Top Apprenticeship Opportunities For School Leavers

Five Apprenticeship Sectors You Should Consider as a School Leaver

Recently completed your GCSEs or A-Levels and unsure what’s next?

Building expertise in a field and getting your foot in the door can be difficult – which is why apprenticeships offer a great way to move from education to employment, allowing you to earn a wage whilst learning from experienced professionals in your chosen field.

As a school leaver having finished your GCSEs or A-Levels, you will usually have three apprenticeship levels open to you.

Level 2: also known as “intermediate apprenticeships”, these are generally agreed to be the equivalent of 5 passes at GCSE level, with the only requirement usually being a minimum of level 3 (D) in English and Maths GCSEs to apply.

Level 3: also known as “advanced apprenticeships”, these are generally agreed to be the equivalent of 2 passes at A level. Although requirements vary by company, these roles will commonly expect either a level 2 apprenticeship or a certain set of GCSE/A-Level results to apply.

Level 4: also known as “higher apprenticeships”, these are less common and often have higher competition for placement. Applying for these courses will usually require solid A-Level results in relevant subjects or an equivalent qualification such as NVQs or a BTEC.

As a school leaver going out into the world of employment, it can be difficult to know which areas offer the best potential for progression, stability and a rewarding career. With that in mind, we’re breaking down five in-demand areas you should consider for an apprenticeship.

 

Construction

The UK government’s recently-published list of the Top 100 Apprenticeship Employers for 2022 is full of companies in the construction industry, with 10 of the top 100 apprenticeship companies operating in the construction sector – and for good reason. The wealth and range of opportunities as part of the top 100 list alone is huge, from electrical apprenticeships with Clarkson Evans to painting and decorating apprenticeships with Bagnalls, all offering the chance to gain employable skills in a booming industry with high demand for jobs, excellent pay and progression opportunities to management or even directorial roles. Plus, you can always be sure that no two days on the job will be the same; if you choose a career in construction, you’ll be visiting a range of sites as part of your job, each one presenting new challenges, opportunities and rewards. You’ll also get to see the projects you work on develop over time, with immense satisfaction completing each one and seeing it have an impact on its environment.

 

Energy

The energy sector is currently thriving with job opportunities as the UK aims for net-zero and a sustainable energy future following the commitments made at COP26 last year. With around 738,000 people currently employed in the UK energy sector, there’s no shortage of job opportunities around the country and apprentices will have the opportunity to develop an exciting and varied career with competitive pay. From technical and mechanical roles to opportunities in design and engineering, these offer the perfect way to get your foot in the door in an innovative sector that’s set to see enormous growth, with a projected 50% increase in electricity demand by 2035.

 

Digital Marketing

As a rapidly developing industry with a steady annual growth of 10% in the UK, there’s currently a huge demand for those with digital marketing skills in roles like paid social media, analytics and content marketing. With a Digital Marketing apprenticeship, you’ll build knowledge of marketing basics and experience a wide range of business areas as part of your course. As you start getting a feel for the sector, you’ll usually get the chance to choose a preferred area to specialise in such as content writing, analytics, website development, social media, digital PR or even account management. An apprenticeship provides the perfect balance of theory and practical experience to enter a marketing role, as you’ll spend time in college lessons and shadowing colleagues as well as getting to work on your own marketing campaigns and build a portfolio of work.

 

IT

With a 50% year-on-year rise in tech job vacancies in 2021 and IT vacancies currently making up 13% of total job vacancies, an IT apprenticeship ensures you’ll be going into a sector with plenty of demand and opportunities. An IT apprenticeship encompasses a wide range of jobs, allowing you to specialise as you progress in your apprenticeship role and discover the areas that interest you. Whether it’s setting up PCs, installing new software or becoming a troubleshooting whiz, an IT apprenticeship will let you build key abilities which will serve you for the rest of your career. Another advantage of working in IT is the level of flexibility; 21.6% of all job ads in the IT sector are currently advertised as remote roles, meaning you can choose from a range of companies and courses across the country regardless of your location.

 

Health & Social Care

Like construction, Health and Social Care feature heavily on the Government’s Top 100 Apprenticeship Employers 2022 list, showing the number of excellent opportunities available here. Ideal for those who want people-focused roles, apprenticeships in this sector can include everything from social worker jobs to management or healthcare positions, giving you the chance to gain knowledge and soft skills from experienced workers in your field whilst enjoying a rewarding job role which makes an impact in people’s lives on a daily basis. With over 35,000 live jobs currently listed on the NHS Jobs website alone, this is a sector that’s always in demand and provides excellent stability for your future career.

Joanne Gualda, Group Marketing Director at Bagnalls, comments: “Apprenticeships can provide the perfect chance for school leavers to gain education and practical experience in their chosen field, allowing them to earn as they learn and offering the ideal stepping stone into a successful career. The recently-published Top 100 Apprenticeship Employers 2022 list shows the variety and wealth of apprenticeship opportunities available in the UK, regardless of whether you’re looking for something digital, hands-on or a mixture of the two.”

