Textile Technical Specialist Apprenticeship Level 4

Do you like using and understanding how computer systems work? Do you have good analytical, people management and communication skills? If so, check out the Textile Technical Specialist Apprenticeship and learn all the tricks of the trade!

Jobs and entry criteria 

The Textile Technical Specialist apprenticeship will help you learn skills to specialise in Technical Weaving or Technical Finishing. Jobs that you could go on to do after the apprenticeship are Finishing Manager, Finishing Technician or Production Manager. With the average salary for a Production Manager being 43k. This career sector is one that can open up doors to many well paid jobs.

No need to worry about your academic grades. All you need to apply is a Level 2 in English and Math. This can also be completed during the apprenticeship. Apprenticeships are open to a wide range of people, show enthusiasm and you will go far!

Key responsibilities

The main role of a Textile Technical Specialist is to oversee the weaving production in a textiles manufacturing company. To succeed in this role you will need to be organised and communicate well.

A Textile Technical Specialist also needs to:

  • Make sure the factory and machinery work well
  • Use computer programs
  • Have good relationships with clients
  • Manage fabric production
  • Manage people involved in the production

Core Competencies

As a Textile Technical Specialist, your day to day work will look like:

  • Use computer systems to plan and program on site machinery
  • Deal with customers over telephone or email
  • Oversee the fabric production and get directly involved
  • Carry out machine programming and scientific analysis

After learning the basics, you can choose to specialise in Technical weaving or Technical finishing. The modules will split into these two specialised areas where you’ll only learn about your chosen field.

Knowledge modules and vendor exams

As a Textile Technical Specialist, you will need to know many skills. Including the following:

  • Principles of health, safety & welfare
  • All about the textiles sector
  • Textiles supply chain
  • Quality Management Systems
  • Weaving machinery
  • Fibre production
  • Finishing processes
  • Use and disposal of chemicals

Conclusion

To conclude, the Level 4 Textile Technical Specialist Apprenticeship is a great starting point to kick start your career in the area. The skills you learn will help you in future jobs. And you can earn whilst you learn on the job.

If you’re interested in the apprenticeship check out the IFA’s article for extra information. Level 4 Textile Technical Specialist Apprenticeship

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Could You Be A Science Industry Maintenance Technician?

Do you want to work in an industry at the leading edge of technology? With opportunities at companies such as AstraZeneca, GSK, Ineos and Pfizer, there has never been a better time to become a Science Industry Maintenance Technician!

What is a Science Industry Maintenance Technician?

A science industry maintenance technician helps to ensure creation and maintenance of safe operation of science industry plant through the installation, maintenance, testing and repair of mechanical, electrical equipment and instrumentation. This role requires proactivity to help find solutions to problems and identify areas where their working environment can be improved. As well as core engineering skills, maintenance technicians need to follow safe working practices, specific to this industry. Work varies, using specialist safety equipment, completing shift work and working on sites running 365 day operations.  

Science industry maintenance technicians work in a wide range of companies, including, but not exclusively, chemical, petrochemical, polymer, primary and secondary pharmaceutical, biotechnology, formulated products, engineering and nuclear manufacturing.

What Skills Do You Need?

Achieved a minimum of Grade C at Level 2 (GCSE) in:

  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Any Science Technology Engineering Mathematics (STEM) subject.

What Skills Are Desirable?

  • Strong Communication – You will be working with various stakeholders, therefore communicating effectively using a full range of skills will be required: Speaking, Listening, Writing, Body Language and Presentation.
  • Teamwork – Ensuring you are a team player, working effectively as part of your team.
  • Independence – The ability to take responsibility for your own work.
  • Proactivity – Initiating and completing tasks at work.
  • Awareness – Understanding of the impact your work on others.
  • Time Management – Ensuring work is completed on schedule and to an excellent standard.
  • Adaptability – To be able to react to change in a positive manner.
  • Perseverance – Pursue excellence in the face of adversity.
  • Willingness To Learn! – Someone who is motivated to improve.

What Skills Will You Gain?

  • Understand and follow internal and external regulatory procedures in order to meet the quality standards set out by both your employer and the industry regulators.
  • Understand your business’s Goals and Objectives. Taking into account your own role within the organisation and how you can help to meet those objectives.
  • Maintaining systems and equipment that are relevant to your discipline, whilst following regulatory procedures (or multiple if required by your job role).
  • Apply techniques to identify and solve problems before they can arise, this applies to all aspects of the job role. (This can include systems, components, and inter-personal relations)
  • Understand and display relevant technical knowledge within your discipline.
  • Understanding how to identify end of life issues with equipment.
  • Understand and apply information taken from briefs, engineering documents, specifications, manuals and databases.
  • Input and interpret data accurately and efficiently.

