Smart Training and Recruitment https://smarttar.co.uk Wed, 04 Mar 2020 09:43:25 +0000 en-GB hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.2 COVID-19 – FAQ’s for Employers https://smarttar.co.uk/covid-19-faqs-for-employers/ Fri, 27 Mar 2020 13:49:41 +0000 https://smarttar.co.uk/?p=7345 All of our employees have been furloughed, does this mean our apprentices cannot do work towards their qualification? We will continue to deliver remote teaching and learning sessions with apprentice’s where possible without affecting official ‘furlough’ guidelines, we are delivering off-job training during this period, which does not constitute work. How is the lockdown etc […]

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All of our employees have been furloughed, does this mean our apprentices cannot do work towards their qualification?

We will continue to deliver remote teaching and learning sessions with apprentice’s where possible without affecting official ‘furlough’ guidelines, we are delivering off-job training during this period, which does not constitute work.

How is the lockdown etc affecting your day to day operations i.e. tutor visits?

As of Monday 16th March, we moved to a remote/digital teaching and learning platform where this was preferred by our employers and learners (pre-lockdown cautious period)

From Monday 23rd March this is a blanket, across the board approach to all tutors/apprentices/employers. We have seen evidenced teaching and learning continue uninterrupted in the main and have been pleasantly surprised at how successful this has been.

Are the apprentices still going to be able to continue but using online resources where required?

Yes, we envisage and promote little to no interruption but of course we understand that every learner is different, and we are promoting flexibility the best that we can under the circumstances.

Have you sent any communication to the apprentices around the current situation?

Yes, weekly updates to apprentices and employers. If you are one of our clients please check your junk folder if you have not received.

What is the strategy re learners approaching EPA?

We are already working with employers, apprentices and EPAO’s to feasibly make a remote testing option viable. Where this is not possible we will organise new planned assessment dates with priority.

Are you still able and have the capacity to still receive referrals/starts?

We have ensured our on-boarding process can proceed remotely by making tailored adjustments, we will strive to service referrals as normal.

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Looking after your mental health https://smarttar.co.uk/looking-after-your-mental-health/ Fri, 27 Mar 2020 13:08:28 +0000 https://smarttar.co.uk/?p=7341 Our working lives have been changing for a while now – but the emergence of Coronavirus (COVID-19) has led to a massive change, more uncertainty, and new challenges for many of us. We found some really useful advice from MentalHealth.Org https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/publications/looking-after-your-mental-health-during-coronavirus-outbreak/while-working

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Our working lives have been changing for a while now – but the emergence of Coronavirus (COVID-19) has led to a massive change, more uncertainty, and new challenges for many of us.

We found some really useful advice from MentalHealth.Org

https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/publications/looking-after-your-mental-health-during-coronavirus-outbreak/while-working

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What’s the ROI of apprenticeships? https://smarttar.co.uk/whats-the-roi-of-apprenticeships/ Mon, 16 Mar 2020 13:42:00 +0000 https://smarttar.co.uk/?p=7302 Apprentices learn on the job, so they’re performing their role from the moment they start. And if you pay the apprenticeship levy, training is already paid for. It’s a no brainer. But other than filling your skills gap, what other returns do apprenticeships bring? Improved productivity Apprentices bring new energy, ideas and enthusiasm to the workplace, which has […]

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Apprentices learn on the job, so they’re performing their role from the moment they start. And if you pay the apprenticeship levy, training is already paid for. It’s a no brainer. But other than filling your skills gap, what other returns do apprenticeships bring?

Improved productivity

Apprentices bring new energy, ideas and enthusiasm to the workplace, which has a knock-on effect on other employees. This boosts performance and increases productivity across the business.

Improved practice

With apprentices, you can train them your way – your processes, company culture and ways of working. You have talent on the job from day one, so you can mould them into skilled employees who follow your best practice.


Increased profile in the local area

Offering apprenticeships is a great way to improve your company image and raise your profile in the local area. As many employers rely on their local talent pool, this is a great way to improve recruitment too.