How Degrees Help You Progress in a Hands-On Career

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Higher education is becoming increasingly popular. So far in 2022, 320,000 sixth form students have already applied for university courses starting in September. This is 14,000 more than the previous year and 50,000 more than 2019. But does the rising number of applicants suggest a university education is essential?

You can, of course, have a successful career with or without higher education. You might find that a degree will help you progress in your chosen field though. This includes hands-on careers, such as mechanical engineering and construction management.

Here, we will explore the ways that higher education can help you achieve your career goals.

 

Mechanical engineer

Mechanical engineers are inventors. They design and build innovative machines, from electric generators to gas turbines and even elevators. If you’re interested in the inner workings of machinery and enjoy problem solving, this could be the career for you.

There are multiple routes into engineering. Depending on the role you aspire to have, you can succeed in the sector without completing a university degree. If you gain relevant experience and prove your willingness to learn on the job, there is no reason why you can’t work in this sector.

On the other hand, some employers may require you to have a higher education. A mechanical engineering course will fortify you with expert knowledge to excel in this career, whether you’re learning how to use a 3D printer or exploring the laws of thermodynamics.

 

Paramedic

Paramedics deliver life-saving care to patients. They work alongside emergency care assistants, who are responsible for controlling severe bleeding, treating someone with broken or fractured bones, and much more.  These roles are great for quick thinkers that work well under pressure.

Other than passing a literacy and numeracy test, there are no entry requirements to become an emergency care assistant. If you’re eager to help those around you, this role allows you to learn and succeed from your own hands-on experience.

In order to progress from an emergency care assistant to a paramedic, however, you will need to complete a higher education qualification. This can be a university degree (BA Paramedic Sciences) or an apprenticeship degree, depending on your preferences.

 

 

Construction manager

No two days are the same for a construction labourer. During a typical working day, you might operate heavy machinery, work on a scaffolding, and build a brick wall. This role can also be social, building relationships with those around you.

There is no right way into construction. There are BTEC qualifications that prepare you with all of the necessary skills to succeed as a labourer. As well as this, you can undergo an apprenticeship programme or start from lower-level positions and learn on the job.

In order to progress in this role, you may need to complete a university degree. Construction managers oversee the building site. Therefore, higher education may prepare you for a number of responsibilities, from managing staff to reviewing architectural and engineering plans.

University can be for everyone. It doesn’t matter which stage of your life you are at, higher education could help you achieve your career goals. Do you think this can help you with your hands-on job?

Best Social Media Marketing & Training Company 2021 – California

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Smarty Social Media is a social-first healthcare marketing agency that prides itself on finding solutions that drive growth and disruption for clients- inspired by innovations in the health and wellness space that can improve and even save lives.

Smarty Social Media’s founder and CEO Jami Eidsvold, was among social’s early adopters who saw the potential and excitement in using social channels to build brands. Her passion for social media led her away from traditional PR to explore what she saw as the future — influencer and social media marketing. Thus, Smarty Social was born in 2013, and eight years later, this one-woman shop has evolved into a highly creative, results-oriented team of 25 full-time employees plus a network of trusted specialists.

The vast majority of SSM’s business is referral-based, which honours the company. Its focus is always on delivering the highest quality work and delivering it with exceptional commitment and client service. Additionally, SSM uses its social channels to promote its work and has entered and won numerous industry awards to validate its experience.

Founder Jami Eidsvold is also a highly sought-after speaker and educator, regularly speaking at reputable industry conferences and events, opening the door to many new opportunities in its space.

SSM is a full-service social media marketing agency and with core services including social media branding and strategy, social advertising campaigns, influencer marketing, content creation and community management, along with its proprietary Smarty Social Academy training program. The company’s clients range from well-established healthcare companies to medical device start-ups looking to disrupt their space. SSM’s team has a long history and expertise in managing social media marketing within these highly regulated industries.

The main driver of SSM’s success has come from the growth of DTC marketing among the pharmaceutical and medical device industries. As a result, the company researched how regulated clients could operate in the social sphere while remaining compliant and mitigating risk. SSM has since thrived by working hard with clients and their legal and regulatory departments to build trust and collaboration that allows progressive social programming despite heavily regulated environments.

Today, one of the company’s core capabilities is successfully implementing social programming for companies in regulated spaces. In addition, SSM has become a trusted partner in exploring and advocating for innovative campaigns and is known for creating smart social solutions for its clients.

While the company has a ‘traditional’ list of marketing services, SSM has developed a proprietary approach allowing the ability to custom tailor each recommendation based on each clients’ unique business challenge and needs. Moreover, with Covid-19 impacting all areas of life and business, SSM was deeply engaged with all its clients in working through pivot plans to help navigate the complex combination of pandemic implications and social unrest that made for a sensitive marketing climate.

The company worked tirelessly to help clients find solutions, adjust tone and approach to content as well as identify and capitalize on areas of opportunity. SSM then shared this knowledge via its social networks and offered free social strategy sessions with its CEO and top executives to businesses of all sizes — no strings attached.