Why Should You Apply?

  • This apprenticeship takes place over a minimum of 36 months, where you will learn valuable skills from your paid employment whilst receiving the specialist training from your Apprenticeship provider.
  • Upon completion you will have achieved a: Level 3 (Advanced) qualification – Equivalent to 2 A-levels
  • Salary during employment (to be confirmed by the employer) and a potential base salary upon completion of £29,000 per annum.
  • Opportunities in industries including but not limited to automotive, biotechnology, chemical, engineering, formulated products, nuclear manufacturing, petrochemical, polymer, primary and secondary pharmaceutical.
  • It’s an excellent opportunity to kickstart or accelerate your career in the STEM industry!

Conclusion

The Level 3 Science Industry Maintenance Technician Apprenticeship is an amazing opportunity for career growth. With so many recognisable industry leaders taking on Apprentices, now is an excellent time to consider this career path. You will gain many desirable soft and hard skills that will make you an invaluable asset to the industry. You may choose to continue with your current employer or see where your experience and knowledge can take you in the industry. There is also further opportunity to study with at a higher level with an example of a Level 6 Science Industry Process Plant Engineer building upon the skills gained at level 3 to help design and manufacture chemical, biological or science-based technologies. The options and opportunities within the industry continue to grow as more resources are invested into apprenticeships, with both employers and apprentices seeing a bright future in the industry!

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What Is Paid Search and What Does It Have to Do with Digital Marketing?

Typically, when people think of Digital Marketing, most immediately think of Social Media Marketing as being the only Discipline. However, there are multiple Digital Marketing Channels, with Search making up a huge proportion of Digital Media Ad Spend, you probably see Paid Search in action every day without realising…

What is Paid Search Advertising?

Paid Search or Search Engine Advertising (SEA) is Advertising on a Search Engine such as Google or Bing. Ads appear at the top of the Search Engine Results Page (SERP) before organic website listings. Any results on the SERP which are advertisements will have the word Ad just before them. These are paid for through a Cost Per Click model (CPC), meaning that every time a user clicks on an Ad the Advertiser is charged a fee, these fees vary based on search interest, competition, and the type of keywords they have chosen to advertise on.

This differs from Search Engine Optimisation (SEO) where your website is built out and optimised to the algorithms and processes that various Search Engines employ to find users the most relevant content/websites for their search query.

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What Is the Benefit?

With Paid Search you can see what public interest is showing in real time, allowing you to optimise your campaigns to current events. It allows us to:

  • Capture the Right Audience – Those who are searching for our keywords
  • At The Right Time – When those searches occur
  • In The Right Place – Where the query takes place
  • With The Right Ad – With A relevant message
  • At the Right Cost – At a reasonable CPC

Imagine you’re advertising Allergy Medicine, you can target the right audience (allergy sufferers), at the right time (Peak Allergy season when Pollen count is high), in the right place (on Google or Bing), with the right Ad (Ad copy tailored to specific keyword focus) at the right cost (better quality ads mean a lower CPC).

This is the key benefit of paid search; it produces fast results and allows you to utilise trends and events to your advantage.

What Are the Metrics?

  • CPC = Cost Per Click

The amount actually paid for the click

  • CTR = Click Through Rate

The amount of people who click on the ad vs the amount of people who saw the ad

  • IS = Impression Share

Number of impressions received vs the number of impressions the campaign was eligible to receive

  • QS = Quality Score

A diagnostic metric that factors into Ad Rank and is a strong indicator of strength of your ads.

  • CPA = Cost Per Action

How much you have paid to attain a conversion (does not have to be a purchase)

  • ROAS = Return on Ad Spend

How much revenue you have generated vs every £1 spent on advertising.

Paid Search metrics do not live in isolation, a change in one metric can impact another. Therefore, when working in paid search it is important to look at all metrics together, not in isolation.

What Makes Up A Search Campaign?