Increased retention

Apprentices are loyal employees. They’ve learned how your business works and have seen the time you’ve taken to train them and invest in their future. This means they’re more likely to stay with your business for longer. In fact, 80% of companies who invest in apprenticeships reported a significant increase in employee retention.

Increased high-level skills development

Apprenticeships aren’t just for entry-level recruits. There are hundreds of higher-level apprenticeships available to develop high-level skills in your business.


If you would like to arrange a no-obligation free consultation with one of our account managers please call 0330 088 0888 or email info@smarttar.co.uk

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Coronavirus (COVID-19) https://smarttar.co.uk/coronavirus-covid-19/ Mon, 09 Mar 2020 20:10:33 +0000 https://smarttar.co.uk/?p=7249 I’m sure like you all, we are keeping a close eye on the Covid-19 virus and its impact across the UK. Medical advice remains the same, wash your hands thoroughly and throughout the day, avoid putting your hands near your mouth, nose and eyes and if you need to sneeze or cough use a disposable […]

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I’m sure like you all, we are keeping a close eye on the Covid-19 virus and its impact across the UK. Medical advice remains the same, wash your hands thoroughly and throughout the day, avoid putting your hands near your mouth, nose and eyes and if you need to sneeze or cough use a disposable tissue and put it in a bin.

Advice for individuals who feel they have these symptoms is to self-isolate and contact NHS 111.

Do

  • wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds
  • always wash your hands when you get home or into work
  • use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
  • cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze
  • put used tissues in the bin straight away and wash your hands afterwards
  • try to avoid close contact with people who are unwell

Do not

touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean

For more information, you can visit the NHS website here

What’s the risk of coronavirus in the UK?

The UK Chief Medical Officers have raised the risk to the public from low to moderate.

Health professionals are working to contact anyone who has been in close contact with people who have coronavirus.

How coronavirus is spread

Because it’s a new illness, we do not know exactly how coronavirus spreads from person to person.

Similar viruses are spread in cough droplets.

It’s very unlikely it can be spread through things like packages or food.

How to self-isolate if you’re asked to

If there’s a chance you could have coronavirus, you may be asked to stay away from other people (self-isolate).

This means you should:

  • stay at home
  • not go to work, school or public places
  • not use public transport or taxis
  • ask friends, family members or delivery services to do errands for you
  • try to avoid visitors to your home – it’s OK for friends, family or delivery drivers to drop off food

You may need to do this for up to 14 days to help reduce the possible spread of infection.

If you are an employer or learner and wish to reschedule an appointment with us or arrange a remote meeting through Microsoft Teams, please contact your Training Advisor or our office on 0330 088 0888 or contact us here.

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Why should employers embrace Traineeships? https://smarttar.co.uk/why-should-employers-embrace-traineeships/ Wed, 04 Mar 2020 09:33:45 +0000 https://smarttar.co.uk/?p=7204 Traineeships are the Government’s flagship programme which provide young people with the skills and experience that employers are looking for. They have been developed in response to research showing that young people frequently lack the knowledge and experience employers expect in the workplace. Our traineeship programme is a flexible training programme with work experience that […]

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Traineeships are the Government’s flagship programme which provide young people with the skills and experience that employers are looking for.

They have been developed in response to research showing that young people frequently lack the knowledge and experience employers expect in the workplace.

Our traineeship programme is a flexible training programme with work experience that unlocks the great potential of young people, aged 16 to 18, and prepares them for their future careers by helping them to become ‘work ready’.

You can make an impact by providing a high-quality work experience placement and we will provide work preparation training and English and maths if needed. This gives young people the skills and experience that employers are looking for, helping them secure an apprenticeship or job in the future.

How can traineeship programmes benefit employers?

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Traineeships are flexible. We can help you to tailor the Traineeships that meet the needs of your business.

You decide how the programme is delivered to maximise the efficiency, productivity and find the right people with the right values and behaviours to work in your organisation.

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Our traineeships provide you with the freedom to shape the skills and experience of young people from your local community, allowing you to nurture the next generation, helping your business to increase its capacity, and productivity, develop a loyal, talented workforce and contribute to tackling youth unemployment.