Recently, SSM has expanded and adjusted its Smarty Social Academy program – a customized social training program for small businesses, franchises, executives, and healthcare providers. The company found that the last year’s challenges exacerbated the need for companies of all sizes to have effective and strategic social media knowledge and know-how.

SSM is constantly improving and expanding its Social Academy program by continually adding to its roster of customized social media training programs and is now offering social strategy development, online training programs, and live training events.

Other services included are 1:1 coaching sessions, workshops, and content development packages to kick start social media marketing for businesses that the cumbersome big agency model underserves.

The Social Academy was born from reacting to its clients’ requests for education and training, which SSM then developed into a specific offering that it now markets independently and a service to more traditional clients.

Its training programs range from LinkedIn executive training sessions to coach leaders on building their brand on social, to multi-day social boot camps to help doctors market their practice and the procedures or products they use from our clients. There is a very specific need in the medical space with doctors and practices — and an area where SSM has vast expertise within.

For business enquiries, contact Steph Goddard from Smarty Social Media via email – [email protected] or on their website – www.smartysocialmedia.com

Jami Eidsvold from Smarty Social Media
Jami Eidsvold

Seeking a Career in Construction: Top 5 Areas in Britain to Start Out or Further Your Ambitions

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After a long period of uncertainty and inevitable halts, the construction industry is gradually getting back to business. As workloads increase, more and more talented tradespeople are asked to take on the sector’s challenging, polyhedric jobs. In fact, in 2021, the demand for construction workers reached a 20-year high.  

The Construction Skills Network forecasts that by 2025, the industry will need about 216,800 new entries to keep the market rolling. So if you are looking for a change of career, or are already working in the field, the good news is that there are plenty of opportunities up for grabs. From building and remodelling to maintenance and repairing duties, you can choose the role that adequately suits your skills.

Construction jobs are available all over the country. But what are the best areas in Britain to embrace a career in this rewarding industry? Here, with the help of Van Ninja, a UK van leasing company, we explore where in the UK you may want to get to work with bricks, hammers, and spanners.

 

1) South East

When it comes to pursuing a career in construction, the South East of England is the place to be. With a whopping 58,204 construction firms in the area, it is no surprise that this region tops our table, clinching the crown of Britain’s trades-friendly location.

On average, each business in the sector hires 210 employees, which suggests that there is a wide range of vacancies for potential workers. This is confirmed by the number of construction job posts on Indeed: there are 14,734 available roles.

What’s more, the South East has the highest number of new build constructions in the country (25,482). It is no surprise, then, that tradespeople in this part of the UK will rarely be out of work. Not to mention that construction workers in the South East benefit from a respectable salary. An average pay of £24,545 is arguably the icing on the cake.

 

2) Greater London

The capital city is known for offering its citizens endless opportunities, both in terms of professions and leisurely activities. In this respect, there is no hiding that London is a great location for those working in the construction sector too.

Sitting in second place, Greater London hosts 58,296 construction firms (a national record!). If you are wondering which British region has the least, the answer is the North East (9,516). As an ever-expanding metropolis, London is home to 21,617 new builds, and it rewards its tradespeople with an average salary of £26,887. Of course, it is an expensive city, but you can earn enough to make the most of its splendid amenities.

Furthermore, you can expect to have a stable and successful career. Every construction company, in fact, has an average of 209 employees, and available vacancies on Indeed amount to 8,364.

 

3) East

In third position, we find the East of England. The area earns itself a well-deserved bronze medal as it features 19,164 new builds in the region and has 43,461 construction firms.

On average, each business employs 172 workers, meaning that the location conceals several job opportunities. From working on construction sites to carrying around equipment with van leasing models, you are bound to enjoy a busy role. Not only is gratifying, but it is also a good source of income. In the East, construction workers tend to earn £24,177 per year.

 

4) West Midlands

The West Midlands only just misses out on a place on the podium. However, it is safe to say that it is still a very valid location to pursue a profession in the construction field.

One of its main advantages are the generous wages that workers can aim for. In fact, on average, a construction worker in the West Midlands takes home £23,204 every year. In proportion to the cost of living in the region, these pay rates leave employees with a decent amount of spending money.

Additionally, over the last year, the area has seen low changes in the number of equipment sold (15.10%), which indicates more stability in the sector.

 

5) North West

Dulcis in fundo, we wrap up our chart with another great location for aspiring – or existing – construction workers: the North West. With cities such as Manchester and Liverpool, it is perhaps not surprising to discover that the region offers many professional opportunities. On Indeed alone, there are 4,294 construction job ads.

The North West has 31,623 construction firms within its imaginary borders, and each company tends to hire around 164 employees. How much can you expect to earn? The answer is £23,800. For the area, this is a very competitive rate.

 

As we can see, the construction industry presents an array of possibilities and benefits for potential workers. With an increasing demand for tradespeople across the country, a job in this sector can be both rewarding and profitable.