A Search Campaign is structured as follows:

Account > Campaign > Ad Groups > Keywords/Ads/Landing Pages

There are 5 Steps to Creating a SEA campaign:

  1. Define Your Keyword List – What do you want to target? Select keywords that are relevant to your business that you believe will help generate leads, you can use tools such as Google Keyword Planner to give suggestions and insights on search interest. You should also include Brand keywords that include your Brand name and separate the rest as Generic (eg. Nike Tennis Shoes – Brand, Tennis Shoes – Generic).
  2. Create Your Campaigns – Lets create a campaign. Choose the campaign focus (generate leads, target ROAS, create awareness). Your campaign will likely need to be split into multiple campaigns targeting Brand and Generic search terms.
  3. Create Your Ad Groups – Categorise your keywords, are some of them more focused on a certain topic or are they at different stages of the consumer journey? Consider these factors when creating the Ad Groups in a campaign.
  4. Build Your Ads – Now that you have your Ad Groups set up you can begin to create your Ads. Ads consist of Headlines (Maximum of 15) and Descriptions (Maximum of 4), this allows the Engine to effectively tailor ads to the search query, ensuring the user sees the most relevant ad possible. Ad in as many relevant Headlines and Descriptions as you can to allow the engine to work at it’s best (add your keywords into the headlines for an added benefit) You can have a maximum of 3 Ads per Ad Group. Think about the focus of the Ad Group when creating your Ads to help with relevancy.
  5. Select Your Landing Page – Finally, choose which page of your website the ad will direct the user to, this will have a large effect on your Ad Strength as if the Ad is not relevant to the Page it is sending users to, the Search Engine will rank it as less relevant, meaning it will appear less frequently unless you pay more to boost its position.

What Else Can You Do?

This is just a basic overview of a Search Campaign, this can be expanded further with different Ad types, Keyword Match types, Bid Strategies, Extensions, and other performance features.

Search is complex, as with each topic explained, another 3 will unravel themselves. It is something that takes time to understand, and it is difficult to master as there are always ongoing updates, optimisations and new strategies to get the best out of your campaigns. However, it is an invaluable tool to businesses and is seeing increased investment every year as the Digital Advertising Landscape continues to explode.

Conclusion

Paid Search is one discipline of Digital Marketing, and this overview will give you a head start in your Digital Marketing Apprenticeship! Digital Marketing Apprentices will be expected to display knowledge of Search during their Apprenticeship. You will also get the opportunity to learn about Social Media Advertising, SEO, Coding, Programmatic and Display advertising. If you want to learn more about Search Advertising, check out the links at the bottom of this post which will take you to Google, and Bings dedicated search support pages. Google also offer training courses through Google Skillshop, allowing you to expand your knowledge in the world of Search.

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All You Need To Know About Nuclear Scientist and Nuclear Engineering Integrated Degree Apprenticeships!

A Nuclear Engineer (or a Nuclear Scientist) can fall under many names; Physicist, Research Scientist, Quality Engineer… This role is certainly not limited, nor is it small. If you have a knack for engineering and want to explore the scientific side of things, then look no further – we’re here to tell you everything you need to know about joining a Nuclear Engineering apprenticeship!

In this blog, we’re going to delve into a Level 6 apprenticeship, otherwise known as an ‘Integrated Degree’. This apprenticeship will typically last around 3-5 years, to offer a balance between hands on, work-based experience and academic time. Degree apprenticeships are great to go about learning your role in an exclusive hands-on way, at the same time as receiving academic achievement.

Jobs and entry criteria for Nuclear and Scientific Engineers

A Nuclear Engineering Apprenticeship means you’ll will be able to operate in high tech, complex environments safely, and will have a solid, core knowledge on engineering and scientific principles and practices. This role branches out into all aspect and will certainly keep you on your toes. You’ll be dabbling in (but not limited to): design, operation management, plant performance enhancements and maintenance of safety standards. It will be a constant role of realizing any issues, and adapting and overcoming with analytical thinking and new, innovative solutions. This role typically lands at around £20K – £35K per annum. Company dependent, can be even higher as you gain experience. Nuclear engineering apprenticeships take passion and dedication, as well as the willingness to learn.

Typically, to land yourself as a Nuclear Scientist and Nuclear Engineer, it will be dependent on the company employing you. Here’s what we have as a baseline…

  • Five passed GCSE’s (C or above) in Maths, English and at least one Science.
  • Usually, applicants have at least 96 UCAS points
  • Alternatively, an existing and applicable Level 3 Apprenticeship.

It is also useful to get prior relevant experience where possible. After completing this apprenticeship, the candidate will hold a Level 6 qualification – equivalent to a Bachelor’s degree.

What are the Nuclear Engineering apprenticeships’ key responsibilities?

Throughout your role, you will carry out a list of roles that are all built into the job. Below are some of the typical roles you can be expected to fill. However, they are not limited to this list. There’s always something new on the job!

