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How Can School Leavers Benefit From An Apprenticeship?

How Can School Leavers Benefit From An Apprenticeship?

Every year, hundreds of thousands of school leavers face a daunting choice. What is the best way for them to continue to learn and develop as they venture out into the big wide world? 

Here at the LDN Apprenticeshipswe have helped hundreds of school leavers to answer this question over the years. It’s a really big moment, and we have a responsibility to guide each young person in the right direction.

At times this means that we may even suggest a young person does something other than an apprenticeship, after all, this choice will have an impact on the rest of their life, so it needs to be right for the individual.

Apprenticeships may be right for them, or university, or even a gap year. Each young person is different, so why shouldn’t their choices in life be?

What an apprenticeship allows for young people is the ability to choose a specific career path and learning programme that they’re interested in.

That sounds a lot like university you might say. Well yes, that part is like choosing a university course.

What a university degree doesn’t allow for though are a few of the great and unique things about apprenticeships.

 

As mentioned in my previous blog post How Much Does Hiring and Being An Apprentice Cost?’ there is absolutely no cost for young people who choose to do an apprenticeship. Considering that university tuition fees alone can cost up to £9,000 a year, this is a major benefit.

In fact, apprentices earn money, rather than incurring a debt. Apprentices do a PAID job at the same time as learning the knowledge, skills and behaviors to be successful in their chosen career.

Don’t employers prefer to hire graduates with a degree?

The 2018 report ‘What Do Graduates Want?’ commissioned by Bright Network suggests there is a misconception about what employers are looking for in their junior hires.

The report shows that while many graduates believe gaining a 2:1 or above is what employers value most in candidates, employers want something quite different.

The employers who participated in the study said that a passion for the business and communication skills were the attitudes that they were most interested in.

A fascinating insight, isn’t it? It shows that the expectations of employers lean more towards a personal character than they do towards final grades.

Does every apprentice gain a paid placement?

If you apply for an apprenticeship and are successful, then you will definitely be working for a company and doing a paid apprenticeship job. So, yes, every apprentice does get paid work. Unfortunately, not every young person who applies for an apprenticeship gets the job.

What we do here at LDN Apprenticeships is attempt to make sure the right apprentice is placed within the correct role. A big part of making sure we get this right is our Career Kickstarter.

A Career Kickstarter is a weekly event allowing young people to talk to clients face to face. Removing the process of CVs that heavily rely on grades and achievements. Instead of focussing on the passion and communication skills that employers look for most.

But what about when the apprenticeship has finished?

All good things must come to an end. Or do they?

We’ve found our setup at LDN Apprenticeships to be hugely beneficial to young people. Over 86% of our apprentices have gone into full time employment after their apprenticeship had finished. This is with either their current employer or a different employer.

That’s an incredibly high achievement rate after 13 months of learning, training and paid work. On top of that, over 75% of apprentices receive a pay increase from when they started their apprenticeship.

 Apprenticeships aren’t for everyone. But as an option for school leavers, the benefits are there for all to see for young people.

Julia Alija @ X4 Group

Julia Alija @ X4 Group

 

As part of our case study series, we’ve been heading out to the businesses we work with and meeting the awesome apprentices and employers to talk about their journey with LDN Apprenticeships!

Our latest case study took us to specialist recruitment company X4 Group in the heart of London. We caught up with LDN Apprenticeships alumni Julia Alija, who is now a full-time member of the Finance team at X4 Group having finished her apprenticeship with us!


 

We’ve always had a fantastic relationship with X4 Group. Alongside Julia – we’ve placed apprentices within a variety of departments, from the IT Department to the Sales floor. So it was a great opportunity to get the thoughts of a company that has benefited so much from recruiting LDN Apprentices.

We were also able to catch up with Julia’s line-manager and Subsidiary Management Accountant – Claire McDonagh, who gave us an insight into the apprenticeship journey from an employer’s point of view. From the on-boarding process, right up to hiring Julia full-time after graduating from LDN Apprenticeships.

Why an apprenticeship?

First of all, Julia talked to us about her decision to become an apprentice.  Why did she choose her route into the finance industry by doing an apprenticeship instead of heading to university? 

“I knew I definitely wanted to go into finance and university wasn’t really for me,” said Julia. 

 

“I definitely wanted the experience and the practicality of working and learning at the same time. So an apprenticeship seemed perfect!

 

“University was a consideration at one point. But after seeking advice from those within the finance industry, I thought an apprenticeship was definitely the right route for me.”

Having decided to get into the finance industry via an apprenticeship, we were able to help connect Julia with the fantastic team at X4 through our Career Kickstarter events.

Claire was able to meet and interview Julia for the role after seeing how well LDN Apprentice, Isaac Newton, was doing within the IT Department at X4.

“After the previous success we had with Isaac in the IT Department, we decided to recruit a Finance Apprentice, said Claire.

 

“We are always looking for opportunities to expand the team and help young people start with us, learn the trade and work their way up within the company.”

Starting at X4 Group.

The finance department is crucial to any business. It involves not only a strict attention to detail, but a meticulous on-boarding process. Being able to learn the ropes quickly is imperative to hitting the ground running and being a success within the role.

So how did Julia get up to scratch within the finance department at X4?

“I already had a bit of experience studying finance so felt quietly confident! 

 

“Most of all I was just I was extremely keen and motivated to learn and succeed within the role. 

 

“I was given a number of jobs and important tasks early within the role. I had to learn quickly! Allocating payments, and chasing clients and invoices meant I had to be prepared from the first day!