Where will you kickstart – or continue – your construction career? We hope this list will help you make the choice that best suits your needs and ambitions.   

How Does Training IT Professionals Improve Performance

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With the advent of technology, using digital tools has become more prevalent than before, as business owners now rely on them to manage tons of tasks and ultimately improve efficiency. Therefore, as workplace strategies continue to evolve, corporate organizations need to align with these transformations in knowledge and skills.

One effective way to do that is by providing your IT professionals with efficient and consistent training. It widens their knowledge base, keeps them updated, and generally transforms how they handle their day-to-day operations. While training comes with costs, the returns on investment are immense because your staff becomes more productive.

That said, here is how training your IT professionals can improve performance:

 

1. It Enhances Skills and Knowledge

Training your IT professionals steadily increases their professional competencies, hence technical proficiency. Here are some of the vital things your IT team can learn during training programs:   

  • Risk management and safety measures: They can learn how to assess risks, and the strategies to mitigate or reduce exposure. E.g., ways to approach cybersecurity threats.  
  • How to use an upgraded system: Training provides a framework on how to navigate within a new system. For that reason, you’d want to check out Protech training and similar services to help your IT professionals to implement and capitalize on the latest technologies.  
  • Efficient customer service: It means how to provide the finest customer experience during service delivery. For example, the best way to resolve customer complaints and respond to their queries.  
  • Quality standards: By understanding the standards of services required and how their roles are aligned to business objectives, your IT department can strive to minimize mistakes and provide a higher quality output.  

Application of these qualities in day-to-day roles boosts operational efficiency, thus ensuring consistency in production.  

 

2. It Prepares Your IT Professionals For New Responsibilities  

As a business owner, you may want to reduce employee turnover costs by promoting from within rather than getting new professionals from the job market. It is one way to boost your workers’ morale as they’ll feel they’re part of a supportive business environment.

That said, training programs can help prepare your workers for high-level responsibilities. They foster a smooth transition by ensuring your workers are fit to fill out the hard-to-reach positions successfully. For instance, if there’s a particular software program they’ll utilize in their next role, it’d be best if they learn it beforehand.

On the whole, training improves worker output during job promotions in the following ways:

  • Prepares your staff to face pressure or challenges in a higher position.  
  • It boosts your workers’ sense of confidence in their abilities. They’ll be motivated and determined to reach greater heights and prove their value.  
  • It ensures standardized work processes. Because of similar training, they’ll apply uniform and efficient procedures.   

Therefore, as a business owner, this saves you time and money as it reduces the need for constant supervision or correcting bad performances.  

 

3. It Improves Team Functionality

In IT, most professionals may be required to work on specific projects in teams to figure out the complex procedures together. So through training, these groups are optimized, enabling them to focus on what’s rewarding and productive for the team and the whole organization. In essence, building the right team of IT professionals through training ensures better performance of tasks because they can:

  • Ensure cohesiveness by preventing domination of individual agendas.
  • Build on each other’s strengths.
  • Clearly define action plans and roles to address specific tasks.
  • Unanimously focus on a common goal. Therefore, they can’t stray away from predetermined objectives.
  • Properly utilize shared resources.
  • Consolidate different approaches and styles.

 

4. It Addresses Weaknesses

While an employee may be better skilled in one area of the job, it’s also highly likely that they have gaps in other professional skills. Luckily, through training, mentors can work directly with your tech team to identify the areas for improvement.  

After understanding their learning styles, they can effectively build up knowledge in the areas that need improvement and upgrade their performances. Therefore, with adequate background knowledge and consistent experience, they can translate value to customers through better service delivery.   

 

Conclusion

Training is an indispensable way to keep your IT professionals competitive. As a business owner, you can reap a myriad of benefits by producing a better workforce. Essentially, you can improve performance in the workplace by increasing the knowledge base, preparing workers for more significant roles, transforming teamwork, and addressing areas of improvement. Also, note that well-trained workers are more satisfied and can contribute to organizational success.

A Basic Guide to Executing An MSP Business Model

MSP

Emerging decades ago, the managed service provider (MSP) business model was a product of the instant popularity of the internet. Today, with the fast-paced advancement of technology, MSPs have matured into an on-demand mechanism for delivering IT services and have become a core part of almost any modern business– from startups to large enterprises. 

MSPs like Buchanan Technologies, a Toronto based IT support services firm, are hired to provide IT-related tasks from remote monitoring and tech support to cybersecurity management. The strong demand for MSPs and potentially high revenue have made them an attractive business model for budding entrepreneurs. 

In this article, we’re sharing the steps and insights on how to start and execute a successful MSP business model. 

 

1. Define and Document Your Business Strategy

The first step in how to sell IT and managed services is to brainstorm your strategy. A business strategy is a clear set of plans, goals, and actions outlining how a business will compete in a specific market or industry with its products and services. 

Creating a business strategy is critical for any business looking to establish and grow its business successfully. In addition, it’s good practice to document your strategy. It should detail all aspects of your MSP business and should include measurable and auditable objectives and targets. 

