Supporting Employees to Gain Recruitment Qualifications Through Apprenticeships

In honour of National Apprenticeship Week, we’re shining the spotlight on three NRG employees who have all undertaken apprenticeships in recruitment-related disciplines.

Alex Barber – Level 3 Recruitment Consultant

Tell us about your NRG journey

I’ve been with the company for 3 years and in the recruitment sector for a total of 8. I’m currently the Temps Commercial Consultant for NRG’s partnership business greenbean. I specialise in the recruitment of temporary clerical and customer service roles.

Why did you decide to do an apprenticeship and what did you study towards?

My line manager approached me to see if I would like to study towards an industry recognised qualification. NRG offer apprenticeships in recruitment and I opted for a Level 3 in Recruitment Practice. I knew this would be a great thing to do, adding professional accreditation to my name.

What did it involve?

It was a 2-year apprenticeship that I completed in just around 18 months. It covered everything from best practice, client relationships, sales and marketing and legislation culminating in an intensive 3-day course.

I provided a log of the job training as well as passing various verbal discussions. At the end of the course I had to complete a final project and verbal assessment. The assessment was conducted by a member of the REC. The project was a 3000-word assignment where I had to explain how I would deliver a recruitment project from start to finish for a client.

What does it mean for you professionally/personally?

I now have a Cert RP status, meaning that I have more credibility within my profession. I really like to learn and develop myself so I was really pleased to be able to complete it (and early too).

What advice would you give to anyone thinking of starting an apprenticeship?

If you’re on the fence about doing an apprenticeship, I say go for it! There are no downsides – you learn new skills, you gain a qualification, and it provides more opportunities for you to progress within your career.


Andrew Smart – Level 3 Business Administration

Tell us about your NRG journey

Following an extended break after the completion of my A-Levels I started at NRG in October 2018 age 18. I immediately began my Level 3 apprenticeship in Business Administration. The course incorporates large aspects of project management. Day to day I support consultants with tasks such as CV formatting, completing criminal record checks, and managing large reference and vetting projects.

Why did you decide to do an apprenticeship and what did you study towards?

Having completed my A-Levels, I wanted to pursue an option that enabled me to continue learning whilst earning and gaining more independence at the same time. NRG’s apprenticeships in recruitment allowed me to do that. The course itself is 18 months, which, upon completion is the equivalent of a further two A-Levels. The added benefit of an apprenticeship is having reputable work experience.

What did it involve?

Over the course of 18 months my tutor visited me regularly.  I had various assignments related to our business, and project management courses.  I applied this knowledge to a large-scale project I handled as part of the apprenticeship.

What does it mean for you professionally/personally?

From a personal point of view, I found the apprenticeship has been invaluable. It allowed me to pay for my own car as well as travelling often. I’ve been around Europe and have trips currently penciled in for Georgia, Azerbaijan, Ukraine, Hungary, Austria and Italy!

Professionally, although I have had previous work experience in a part-time role during sixth form, this has allowed me to gain important work experience as well as a valuable qualification at the same time, providing opportunities to progress within NRG.

What advice would you give to anyone thinking of starting an apprenticeship?

If you’re not certain about going to uni or feel stuck thinking what to do next, have a look at an apprenticeship! The lifestyle needn’t be dissimilar to that of uni with weekends to yourself. Plus you earn an income and gain a valuable qualification.


Karl Brandon – Level 3 Recruitment Consultant

Tell us about your NRG journey

I’ve been at NRG for about 4 and a half years. I currently work as part of the IT recruitment team as a Specialist Consultant for roles within the Software Development market.

Why did you decide to do an apprenticeship and what did you study towards?

I enrolled in the apprenticeship program for a Level 3 Recruitment Consultant once I became aware that this offered certifications and associated status that would benefit my career in recruitment.

What did it involve?

Apprenticeships in recruitment are done entirely within normal working hours. The course involved regular sessions with a training assessor to cover various topics within recruitment. There were also shadowing work sessions so that my progress could be tracked and evaluated. I received valuable training and one-to-one sessions from my colleagues at NRG which contributed immensely towards my qualification. This was all done over a 12-month period before I progressed to the final exam and assessment with the REC.

What does it mean for you professionally/personally?

Achieving my MIRP CertRP status has helped me professionally and supported my credibility as a specialist recruiter. On a more personal level, it felt great to have completed the qualification with a distinction and I’m proud to be able to display the post-nominals after my name.

What advice would you give to anyone thinking of starting an apprenticeship?

I’ve always been a big advocate for apprenticeships. Having completed two myself I think they are a great way for people to learn valuable skills and knowledge and combine them with real-world experiences in a commercial setting. You also receive great support and guidance and get to work alongside some real industry professionals.

 

Here at NRG we’re proud to provide opportunities for our team to further their careers, broaden their horizons and gain valuable experience for both professional and personal growth.