Some examples are:

  • Working competently and technically to observe and monitor health, understand, and carry out risk assessments and safeguard
  • To be able to use and apply engineering and scientific principles to problems and solve them
  • Specify, manage, conduct and report on nuclear projects
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the Regulatory requirements within your role and internationally
  • Apply the standards for nuclear professional practice – as required by the industry

This list doesn’t touch all bases, but gives a solid idea of the kind of work you’ll be undertaking. To find out more info about the kind of work you’ll be doing, check here!

Engineering apprenticeships take concentration, a willingness to learn and get hands on, and the ability to monitor your own work.

What are your core competencies?

As you work through your role, you’ll (of course!) need to follow and learn certain behaviours/competencies. Typically, this position will consist of:

  • Communicating effectively with your surrounding peers with specific language and knowledge.
  • Work reliantly, autonomously, and effectively with those around you
  • Demonstrate supportive and committed behaviour, and understand consequences
  • Take on the responsibility to challenge any unsafe or irregular behaviours and conditions in the workplace, and understand the risk of such
  • Manage time effectively and personally

Of course, there’s more behaviours to understand as you work through the role; The main behaviour is to be enthusiastic. Advocate for the industry – enjoy it! Nuclear Engineering Apprenticeships mean you’ll be doing a lot of independent work and learning.

Overview

Apprenticeships will always provide you with readied opportunities; learning through hands on experiences is valuable and sought after. Qualified engineers and scientists will have a constant pull of demand, and with the Level 6 apprenticeship, you’re ready with a degree and years of training. Learn more about your role! You’re also eligible to apply for professional registration as an Incorporated Engineer (IEng). Degree apprenticeships are fantastic forgiving you experience and on the job knowledge. They opening up more opportunities in the future!

A guide to the End Point Assessment for your Level 3 Digital Marketing Apprenticeship

Are you starting or currently undertaking a Level 3 Digital Marketing Apprenticeship? Unsure how the End-Point Assessment works? Look no further!

Overview

Once you have completed your training and passed your Level 3 Marketing Principles Certification, Level 3 Principles of Coding Certification and Google Analytics Individual Qualification, you are ready to start your End-Point Assessment (EPA).

The EPA takes place in the final few months of your apprenticeship, using four assessment methods:

PortfolioEmployer Reference
This will be an accumulation of everything you have accomplished in your job so far. A chance to show the knowledge and competency you have gained through the apprenticeship and how you apply this in your work. Your real work project overviews will include performance reports, customer service and feedback.Your line manager will provide some information on how they think you are performing at work and the progression you have made. This will include how you apply your knowledge and behaviours whilst undertaking tasks within your role.
Synoptic ProjectInterview
You will be given a pre-defined project set to show a selection of your knowledge, skills and behaviours. You will be given 4 days to complete this task. This is a chance to show you are consistent in your work and that you have an understanding of specific digital marketing areas that may not be included in your day-to-day role but you have learnt in the apprenticeship.This is an opportunity to gather any other information or evidence to support your knowledge and competency shown in your Portfolio and Synoptic Project. This allows you to expand and define your work to the assessor, this will include your EPA work and workplace tasks.

The EPA gives the assessor a cumulative overview of your performance against the specified standards, allowing them to make a judgement on if you have met or exceeded the standards. Using a variety of assessment methods ensures that the assessment of your work is a reflection of your performance and the quality of the work you produce for your company using the skills and knowledge you have gained whilst undertaking this apprenticeship.

Grading and Results

Following the completion of your End Point Assessment, the grading will take place by an independent assessor. Who will accumulate your submitted work before the interview and will partially assess. The interview will allow the assessor to explore your portfolio and synoptic project in more detail, validate and test your knowledge. After the interview the assessor will come to a final conclusion for your grade. You will be awarded with a single grade of; Pass, Merit or Distinction.

The criteria that the assessment and grading is made from is the below 3 points:

  • The What: What you have shown you are able to do
  • The How: How your work has been carried out
  • The With Whom: Who you have worked with, the internal and external work relationships you have built

If you have met the minimum expected criteria you will be awarded a Pass. To receive a Merit your work must have a number of dimensions that shows you work significantly above the minimum criteria. For a Distinction grade, the quality of all your work must be significantly above the minimum criteria.