 

2. Developing Your Offering

Once you develop your strategy, you must start developing your MSP offering. Here, you need to define which technical services you’ll offer and how you’ll bundle them together. Even if you have the skills or a team with a range of technical services, you need to focus more on key areas and ones that can bring you the most profitability. 

You can do this by checking the local market and determining the demand in your area. You also want to consider which services you can offer most effectively in terms of skills and cost. For instance, which technical services do you excel in? Does this service require you to purchase specialized software and hardware that may be impractical for your budget? 

It’s best if you can opt for a skill you’re an expert in and fits your budget. As your business grows, you can then expand to include other IT-related services.

 

3. Formulate Your Pricing

Your pricing model offers the basis for recurring revenue. Formulating the proper pricing can make it easier for clients to assess and consume your offerings. In general, MSPs have various pricing models to choose from. The pricing model you choose will depend on the scope of your technical services and your customer base. 

  • All-You-Can-Eat: This pricing model covers all on-site and remote support for a flat monthly fee. 
  • A La Carte: This type is based on discrete services focusing on specific customer needs, providing them greater flexibility. 
  • Per-User/Per-Device: Clients are charged a flat monthly or yearly fee per user or device with this pricing model. 
  • Tiered: This model provides different tiers or bundled services. The price increases from one tier to another as more advanced or comprehensive services are included. 

 

4. Invest In the Right Software

As a tech business, MSPs rely on various software and hardware tools to do their jobs. Depending on the services you offer, there are multiple tools you’ll need. 

When choosing your software and hardware, make sure to do your homework. Evaluate the different options available and weigh their benefits and costs. You need to plan your hardware and software procurement carefully. Don’t just get the first tool you find or the one you’re familiar with because it may not prove to be the easiest to use or most cost-effective option in the long run. 

 

5. Devise a Sales and Marketing Strategy

Once you’ve fully prepared your MSP business, you need to find your first clients. Even if MSPs are in high demand, finding and getting your first client can be challenging as a starting business. Thus, you want to plan for an effective marketing and sales strategy. 

From developing an effective website and mastering SEO to connecting to customers on social media and leveraging email–there are numerous ways to market your MSP business. That said, if you have the budget and want to focus more on improving your business, you can also partner with a digital marketing services firm to help boost brand awareness and attract potential clients. 

 

Take Away

Starting an MSP business model is a lucrative venture to try today. Outlook for future growth is strong, especially now as more businesses rely on IT to offer services and products in a fast-paced digital world. 

That said, if you’re an aspiring entrepreneur thinking of establishing an MSP business, we hope that this article has provided you with insights to ensure that your MSP is set up for success right from the start. 

How an MBA Can Open New Doors in Business

When you’ve had some experience with a professional industry, you can often feel like there’s more knowledge to add to your own. Or you might think that you could fancy a change in your career and business path.

One option you might look at is a position in management, which is where a Master of Business Administration degree (MBA) could be a great decision. An MBA is a course that can add a lot to your employability.

In this article, we’ll break down how an MBA plays a large role within business, as well as some job roles where having one is a necessity.

 

What is an MBA and what are the benefits?

An MBA is a postgraduate degree course that is the business equivalent of a master’s degree. These courses focus on managerial and administrative practices so are usually taken when you have a few years of experience in the world of business. This is rather than taking the course after finishing your undergraduate degree and can be done remotely through online courses.

There are plenty of benefits to taking on an MBA course. Not only are you adding crucial knowledge around management and leadership roles to your repertoire, but you’ll also meet like-minded people on the course from a wide variety of business backgrounds. This networking can help you connect with businesses down the line or could encourage you to start your own business alongside these contacts.

MBA graduates are also among the highest paid of any graduates within the UK, as the skills you learn are crucial for high tier roles within business structures. In fact, research from Emolument found that the graduates with MBA degrees make £89,000 annually on average, while executive MBAs fetch up to £100,000.

 

The importance within the business sector

Within business structures, roles that are further up the chain of command will require the skills that you got while studying for your MBA. These vary from taking charge of hiring employees who are hungry to succeed to retaining the staff you currently have and encouraging their individual development.

Alternatively, the skills you pick up could revolve around managing the company’s finances and forecasting its planning and growth. This will also involve decision-making. Being able to decide what to do on a whim and take responsibility is crucial for managerial roles.

MBA degrees are renowned all over the world. Having one can open doors internationally if you were thinking about changing up your environment and day-to-day life. This feeds back into the networking you can do through the course, as a study from Chartered Association of Business Schools (CABS) found that 7 out of 10 graduates from business schools are international students, and 11% of that number took MBA courses in the UK.

 

Which roles require one?

There are a wide variety of roles where an MBA is needed to qualify for the job. The Business Statistics Briefing Paper from 2020 showed that within the UK alone, there are around 6 million companies and organisations in the private business sector. Having an MBA can be the key to obtaining employment within businesses in this sector.