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Your current employees will have the opportunity to build their own mentoring and coaching skills while supporting the trainee.

Also by providing trainees with at least 100 hours of work experience, you can bring significant capacity into your business.

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Training costs will be met by government funding. We will advertise the position and also collate and shortlist applicants for you, for FREE.

By working closely together we can design a programme to help build a pool of high-quality future recruits should you wish to offer them an apprenticeship but again this is not mandatory.

To find out more you can visit our Traineeship page by clicking here or contact our Smart team on 0330 088 0888 or email via our contact us page.

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Podcast https://smarttar.co.uk/podcast/ Wed, 04 Mar 2020 08:53:41 +0000 https://smarttar.co.uk/?p=7200 One of our learners at Anglian Home Improvements did a Podcast with her Training Advisor Gill Blake to discuss Apprenticeships. If you would like to listen to this click on the button below.

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One of our learners at Anglian Home Improvements did a Podcast with her Training Advisor Gill Blake to discuss Apprenticeships. If you would like to listen to this click on the button below.


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Myth busting: Apprenticeships https://smarttar.co.uk/myth-busting-apprenticeships/ Tue, 03 Mar 2020 15:00:28 +0000 https://smarttar.co.uk/?p=7195 Apprenticeships are a great way to learn practical skills, earn a wage and gain a recognised qualification that can help you go further in your career. But despite their growing popularity, there are still many myths about apprenticeships that people believe to be true. “Apprenticeships are only available for young people” Yes, apprenticeships are a […]

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Apprenticeships are a great way to learn practical skills, earn a wage and gain a recognised qualification that can help you go further in your career. But despite their growing popularity, there are still many myths about apprenticeships that people believe to be true.


“Apprenticeships are only available for young people”

Yes, apprenticeships are a great way for a young person to start their career but apprenticeship programmes can also be used to upskill existing employees.

“Doing an apprenticeship means spending a lot of time at college”

All of our apprenticeship programmes are delivered in the workplace so there is no need to visit a college each week.

“Apprenticeships are low-level qualifications that do not amount to much”

Many of our learners who achieve an apprenticeship with us progress onto a higher-level programme and many learn the skills required to allow them to progress into higher-paid positions.

“Apprenticeships aren’t available or are unsuitable for the skills of my business?”

New standards have been designed by employer groups to specifically meet the needs of the industry. The standards include not only job skills but also the required behaviours and include a final test called an ‘end point assessment’.

“Apprenticeships are only for trades and administrative roles?”

We offer a range of apprenticeships from introductory up to level 5. They’re not just for trades and administrative roles as they range from manual tasks to managerial skills.

“I cannot afford to hire an apprentice”

With our FREE apprentice recruitment service, we offer to screen and shortlist applicants for your apprentice position. We advertise the role on various sites and we do all of this for FREE. You need to pay the successful applicant at least the apprentice national minimum wage which can be found by visiting the Gov UK website here. If you are a non-levy paying employer ( you have an annual pay bill of under £3 million) the government offer funding of 95%. This means you only have to pay a 5% contribution.

“I can only use my levy funds for new employees who we have hired as an apprentice”

You can use your funds to pay for apprenticeship training and development for both newly recruited apprentices and also existing staff as part of your upskilling programme. The funds in your account can be used to pay for apprenticeship training and assessment for apprentices that work at least 50% of the time in England and only up to the funding band maximum for that apprenticeship. Unfortunately, you can’t use funds in your account to pay for other costs associated with your apprentices (such as wages, statutory licences to practise, travel and subsidiary costs, work placement programmes or the setting up of an apprenticeship programme).

Many of the employers we work with use apprenticeship programmes to expand their internal skills programme. Allowing their workforce to train and learn new skills, knowledge and behaviours to help them to progress within their career. We help employers to identify their future potential which allows us to make sure they get the best return on their investment.


We help employers to identify their future potential which allows us to make sure they get the best return on their investment.