Summary

In conclusion, if you are thinking about undertaking a Level 3 Digital Marketing Apprenticeship or have already started, your EPA will happen in the end months of your apprenticeship once you have passed the required exams. You will be focusing on your knowledge, competency and behaviours, aiming to be significantly above the expected criteria to gain a Pass, Merit or Distinction. If you want to find out more information about the different stages of the Level 3 Digital Marketing Apprenticeship, please take a look at the blogs section of Apprentice Tips.

This is a great apprenticeship to undertake, it provides you with all the skills and knowledge you need to excel in your role and career as long as you apply yourself. Please be mindful that each apprenticeship will be based upon how the company your work is ran, you may not always be placed in the department you wish for but you may have the option to rotate. Make sure to research which company and apprenticeship would work best for you. Good luck and enjoy!

Level 3 Engineering Technician Apprenticeship in the Leisure and Entertainment industry

Engineering Technician Apprenticeships in the Leisure and Entertainment industry - Earn while you earn

Would you like to earn while you learn? You can successfully achieve a level 3 qualification as well as full time on the job experience. Are you interested in the landing yourself in an Engineering Technician Apprenticeship? If yes, this might be the perfect opportunity for you to gain exposure in real life day to day activities!

What is the Leisure and Entertainment Sector?

Do you want to be responsible for the safe maintenance of park rides, machinery, and equipment? This is exactly what the sector entails! It is an exciting field to kick start your career and offers a wide range of opportunities that are not found in other sectors of work. Are you interested in learning about the engineering infrastructure of rides and attractions? You could potentially be working on the biggest theme parks – doesn’t this sound like the best job! Technicians play a vital role in maintaining the safety of rides which contributes massively to the customer experience.

What are the entry requirements for the Engineering Technician apprenticeship?

The entry requirements for the Engineering Technician Apprenticeship are typically as follows:

  • 5 GCSEs at Grade C or above – Including Maths and English
  • Must be 16 or over
  • Not already in full time education
  • Have a right to work in the UK

What will you learn to become a well-trained Engineering Technician?

There are so many opportunities to learn and develop your understanding of the Engineering industry! You will deliver outstanding customer user experience and gain skills in the following activities, for example, fault finding and diagnostic tests regularly, ensure all maintenance activities are conducted safely and comply with strict legislations. Above all, the qualification you will gain will equip you with the breadth of both mechanical and electrical engineering roles Consequently, you will receive two for the price of one, this is a great opportunity for you.

  • The Entertainment and Leisure industry and your role within it
  • Learn the principles of fault finding on rides and attractions
  • Principles of First Aid and supporting the evacuation of customers if there was a fault on the ride
  • Instrumentation and control principles and applications
  • Aligning to the Health, Safety, and Risk Assessment standards
  • Analytical, scientific, and mathematical methods to implement in your everyday role

Want to learn more about the industry?

The useful infographic below will provide you with a further insight into what you will be learning in the apprenticeship. Secondly, it will show whether you are willing to develop in these areas below to become an excellent trained Engineer!

List of the behaviours that you will learn doing an Engineering Technician Apprenticeship
Do these behaviours match with your individual characteristics?

Employment post the completion of your apprenticeship

Most importantly. you will be highly employable once you have completed your apprenticeship and earnt your recognised qualification. It’s important to realise that there are various roles you can go into including these:

  • Engineering Technicians
  • Maintenance Engineering Technicians
  • Electrical Engineering Technicians
  • Mechanical Engineering Technicians
  • Multi-skilled Engineering Technician
  • Ride Technicians

Companies you could be working with during your Engineering Technician Apprenticeship

There are many attraction companies you could potentially be working for. You can find out more information by using the links below to find out if this is something you would like to pursue as a career:

Conclusion

In conclusion, you can see that choosing this apprenticeship is an excellent chance for you to get yourself in the industry whilst gaining a nationally recognised qualification standard without the trouble of getting yourself into debt! Moreover, the apprenticeship will open many doors in the industry and therefore lead you to a successful career ahead. As shown above, the Engineering industry is an exciting one to be in as there are lots of opportunities to get involved in. Lastly, the apprenticeship will equip you with the main building blocks to boost your understanding and knowledge and after all become a well-rounded technician.

“The Engineering Technician Apprenticeship has been one of the best experiences I have ever done, there is so much to learn, and I’ve had the best opportunities to work on maintaining the safety of massive theme parks! As a result of my apprenticeship, I have landed myself in a full time role as a multi-skilled Engineering Technician.”