The transferable skills you obtain through your course can help the roles that would be offered by these companies. MBAs focus a lot on the internal finances of companies, which fits into finance manager roles that revolve around budgeting the incomings and outgoings and building a timeline for future growth. Another option would be managing human resources departments, making calls on who to hire and making tough decisions around the day-to-day communication.

Roles like this often require an MBA, as CEOs and business owners want to put their trust in someone who understands the importance of what the jobs entail. Having such a qualification shows your dedication to management and the inner workings of a business and inspires a level of trust.

 

The business sector has a lot of doors that can be opened by getting an MBA. Within the sector, roles higher up in the structure of many businesses require one and offer a high salary. Having an MBA can also open a lot of doors on an international level, as they’re recognised as high-achieving degrees that hold a lot of weight and teach important skills.

The Key Skills Employers Need Before Employing Anyone Else

As an employer, you spend a lot of time looking for employees with skills that can help your business grow. However, the onus for skills that can help a company grow shouldn’t just fall to employees. Employers themselves need to keep their skills polished and updated before asking it of others.

A great solution for employers is Continuing Professional Development (CPD) training. Using a variety of education methods, these courses focus on professional development on an individual level to help progress businesses and knowledge.

In this article, we’ll go into detail on how CPD training can help further an employer’s knowledge and proficiency in higher management.

 

What is CPD?

A CPD training course is a way for individuals within a business to develop existing or new skills to help their business grow.

These development processes combine a wide range of approaches, from in-person seminars and events to online courses all to put emphasis on personal and professional development on an individual level.

Institutions such as universities offering CPD gives the option that no matter how old you are or what stage of your career you’re in, you can up- or re-skill to benefit your progression within an industry. From an employer’s view, these can focus on sections of your industry that are developing fast. This would help assess and evaluate trends and create a business strategy to reflect the change as it happens.

These courses are crucial in some industries because you may be required to show your consistent professional development and understanding of key knowledge, such as in health and social care or construction.

 

What kind of skills can you learn from them?

When you’re part of an industry for a long period of time, gaps in knowledge are still bound to occur as you can never learn everything. One of the key points a CPD training course shows is a dedication to continually developing yourself and your understanding of professionalism by educating yourself further.

Not only does pursuing this level of self-development assist employers, but it helps your employees and the working culture of your business in tandem. It demonstrates that individuals in higher points of command engage with learning and improving industry knowledge, encouraging employees to pursue that themselves as well.

Building that healthy working relationship with your employees is important to retaining staff. Having the option for them to learn more about their profession as well as being able to add more to their abilities builds them up. It will also keep them maintaining their standards for quality on top of developing their careers.

This can help the business grow as a result, as it will encourage new starters wanting to come into the workforce to be open to learning and educating themselves. Not only that, but it will also show any of your business’ clients that as a company you are willing to keep developing your knowledge. This helps to build trust and display value with them, showing a dedication to your workforce and quality of life within the company.

 

The skills obtained through CPD training don’t just benefit you as an employer but your whole business. Whether it’s through in-person events and seminars that get you among like-minded people from your industry, or online courses that have talks or sessions remotely, you can always improve your knowledge in your industry. This will help you in the long run if you choose to up- or re-skill, and it encourages your employees to do the same. This builds a healthy working environment and displays to potential clients that as a business, you build workforces that can continually adapt and develop to changing industries.

Expert Tips For Mastering Your CV In the Law Sector

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In the UK, hiring managers and recruiters typically spend between 6-8 seconds looking at a CV, so, when entering a sector as competitive as Law, mastering your CV is crucial to help you impress in the recruitment process.

With the University year coming to an end and the class of 2022 heading into the corporate world, The University of Law have teamed up with Hannah Wright, HR Early Ambitions Advisor at leading law firm, Shakespeare Martineau, to reveal how your CV can stand out amongst employers. 

 

1. Tailor your CV and cover letter 

Most companies and firms will be looking for a specific set of skills when hiring new candidates, so steer clear of sending the same standard CV to each recruiter. Tailoring your CV to fit the requirements of the job specification will help you stand out from other candidates. 

Hannah explains: “We quite often see CV’s that read as a list of tasks the individual has completed within a role such as ‘communicating with customers’.  This is too vague and for all we know, this may have formed a tiny part of your role.” 

 

2. Avoid clutter 

Your date of birth, headshot photos and details of references are just some of the information you don’t need to include in your CV. Make space for shouting about the qualities that make you perfect for the role, not unnecessary details. An entry-level CV should be no longer than single page. 

Hannah adds: “If this is your first legal role and your CV is over two pages, it is far too long and most likely containing information that doesn’t need to be there.  If you don’t want to spend the time taking the trivial parts out, how can you expect a recruiter to spend the time going through it to try and uncover the skills they are looking for?” 

 

3. Check Spelling and Grammar 

In the UK, more than six in ten CV’s (62%) contain at least one spelling error, with over 5,000 CV’s containing over 20 mistakes.

A structured and concise CV will be the first impression of your written skills that an employer sees. Make sure the important information stands out and is clearly presented. Poor spelling and grammar can be a determining factor in whether you get offered an interview. 

