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What level of apprenticeship should I do?

What level of apprenticeship should I do?

Posted: 1st of April 2015 by Lynette Daly

If you are considering the apprenticeship route, you probably want to know what levels of apprenticeship are available and which one would be right for you based on your prior learning and attainment.

The History and Tradition of April Fool’s Day

The History and Tradition of April Fool’s Day

Posted: 1st of April 2015 by Tom Clover

Today (April 1) is April Fools’ Day. While not a recognised holiday in any country, there will be those who dread the day full of pranks and practical jokes, while some relish the chance to play tricks on others. Recognised in countries including Canada, Australia, Brazil, and the United States, April Fool’s Day even has an impact on the media, with many outlets enjoying the chance to make up false reports to try and trick the public. But where did the tradition start, and why?

Theatrical Media Make Up students unleash their talents at Rowing Championships

Theatrical Media Make Up students unleash their talents at Rowing Championships

Posted: 1st of April 2015 by Karen O'Connor

The College of Haringey, Enfield and North East London’s Theatrical Media Make-up students took their talents to the National Junior Indoor Rowing Championships in the Lee Valley Leisure Centre last week (Friday 20 March). Armed with stencils, air brushes, wax, paint fake blood and lots of creativity the learners set about giving the rowing participants the theatrical makeover of black eyes, gaping wounds and tattoos in a bid to show off their talents.

Could You Use A Little Creativity In Your Job Interview?

Could You Use A Little Creativity In Your Job Interview?

Posted: 31st of March 2015 by Tom Clover

Interviews are hardly the most relaxing of experiences. Waiting outside the interview room, dressed up in your best clothes, and hoping to impress whoever you are supposed to meet in order to land a job (or apprenticeship) isn’t most people’s idea of fun. It is, for example, quite a long way from sitting about chatting with friends and swapping stories about your weekend. However, maybe with a little creative thinking you could use some of the skills from how you interact with your friends to improve your interview technique?

How apprenticeships are helping to plug the UK skills gap in STEM subjects

How apprenticeships are helping to plug the UK skills gap in STEM subjects

Posted: 31st of March 2015 by Lynette Daly

In 2012 there were just 20 apprenticeship achievers in science and maths- by 2014 there were 280, which is great news both for young people looking for an alternative route to full-time university study into a scientific career, for employers looking to people to drive their business forward and for the UK economy.

Would You Work For Nothing? (And Why You Might Consider It!)

Would You Work For Nothing? (And Why You Might Consider It!)

Posted: 30th of March 2015 by Tom Clover

If you were asked to work for no pay, chances are you would say ‘no’ right away, and of course that would make perfect sense. After all, why would you give up your time and offer your skills without getting anything in return? Doesn’t it devalue your talents? Of course, working for nothing is a bad idea, as you surely want to be compensated for your work. But what if your ‘pay’ came in a form that was not financial? What if you got something else out of offering your time and energy to an employer without the promise of being paid any money? Suddenly a whole new way of seeing the situation opens up, and the idea of working without a wage becomes a consideration.

East London College

East London College

Posted: 30th of March 2015 by Harinder Dhillon

“KNOWLEDGE IS OF TWO KINDS. WE KNOW A SUBJECT OURSELVES, OR WE KNOW WHERE WE CAN FIND INFORMATION ON IT.” SAMUEL JOHNSON (1709 - 1784), QUOTED IN BOSWELL'S LIFE OF JOHNSON"

Things You’ll Learn On An Apprenticeship

Things You’ll Learn On An Apprenticeship

Posted: 27th of March 2015 by Tom Clover

With the range of apprenticeships increasing all the time, the things you will learn while working as an apprentice will depend on exactly what work you are doing. You may learn a specific trade with its own set of skills, or you may learn a more transferable set of skills while on an apprenticeship.

Ever Considered Setting Up Your Own Business?

Ever Considered Setting Up Your Own Business?

Posted: 27th of March 2015 by Tom Clover

Have you ever dreamed of being your own boss, growing your own business, and making your own decisions rather than working for someone else? If so, you might want to consider applying for a New Enterprise Allowance from the Department of Work and Pensions. This will offer you both support and financial aid while you get your self-employment up and running!

College hosts National Volunteering Week volunteers’ fair

College hosts National Volunteering Week volunteers’ fair

Posted: 27th of March 2015 by Karen O'Connor

The College of Haringey, Enfield and North East London hosted a National Volunteering Week volunteers fair last week (16 – 20 March 2015), which consisted of a range of employers visiting the College and talking to students about volunteering opportunities and how they can help the wider community. Students also organised a range of fundraising activities over the course of the week.

4 Quick Tips For Your Apprenticeship Application

4 Quick Tips For Your Apprenticeship Application

Posted: 26th of March 2015 by Tom Clover

So, you have found the apprenticeship you would like to go for (if not you can search openings right here on NotgoingToUni), and now all you need to do is apply. Applying for an Apprenticeship is like applying for a regular job, as you need to sell yourself and prove that you are the right person for the role. This may seem daunting, especially if you have never applied for an apprenticeship (or a job) before. You might not be used to having to sell your skill and stand out from the crowd to get accepted for a position. Perhaps you have always just got on with things at school and college, letting yourself go with the flow, year-by-year. All of a sudden it can seem that you are faced with a need to compete, but don’t worry, our quick tips will make sure your application doesn’t let you down!

Keep going – you’re almost at the exam finish line

Keep going – you’re almost at the exam finish line

Posted: 25th of March 2015 by Lynette Daly

Whether you are in year 11 getting ready to start your GCSE exams or whether you’re preparing for your A-level exams it’s the time of year when you start to feel a bit frantic and probably overwhelmed by the amount of work that you’ve got to do.

Looking For Work? It’s Not All Just Networking!

Looking For Work? It’s Not All Just Networking!

Posted: 25th of March 2015 by Tom Clover

Pretty much everybody who has got a job will be all too happy to offer you some advice about how to get one yourself. They will come out with all sorts of useful pieces of advice, such as how it is important to network to find a job, or that you have to start at the bottom and work your way up. Such advice is OK for many circumstances, but such clichéd views can come with their own problems. In fact, there are many nuances to getting a job, as with anything else in life. It depends who you are, where you are, and what you want to do – not to mention all of the different possible views and perceptions of the people you are dealing with (employers, etc). However, there are some clichéd pieces of career advice that can still hold up – so long as you give them a little clarification for today’s job market.

‘Standout’ competition launched by ACCA - top finance professionals offer their expert advice and guidance for career success

‘Standout’ competition launched by ACCA - top finance professionals offer their expert advice and guidance for career success

Posted: 25th of March 2015 by Zara Hutchins

Senior leaders from HSBC, The Ritz Hotel and Pinewood Studios are offering their expert career advice to five lucky winners of an ACCA Competition. The winners of ‘Standout’ competition will get career-boosting advice from five gurus, including personalised career coaching, a day work shadowing them, tailor-made careers advice and an exclusive tour of the company’s headquarters.

Have you got what it takes to work in sales?

Have you got what it takes to work in sales?

Posted: 24th of March 2015 by Lynette Daly

With predicted future openings of 241,000 and an anticipated average salary of £38k, the role of business development manager or account manager in sales is a pretty good career option for you if you have the gift of the gab.

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