Jerry Smith
Alumni Apprentice

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Level 2 Maritime Mechanical and Electrical Mechanic Apprenticeship

Are you wanting a future career in the Royal Navy and Merchant Navy? Are you looking to be an Engineer? If so, read on to find out how the Level 2 Maritime Mechanical and Electrical Mechanic Apprenticeship could help start a new career.

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Job Role

Maritime mechanical and electrical mechanic’s work will be undertaking the testing, fault diagnosis and maintenance of electrical, mechanical and fluid power equipment on ships and submarines.

In your apprenticeship you will learn how to test common and specialist equipment and hand/machine tools by using of a range of measuring and diagnostic equipment to check the performance of the equipment and tools meet the required specification. You will understand and comply with statutory regulations and safety requirements.

Your daily tasks will include checking all machinery to ensure the ship remains operational. To do so, you will learn to maintain and operate technical equipment and fully understand a variety of advanced mechanical systems. The role will entail working individually and as part of a team, supporting the Chief Engineer in the maintenance and fault diagnosis of all the ships machinery and systems. You will be responsible for the quality and accuracy of your work.

Skills/Knowledge you will gain:

  1. Understand mathematical calculations and Engineering data/drawings appropriate to your role.
  2. Electrical, mechanical, pneumatic and fluid power engineering technology and principles.
  3. Know the basic operation and maintenance of mechanical and electrical equipment and systems used on board vessels.
  4. Understand the types/uses and the maintenance of electrical and mechanical hand tools and test equipment.
  5. Learn how to use electrical and mechanical hand tools and test equipment
  6. Undertake testing and maintenance on components, equipment and systems, making adjustments where applicable.
  7. Entry procedures and precautions for confined spaces.
  8. Understand and comply with health and safety regulations.

Behaviours Needed

There are certain behaviours that are expected of employees by Engineering organisations. This is in order for the employee to be successful in their role and meet the company objectives. The expected behaviours are:

  • Be able to follow Health, Safety and Environment practices
  • Having a strong work ethic
  • Being a dependable employee and taking responsibility of duties
  • Have a positive attitude
  • Be able to work effectively within a team and respectful of colleagues
  • Effective in every kind of communication
  • Be honest and have integrity
  • Be self-motivated
  • Able to make personal commitment and comply with the rules
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Entry Requirements

Individual employers will set the selection criteria for their apprenticeships.

Apprentices without Level 1 English and Maths will need to achieve this level and Apprentices without Level 2 English and Maths will need to take the tests for this level prior to taking the end-point assessment.

Duration of Apprenticeship

Typically 18 to 24 months including EPA period. To learn more about the EPA please see the linked PDF.

Typical Job Options

Maritime mechanical and electrical mechanic will typically work in either the Royal Navy as a Marine Engineer or Weapons Engineer, or the Royal Fleet Auxiliary or Merchant Navy as a Motorman. 

Summary

If you are wanting to pursue a career in the Navy or become an Engineer, Level 2 Maritime Mechanical and Electrical Mechanic Apprenticeship is a great way to start your journey. With this apprenticeship you have the opportunity to earn while you learn and open many doors for progression in your career. You will be working with likeminded people, who can offer you advise and support you with your career.

The engineering knowledge and skills used in the role can be transferred to other entry level engineering roles in other industries. You may even wish to take the next step and commence with Level 3 in Mechanical and Electrical Maritime Fitter.

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Level 4 Electrical Power Networks Engineering Apprenticeship

Level 4 Electrical Power Networks Engineering Apprenticeship

Are you looking for an alternative to university, and want to start you engineering career? If so, we have the perfect apprenticeship for you. This role will allow you to plan, manage and undertake a variety of engineering tasks involving the electrical network, and gain a level 4 qualification alongside 30 months of experience.

Job Summary

Electrical power network engineering involves 6 roles: Asset Management Engineer, Planning Engineer, Design Engineer, Control Engineer, Electrical Project Engineer and Operational Delivery Engineer. This role will involve safely planning, managing, maintaining, constructing, and repairing parts of the power network, solving electricity network problems, and working in teams with other engineers.

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Key Job Information:

  • Salary: Up to £27,000
  • Duration: 30 – 36 months
  • Entry requirements: 2 A levels at grade A-C in maths and a science, English GCSE grade A/B or an equivalent level 3 engineering qualification
  • Level: Level 4

Competencies required:

  • Organizational skills
  • Safe/risk aware
  • Problem solving
  • Teamwork and good communication
  • Manage expectations of stakeholders

What you will learn:

  • Electrical power principles
  • Design, operation, capabilities and limitations of electricity network
  • Safety and risk management
  • Company policy
  • Time management and communication with stakeholders
  • How to produce precise reports
  • How to create project plans
  • Learn to use company tools and IT systems

Different electrical network engineer roles:

Asset management engineer – You will help develop policy solutions for customers and stakeholders. Plan and develop network reinforcement plans and evaluate and make recommendations on equipment proposals. Also identify effect of low carbon on the network’s operation.

