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What’s a CV and why do I need one?

The term CV stands for Curriculum Vitae and in Latin, it literally means ‘(the) course of (my) life’, but that’s as much Latin as you’ll need to know for this. It’s commonly known as a CV and you won’t ever need to put the full name ‘Curriculum Vitae’ on any of your applications! That’s not a great way to start these days. In practice, a CV [...]

January 29th, 2018|Categories: > Apprenticeships, CV writing|

Traineeships and Pre-Apprenticeships

A Traineeship is part of the same family as apprenticeships which means that you get time with an employer and support from a specialist training provider as well with a mix of classroom as well as practical learning. Essentially, they are to help you to become ‘work ready’. Over 1-6 months, you can therefore expect to get a programme of critical work experience incorporated with a [...]

January 26th, 2018|Categories: > Apprenticeships, Traineeships|

How to succeed in your apprenticeship!

With so many adverts indicating that you could secure permanent employment after completing your training and qualifications – or progress up to another apprenticeship –, how do you ensure that you live up to your employer’s expectations and impress once you have been offered your apprenticeship? To try to get the best answer, we turned to local apprenticeship provider, t2 group.  They deliver the training to [...]

January 5th, 2018|Categories: > Apprenticeships, Strategies|

Uni or Apprenticeship – part 3

If you are considering a corporate career after sixth form, you’ll know doubt have heard about the option to take either a Higher or Degree Apprenticeship which offers a Foundation and/or Bachelor degree qualification alongside paid employment with the very companies that you might be considering on graduation? Which route would be better for you?  Only you can decide … but over three instalments, we’ve been [...]

November 27th, 2017|Categories: > Apprenticeships, Uni versus Apprenticeships|

Uni or Apprenticeship – part 2

If you are considering a career with one of the corporate employers, you may be wondering whether it is better to apply first to Uni - or to apply after A-levels for a higher or degree apprenticeship? Last week, we explored the academic comparisons between Uni and these apprenticeships. Today, in the second of our mini-series, we are focusing on the likely employment experiences with both [...]

October 13th, 2017|Categories: > Apprenticeships, Uni versus Apprenticeships|

Uni or Apprenticeship – part 1

For those considering a future with a corporate brand – perhaps in finance, IT, construction, engineering or business management – you may be wondering whether it is better to apply as a graduate having first been to Uni?  Or perhaps better to try for one of the new higher or degree apprenticeships straight from school? We gather the local course and apprenticeship information together in the [...]

October 6th, 2017|Categories: > Apprenticeships, Uni versus Apprenticeships|

Leadership tips – show them the vision!

When building a CV and compiling examples to impress others at interview, we are taught to look for evidence of our leadership skills. Were we ever captain of a sports’ team, did we supervise others as part of our Saturday job, do we practice speeches in the college debating society? As a young person, it can be a very real challenge to demonstrate evidence of leadership. [...]

September 22nd, 2017|Categories: > Apprenticeships, Transferable Skills|

Ensuring that you have relevant, portable and transferable skills

The skills you have become employability skills – e.g. time management - when they are of interest to most of the organisations that you are applying to.  And when they are of particular value to an individual recruiter - either an employer or Uni - they are transferable because you will have acquired them in one situation and are now applying them to a new opportunity. [...]

June 19th, 2017|Categories: > Apprenticeships, Transferable Skills|

Higher Education or Higher Apprenticeship?

With so many local employers now offering higher – and even degree – apprenticeships locally, it is worth taking a look at the reasons why you might choose one of these after sixth form – or a gap year – instead of going to Uni. They are certainly getting attention from schools and can be a very real career choice for you, but it is equally [...]

April 5th, 2017|Categories: > Apprenticeships, Uni versus Apprenticeships|

How to create a professional first impression with your CV

Looking for a few handy tips on how to make your CV stand out from the crowd and easy to read through?  Here’s how … Font, spelling and grammar: Choose a simple font size and style – Start with the basics and use a simple font style such as Arial or Times New Roman:  the less fussy the better.  Then ensure it is a comfortable size [...]

February 22nd, 2017|Categories: > Apprenticeships, CV writing|
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