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The effect of BREXIT on Apprenticeships https://smarttar.co.uk/the-effect-of-brexit-on-apprenticeships/ Thu, 27 Feb 2020 10:49:46 +0000 https://smarttar.co.uk/?p=7173 Brexit news: How will apprenticeship delivery be affected after the UK has now left the EU? BREXIT news: The UK left the EU on 31 January 2020. Check the latest Transition Period information. There will be no change to eligibility for apprenticeship funding in academic years 2019 to 2020 and 2020 to 2021 for citizens from […]

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Brexit news: How will apprenticeship delivery be affected after the UK has now left the EU?

BREXIT news: The UK left the EU on 31 January 2020. Check the latest Transition Period information.

There will be no change to eligibility for apprenticeship funding in academic years 2019 to 2020 and 2020 to 2021 for citizens from the EU, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland. They will need to ensure they have the right to live and work in the UK after 31.12.2020.

Employers should ensure that their employees, including apprentices, who are from the EU, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland and living in the UK are aware that they and their family members will need to apply for settled or pre-settled status through the EU Settlement Scheme in order to secure their rights. Many of your employees will have already applied to the EU Settlement Scheme, or be in the process of doing so. But if they have not, they still have until 30 June 2021 to do so.

Irish citizens’ right to live in the UK has not changed. This means they do not need to apply for the EU Settlement Scheme, but they can if they want to. Any family members who are not Irish or British citizens will need to do so.

Detailed eligibility requirements are set out in the apprenticeship funding rules.

You’ll need to continue to check a job applicants’ right to work. This will not change.

UK nationals returning from living or studying in the EU, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland will continue to be eligible to apply for an apprenticeship in England for a 7-year period. The 7-year period will begin on 1 January 2021.

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Choosing a Training Provider https://smarttar.co.uk/choosing-a-training-provider/ Wed, 19 Feb 2020 09:59:02 +0000 https://smarttar.co.uk/?p=7134 Things to consider when choosing a Training Provider With Employers now investing in their employee’s Training they should do research before choosing a Training Provider. Here are some things to consider prior to making a decision. Their achievement rate It’s important to understand what percentage of learners achieve as this shows the quality of teaching […]

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THINGS TO CONSIDER

Things to consider when choosing a Training Provider

With Employers now investing in their employee’s Training they should do research before choosing a Training Provider. Here are some things to consider prior to making a decision.

Their achievement rate

It’s important to understand what percentage of learners achieve as this shows the quality of teaching and learning provided to learners.

You can view all provider achievement rates here.

Their Ofsted inspection

OFSTED inspect providers using an inspection framework. They make sure that the provider is delivering a high-quality service but also making sure that learners have the advice, guidance, and support needed.

The Ofsted inspection will be of interest to you as the employer of the apprentices. That’s because Ofsted inspections assess the quality of the training provided to your apprentices.

You can view our report here.

OFSTED issue providers with a grade and they are;

1: outstanding
2: good
3: requires improvement
4: inadequate

Date of their OFSTED inspection

A lot can change since their last OFSTED inspection, it’s important to review when they last received an inspection or monitoring visit.

Testimonials & feedback

Feedback from customers is an important way of deciding if the provider is right for your company.

Customers can be employers or learners. You can view all of our reviews on The Apprenticeship Directory

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Achieved with a Distinction https://smarttar.co.uk/achieved-with-a-distinction/ Mon, 10 Feb 2020 12:54:34 +0000 https://smarttar.co.uk/?p=7055 Congratulations to Sian on her Distinction! One of our learners who recently completed her Business Administrator Level 3 Standard achieved a Distinction after she completed her End Point Assessment. Sian wanted to let her training advisor and also our Quality Assurance Lead know that she was extremely grateful for the support they had offered her […]

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Congratulations to Sian on her Distinction!

One of our learners who recently completed her Business Administrator Level 3 Standard achieved a Distinction after she completed her End Point Assessment. Sian wanted to let her training advisor and also our Quality Assurance Lead know that she was extremely grateful for the support they had offered her through-out her apprenticeship and she is now looking to progress onto her Level 4.

Feedback from Sian Fisher

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