Planning engineer – You will build plans and manage conflicts, negotiate and confirm area plans and document and communicate planning decisions. Ensure assets comply with all policies and criteria, and accountability for resource and outage planning ownership.

Design engineer – You will turn company strategies into designs and make proposals about benefits of plant and equipment to be used. You will design approvals, wayleaves, consents, appropriate regulations and costing information, and account for effects of safety requirements and standards on designs and proposals.

Control engineer – You will control the electrical network, ensuring safety and efficiency and ensure security risks are minimized. Also manage operations to ensure a safe electricity supply and provide technical and operational advice. And gain necessary Control Engineer Authorization in-line with company requirements.

Electrical project engineer – You will project manage to ensure work is delivered on time and meets stakeholder requirements. Also Interpret criteria for project designs to fit the environment while also managing stakeholder relationships. You’ll produce final construction plans, takeover contractor management and issue, review and communicate safety requirements to onsite personnel. And ensure final hand back documentation is complete to specifications given.

Operational delivery engineer – You will meet design, safety, time and commercial requirements on a range of engineering activities. Take control of testing, maintenance and inspection and take responsibility of the team. Issue, review and communicate safety requirements to onsite personnel and ensure final hand back documentation is complete to specifications given.

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Engineering Apprenticeships

As well as working as an electrical network engineer, there are many other engineering apprenticeships available. These are also offered at different levels and vary in time and salary. You can find more engineering apprenticeships here.

Benefits of doing an apprenticeship

There are many benefits to doing an apprenticeship rather than going to university:

  • Gain experience and a qualification simultaneously and become more employable for the future
  • Get paid to learn (no student debt)
  • Learn about engineering on the job rather than in a classroom
  • Enter the industry without requiring a degree and go on to have a successful career
  • Meet people who have industry experience and network to help with your future career

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In addition, if you have any questions on this apprenticeship, or are interested in working in a different industry you can explore our website and message us on LinkedIn and Twitter!

A guide to Social Media for your Digital Marketing Apprenticeship

A guide to Social Media for your Digital Marketing Apprenticeship

Have you recently started or are looking to start a Digital Marketing Apprenticeship? Well Social media is a huge part of digital marketing, so if you want to learn the basics of social media keep reading…

What is Social media marketing?

Social media marketing is an aspect of digital marketing where a business promotes their product or services on social media platforms

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Examples of Social media platforms include:

  • Meta
  • Twitter
  • Reddit
  • TikTok
  • Snapchat
  • LinkedIn
  • Pinterest
  • and more

Organic vs Paid Social Media Marketing

There are 2 main types of social media marketing: Organic and Paid. Organic social is when a business posts content without spending money to reach more people, earning loyalty and growing their business organically. Paid social is when a business pays for campaigns on social platforms to reach more people and target specific demographics. Paid social requires setting up the campaign with specific goals in mind, such as: brand awareness, reach or traffic.

We’re going to be focusing on paid social…

What makes up a Paid Social campaign?

Audience:

One of the key parts of a paid social campaign is deciding the audience. You can target: age, location, device, gender, interests, and past user activity. For example: if you received a brief for the newest iPhone, you may want to target technology lovers, in the UK, aged 18-34.

Placements:

You also need to decide which ad placements you want to do for each platform. For example skippable vs non skippable ads, in feed, collection ads, carousel ads, stories etc.

Influencers:

Recently, influencers have become a huge part of paid social media marketing. With platforms such as TikTok and Instagram producing more and more influencers, brands can pay them to promote their product. You can do this in 2 main ways: Pay the influencer to create content advertising your product, which you can then post from the client’s account with paid reach, or the influencer can post the content from their account, and you can then boost the reach from the client’s account. The use of influencers is great for targeting specific groups of people with specific interests, and younger audiences who use TikTok, Instagram and Snapchat more than other platforms that have less influencers.

Tests:

Your client may also want you to perform an A/B test within your campaign. This is when you split the budget and run (usually 2) identical campaigns, changing 1 variable. This could be: campaign objective, placements, targeting, creative etc.