Having now graduated from LDN Apprenticeships and since being hired full-time, what was it that Julia did within her role that made her 13 months as an apprentice at X4 such a success?

“Julia has been a really good asset to the team here at X4. She is always taking on new roles and looking to help in other areas of the team. Whilst this helps us as a business, it also helps her to develop her knowledge of finance as well.

 

“She has been really helpful in brining down debtors and with reconciliations as well. That’s quite difficult for someone to pick up without previous experience. On top of her main tasks, she has taken so much on board and is now such a crucial part of the team.

Receiving support throughout.

Whilst Julia managed to run with the opportunity that was given to her, she highlighted the support she received along the way from Claire and the team at X4. As well as the support from the office, Julia also mentioned her Learning and Development Specialist at LDN as a big part her success and completing the course.

 “I’ve had so much support from not just Claire, but the whole team here at X4. They’re so motivated which in turn, drives me on within the role.

 

“The workshops and my LDS at LDN Apprenticeships have been so helpful as well.

 

Keeping me on track in completing my apprenticeship and supporting me during the busy last few months!”

Growing within the role.

Over the course of Julia’s 13 month apprenticeship, Claire was not only able to support and guide Julia throughout, but she was in a fantastic position to see her improve and grow within the role.

 “I can see a lot more confidence in Julia since she started. She can show quite clearly in the space of a year how well she’s developed in her role. 

 

“Her understanding now of how the finance department functions within a big business is just brilliant to see. She’s such a strong character and helps us within the team massively.”

Advice to those considering an apprenticeship.

As a full-time member of the X4 team, Julia has benefited massively from her apprenticeship. She has now come out of it starting her career with one of the biggest recruitment companies in London!

She will know more than anyone the benefits of becoming an apprentice. So what advice would she give to someone who is thinking of doing an apprenticeship?

“I’d say you have to be really motivated, enthusiastic and keen to learn. You also need to be prepared to wake up early! But definitely if you’re that person and you want to learn and work at the same time, an apprenticeship is for you!”

Thinking of hiring an apprentice?

One the other side, as Julia’s line-manager, Claire has now been able to bring in a fully-trained and loyal employee to her team. Having been in a position to introduce and train Julia up to her own, and the companies, values and standards, what would Claire’s advice be to employers looking to recruit an apprentice?

I’d definitely say it’s an amazing thing to do. I think we’d be really keen as a business to keep on hiring apprentices. It shows how successful it is as a scheme. As well as strengthening our team & bringing in more younger faces to the business, it’s just such a good thing to do.

Thank you to Claire, Julia and everyone at X4 Group for allowing us to come in and talk to them for the day! It’s always inspiring to see apprentices succeed and go on to gain a full-time role within the company they’re working for.

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Stefan @ euNetworks – Future LDN Apprentice of the Month.

Stefan @ euNetworks – Future LDN Apprentice of the Month.


by | August 5, 2019 | Apprentice of the Month, FLDN Apprentice of the Month | 0 Comments

  We are happy to announce that the winner of Future LDN June Apprentice of the Month is Stefan @ euNetworks! LDN Apprenticeships highlights a clear message of what makes an AWESOME Apprentice; they must show energy, enthusiasm, willingness to learn, ability to...Read More

 

We are happy to announce that the winner of Future LDN June Apprentice of the Month is Stefan @ euNetworks!

LDN Apprenticeships highlights a clear message of what makes an AWESOME Apprentice; they must show energy, enthusiasm, willingness to learn, ability to take feedback and propensity to take action (EEWAP).

Callum was nominated by his Learning Development Specialist – Phil, and the feedback was provided by Callum’s line-manager and Head of Finance at euNetworks – Catherine Lyons.

You can read the full nomination below!

Energy

 

Stefan has displayed an incredible energy from day one and that energy has certainly not waned. He has been an inspiration to all in the team with his level of maturity and application to the role.

 
Enthusiasm

 

Since Stefan joined euNetworks he has work hard every day. He has a fantastic work ethic and is a total finisher who sees things through to the end. Stefan takes huge pride in all that he does and really wants to succeed. He has a clear vision for his future and this only enhances his drive to succeed. There have been occasions in recent weeks where I have had to ask Stefan to go home in the evenings when he has stayed late in the office, such is his dedication to keep on top of his work. Stefan is a huge asset to the team and in the short time that he has been here has raised the bar very high for himself and he keeps doing so.

Willingness To Learn

Stefan always has his notebook in hand and thrives on learning new things in the role. He has been thrown in at the deep end during busy periods but is never phased by any of it. He gets his head down and pushes himself forward. He is now solely responsible for two of our business entities and is already forging relationships with business partners and colleagues alike in the most professional manner. Stefan is integral to the team and to the future development of the team. 

 

Ability To Take Feedback

 Stefan is very self aware and good humoured and always willing to take feedback be it positive or constructive criticism. This is particularly noticeable during meetings with his manager and during his mentoring sessions and this great attitude only serves to enhance his performance levels.

 

Propensity To Take Action 

 

Stefan has had to deal with some business critical situations within the team in recent weeks. He has used a clear headed logical approach to get issues resolved and he has the talent and good sense to follow the path that will lead to a resolution. He is enthusiastic in the extreme and bursting with great ideas to change and improve the process.  Stefan is doing a great job. His mature and level headed approach has only served to enhance his performance and growth in the role in the past months.

 

Congratulations Stefan! 

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