Hannah says: “This should be spotless.  Particularly in Training Contract applications where you have months to write your application and review. I fully recommend having a second pair of eyes on your CV and application to sense check and review your grammar and spelling.” 

 

4. Utilise your hobbies 

While hobbies are a great way to demonstrate your personality and passion through paper, you should avoid just listing them all without explanation. Demonstrate the journey that your interest or hobby has taken you on, to show employers your drive and determination. 

Hannah explains: “When candidates are able to show their achievements through their hobbies, it has more purpose. For example, rather than ‘exercise’, being able to say ‘Running:  Started running in 2020 lockdown and completed my first marathon in 2021 in X hours and X minutes’.” 

 

5. Be yourself 

Figuring out your unique selling point and making sure the recruiter knows it, puts you in a good position when moving forward with an application process. Employers will be able to spot if you are putting on an act, so don’t risk it. 

Hannah adds: “If I were to name one thing to make one person stand out, everyone would use it, and no one would stand out.  My advice on how to stand out, is to be you. Most of the time it isn’t about the legal experience, but more about the transferrable skills gained throughout your life until now.” 

John Watkins, Director of Careers and Employability at The University of Law commented: “Law is a competitive industry in which many candidates come with a breadth of experience and transferable skills, so it’s essential that you make your initial application impressive and unique to you. You only have one or two pages to sell yourself, so make it count. 

“Explain why the experience that you have makes you perfect for the role you are applying to, while hitting all the required and desired skills on the job description. Don’t forget to let the employer know what personable qualities you bring to a team.” 

The Importance of CPD Training for Employers and Higher Management

As an employer, you spend a lot of time looking for employees with skills that can help your business grow. However, the onus for skills that can help a company grow shouldn’t just fall to employees. Employers themselves need to keep their skills polished and updated before asking it of others.

A great solution for employers is Continuing Professional Development (CPD) training. Using a variety of education methods, these courses focus on professional development on an individual level to help progress businesses and knowledge.

In this article, we’ll go into detail on how CPD training can help further an employer’s knowledge and proficiency in higher management.

 

What is CPD?

A CPD training course is a way for individuals within a business to develop existing or new skills to help their business grow.

These development processes combine a wide range of approaches, from in-person seminars and events to online courses all to put emphasis on personal and professional development on an individual level.

Institutions such as universities offering CPD gives the option that no matter how old you are or what stage of your career you’re in, you can up- or re-skill to benefit your progression within an industry. From an employer’s view, these can focus on sections of your industry that are developing fast. This would help assess and evaluate trends and create a business strategy to reflect the change as it happens.

These courses are crucial in some industries because you may be required to show your consistent professional development and understanding of key knowledge, such as in health and social care or construction.

 

What kind of skills can you learn from them?

When you’re part of an industry for a long period of time, gaps in knowledge are still bound to occur as you can never learn everything. One of the key points a CPD training course shows is a dedication to continually developing yourself and your understanding of professionalism by educating yourself further.

Not only does pursuing this level of self-development assist employers, but it helps your employees and the working culture of your business in tandem. It demonstrates that individuals in higher points of command engage with learning and improving industry knowledge, encouraging employees to pursue that themselves as well.

Building that healthy working relationship with your employees is important to retaining staff. Having the option for them to learn more about their profession as well as being able to add more to their abilities builds them up. It will also keep them maintaining their standards for quality on top of developing their careers.

This can help the business grow as a result, as it will encourage new starters wanting to come into the workforce to be open to learning and educating themselves. Not only that, but it will also show any of your business’ clients that as a company you are willing to keep developing your knowledge. This helps to build trust and display value with them, showing a dedication to your workforce and quality of life within the company.

 

The skills obtained through CPD training don’t just benefit you as an employer but your whole business. Whether it’s through in-person events and seminars that get you among like-minded people from your industry, or online courses that have talks or sessions remotely, you can always improve your knowledge in your industry. This will help you in the long run if you choose to up- or re-skill, and it encourages your employees to do the same. This builds a healthy working environment and displays to potential clients that as a business, you build workforces that can continually adapt and develop to changing industries.

Top Management Skills to Develop in 2022

Management

Being a successful manager means you have excellent management skills. That includes being able to manage not only your workload but, more importantly, people and change. This list of top management skills to develop in 2022 will help you be a better manager and get on your path to success.

 

Skill 1: Communication

The first skill still on everybody’s “must-have” list is the ability to communicate effectively, both written and verbally. In today’s global corporate environment, communication with English as a lingua franca (ELF) is an essential skill set. You need to be able to take ideas and create captivating presentations through the use of language, both written and spoken.

 

Skill 2: Agility

Adaptability is another key skill that successful managers will need in 2022. The speed with which everything happens in this day and age means you have to be on your toes all the time. You need to be a quick decision-maker as well as a good planner, who works hard to anticipate problems before they happen.

