, 24 Aug 2018 13:39:45 +0000 https://smarttar.co.uk/?p=3784 The post National Learner of the Month – July appeared first on Smart Training and Recruitment.

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Sanaa is a great example of a dedicated, committed learner who is doing her utmost to overcome her language barrier and cultural differences at work.  She is an asset to her employer and a valued member of her team too.

Learner of the month July

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