Measuring performance:

You also need to decide on a KPI (key performance indicator) for your campaign so you can measure success. These could be: increased revenue, increased traffic to website, brand perception, purchase intent and many more. To measure your KPI, you’ll use a metric such as revenue, link clicks, CTR, impressions etc. These help you conclude whether your campaign was successful, and how you can improve the campaign next time.

Ready for your Digital Marketing Apprenticeship?

Now that you’ve learnt the basics of Social Media Marketing, you are ready to start your digital marketing apprenticeship. This will include learning all areas of digital marketing such as search, display and programmatic, as well as social. Doing a digital marketing apprenticeship will help you gain experience, knowledge, and a qualification, to help you kick start your digital marketing career!

Learn more about digital marketing apprenticeships:

Click here to learn more about digital apprenticeships and the different qualifications you can earn!

So what can you do to learn more about paid social before your apprenticeship?

Most of the social media platforms offer training on how to use their ads manager platforms, such as Twitter flight school, which will help you get a head start with your paid social career. If you want to improve your general digital marketing knowledge, why not complete the Google Analytics exam, as employers will love to see this on your CV.

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What is the EPA (End Point Assessment)?

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If you are currently on an apprenticeship program that is concluding, then you may have heard the term EPA (End Point Assessment) which is the End Point Assessment and takes place at the end of the apprentice program. After an apprenticeship has completed 3 exams in Principles of coding, Marketing principles and the Google Analytics individual qualification., the EPA will be the next step.

The EPA is the final stage in an apprentice’s journey before a grade is awarded. It consists of a:

  • Portfolio
  • A project conducted away from the workplace
  • Employer reference
  • Interview

Each of the above will be assessed by an independent assessor and then award the apprentice with a pass, merit, or distinction grade.  Using different assessment standards, the apprentice is assessed on the quality of work, the application of skills, knowledge and behaviours specified in the standards.

Even though the EPA sounds daunting the apprentice would have already acquired skills without even releasing it such as:

  • Managing, planning, specifying, leading, and reporting on digital marketing projects.
  • Applying a marketing mix to meet customers’ expectations.        
  • Implementing content for the different audiences, and online channels and creating clear CTA and user’s journey
  • Applying the 4 marketing principles:
  • Product
  • Price
  • Place
  • Promotion
  • Interpreting, communicating, and briefing internal and external stakeholders on digital business requirements.
  • An understanding of the principles of coding
  • Managing and optimising key channels and content within a digital marketing plan.
Assessment methods
What are the assessment methods?

The 4 elements of the EPA in more detail.

Summative Portfolio

A collection of work that includes evidence of the knowledge, competence, and behaviour of the apprentice. Competencies that could be included within the portfolio are written communication, research, technologies, data, and customer service.

Synoptic Project

This project is like the other projects that the apprentices would have completed within their duration of being an apprentice., but this will take place away from the workplace.  This project will also not be related to the apprentice’s current place of employment and will take place over 5 days. But will include previous competencies that they should be familiar with.

Employer Reference

A statement shows how the apprentice has demonstrated technical competencies required from the apprenticeship standard within their day-to-day role. Including specific details of what the apprentice does, how they do it and whom they did it with, where this is applicable.

Interview

The final part of the assessment will be an interview conducted by an independent assessor. Talking points will include what and how an apprentice has done and how they have done it.  The independent assessor will also have marked the portfolio and the synoptic project.

The interview will cover what an apprentice has:

  • submitted in the portfolio
  • produced in the synoptic project
  • cover the standard of their work, as evidenced in the portfolio and the project
  • approached the work submitted in the portfolio and the project

 After the interview, the grading choice will be given. An EPA is the final hurdle for an apprentice and once completed the apprentice will then receive a certificate to confirm the official, industry-recognised apprenticeship qualification.

What next?
What next?

What next?

Once you have finished your current apprenticeship you may be left wondering what now?

Well, you can go on to further study digital marketing by completing different levels of apprenticeship such as:

Level 4 – Marketing Executive Apprenticeship

Roles: Marketing Executive, Marketing Manager, Marketing Specialist, Marketing & Communications Executive, Marketing Account Manager

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Duration: 15 months

Level 6 – Marketing Manager Apprenticeship

Roles: Digital Marketing Executive, Marketing & Communications Executive, Social Media Manager, SEO Specialist, Marketing Campaign Manager, Executive Content Creator, Digital Marketing Account Manager, Social Media Specialist, Digital Marketing Lead

Duration: 36 months

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