 

Skill 3: Attention To Detail

Successful managers must have an eye for detail if they are going to succeed in 2022. In today’s fast-paced environment, you cannot afford any slip-ups at work as these could cost you money or even customers. It might sound dull but being a stickler for correct procedure and being methodical about your work will stand you in good stead.

 

Skill 4: Problem Solving

Any manager worth his or her salt needs to be able to solve problems quickly and efficiently without causing too much drama. A new skill that is going to become more important in the future is being able to find solutions by using technology, trends, forecasts and data. As time goes on, it will become increasingly difficult for managers who can’t get their heads around this way of problem-solving.

 

Skill 5: Creative Thinking

In 2022, managers need to have creative thinking skills because they are gatekeepers of innovation within organizations. They need to be the ones who come up with out-of-the-box ideas that will help their companies succeed.

 

Skill 6: Crisis Management

The second must-have skill will be crisis management. In 2022, people will not only look for managers to solve problems but also anticipate them. In short, they want managers who can think ahead and avoid crises from happening at all – or at least know how to handle them if they do happen. This means being able to find quick solutions that may save a company from loss or irreparable damage in the long term.

 

Skill 7: Collaboration

Managers of the future will also need to hone their collaborative skills. Managers must be able to build teams around them, delegate tasks, and bring people together towards a common goal.

Collaborative decision making has become essential because people want managers who prioritize consensus over autocratic decisions by sharing information openly and transparently with all stakeholders. At the same time, managers need to be assertive enough to take decisive action when necessary.

 

Skill 8: Digital Savvy

Managing without IT is becoming an increasingly distant memory. The next decade will see an increased focus on how technology can solve business problems or enable more efficient communication between departments or employees. This means that managers in 2022 will have to be tech-savvy enough to integrate new applications into their businesses while ensuring security measures are sufficient against potential cyber-attacks.

 

Skill 9: Empathy

People 2020 will expect even higher standards of empathy from their line managers. Not only should they listen carefully, they must also have a firm handle on intercultural differences and how much weight certain things carry in different parts of the world. What is perfectly normal at home may well be taboo abroad, so managers need an extra dose of cultural awareness around them at all times.

 

Skill 10: Executive Mindset

The future manager needs to be able to hold their own among CEOs by adopting an executive mindset – even if they are still very junior in terms of rank. Cultivating this type of leadership behavior means management candidates must learn early on how to manage up, meaning they must be able to demonstrate an understanding of the goals of senior management and align their work with those goals.

 

Skill 11: Visioneering

The final skill of 2022 will be visioneering – the ability for managers to foresee where business is going, so they can build a supportive strategy for growth and innovation in multiple areas of activity. Visioneering skills enable leaders to identify and seize new opportunities that arise as a result of technological change or cultural shifts.

 

Conclusion

The skills needed in 2022 will fall under three main categories: people management, business acumen and creativity. The ability to work effectively in teams, the ability to anticipate problems before they arise, the ability to identify opportunities for growth within the business environment and the willingness and ability to change with the times.

Complete Guide to Using Paypal

Paypal

The usage of online payment channels has made the purchase of products and services and the transfer of funds more convenient. There are many of these platforms available. but one name that stands out is PayPal. PayPal launched in 1998 and has withstood the test of time due to its reliability and wide acceptance from people and businesses across different countries.

 

How PayPal Works

To send money through PayPal, the user needs to register their bank account or credit card, select the “Send and Request Money” option, and enter the recipient’s email address. The money would be sent directly to the receiver’s email address for them to withdraw to their bank account, make a payment, or save it on the platform.

To pay when shopping online, check if the store has a PayPal option when you want to check out. If it does, select it and log in to your account to confirm the payment. Note that PayPal will not share your account information with any online shopping website you use.

It is easy to learn how to use PayPal to receive money from people. First, you provide your benefactor with the email address associated with your account. When the money is sent, it will reflect in your account instantly and you will receive an email notifying you of the transaction.

 

Associated Fees

Although creating an account is free, using PayPal can attract some fees which depend on the kind of payment being made.

If the payment is personal, that is to friends and family, there will be no fee attached to it as long the money is sent directly from your PayPal balance or bank account. However, if a credit card is used, the receiver will be charged a fee but there is an option to make the sender pay the associated fee instead.

If the payment is for a commercial transaction, the receiver would be charged a fee when you send them a payment.  There is a PayPal guide to these fees at the bottom of every page on the website.

 

How to Create an Account On PayPal

To sign up on PayPal, visit the website, click “Sign Up” and select whether you want a business or personal account. Then you fill all your personal and bank card information in the fields provided.

 

How to Pay With Paypal Using Its Credit Service

The platform started offering credit service in 2019 so their users can purchase items with PayPal and pay for them later. This works just like a credit card, but does not require a physical card. The credit purchases attract an annual interest rate of 17.9%, but there is a bonus offering that allows users to get 0% interest on their purchases over €99 for four months. As long as they repay the credit purchase within four months, they will not be charged any extra money. To use PayPal Credit to make an online purchase,  select it while checking out and follow the on-screen instructions.