Level 4 Oral Health Practitioner Apprenticeship

Have you always wanted a career in the dental industry? Or to learn how to care and educate those who need help with their oral health? If that appeals to you, read on to find out more about the Level 4 Oral Health Practitioner Apprenticeship and begin your journey to a rewarding career.

The Role Profile of an Oral Health Practitioner Apprentice

Being an Oral Health Practitioner apprentice requires you to have a high level of autonomy and responsibility when carrying out your work. Under the direction of a dentist, Oral Health practitioners will perform an array of oral health procedures to prevent poor oral health. This involves working in the patient’s mouth and applying fluoride varnish, tooth brushing, taking impressions and taking clinical photographs. As an Oral Health Practitioner, your role will fit alongside other dental professionals, working at a level above a dental nurse but below dentists.

Dental Professional Performing Procedure

In addition to working with dentists, Oral Health Practitioners work within the community to deliver helpful information about Oral Health. Interacting with a range of ages, you will visit schools, care homes, and hospitals to educate people about Oral Health. Furthermore, you will provide general health screenings in addition to oral health checks, to ensure that the whole health of the individual is being cared for. This may include checks for diabetes, blood tests and blood pressure checks.

Daily Duties of an Oral Health Practitioner

As an Oral Health Practitioner, you will:

  • Work with a number of different people of varying ages and abilities
  • Plan community sessions and work with stakeholders
  • Prepare the dental and clinical equipment and patient records for all sessions
  • Be responsible for infection control and keeping a safe, clinical environment
  • Examine patient’s mouths for dental plaque indices and debris scores
  • Directed by a dentist, you will apply fluoride to patient’s mouths
  • Be responsible for taking clinical photographs of patient’s mouths
  • Teach and assist people with dental healthcare tasks, such as brushing their teeth
  • Conduct general health screenings including blood tests and blood pressure checks
  • Educate people about their oral health
  • Motivate people to change their oral health habits, such as stopping smoking
  • Refer patients to dentists when necessary
  • Refer patients to other healthcare professionals when needed
Clean and Sterile Dental Office

What is required of an Oral Health Practitioner:

As an Oral Health Practitioner, it is important that you are an understanding and caring individual who treats people with respect and dignity. As well as this, you must be able to work as part of a team, and be able to speak up when needed. You must follow best practice and be a reliable member of the healthcare team.

How to become an Oral Health Practitioner Apprentice

To become an Oral Health Practitioner Apprentice, you must currently be a dental nurse or other relevant registered dental care worker with the General Dental Council.

If you do not have level 2 English and Maths qualifications, these will need to be completed before end point assessment.

Conclusion

The Level 4 Oral Health Practitioner Apprenticeship is an amazing opportunity for those looking to progress in their dental career. Providing opportunities to progress once qualified, this career path is perfect for ambitious individuals with a passion for helping others. This apprenticeship will provide you with the key skills to flourish in the health and sciences sector, as well as the opportunity to provide care and help for those who need it every day.

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Level 4 Mammography Associate Apprenticeship

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Have you always wanted to work for the NHS? or wondered how to train to be a mammographer? If so, read on to find out how you could become an apprentice mammography associate. Help and support women with their wellbeing and health by learning and undertaking mammography of individuals as part of the NHS breast screening programme.

Occupational profile of Mammography Associate

The primary role of a mammography associate will be to undertake mammography of individuals, including individuals which have symptoms of breast disease. By the end of your apprenticeship, you will be expected to have a good understanding of breast anatomy, physiology and pathology. You will also be able to tell clinical signs and symptoms of breast cancer and be able to apply your knowledge of ionising radiation regulations. 

You will be taught technical skills in operating equipment in the breast screening programme, such as the specialised mammography equipment, and you will be responsible for monitoring the equipment’s functions and performance. You will learn how to use the specialised equipment to produce consistently high-quality images to meet the NHS Breast Screening Programme Standards.

Mammography associate performing a mammogram on patient

Responsibilities of Mammography Associate

Within the NHS, you will be working in a sector that can be sensitive, challenging, and will require a lot of discipline, and you will need to promote and maintain a professional practice. You will have responsibility for not only the specialised equipment, but for individuals in the NHS Breast Screening Programme, and the work environment. You will be expected to prepare and safely operate the specialised mammography equipment within standard operating procedures. You will also be expected to prepare and take care of individuals in the programmes, reassuring, advising, and supporting them during this sensitive time, you will be expected to have effective interpersonal and communication skills to help with this. 

During the role, you will be responsible for maintaining comprehensive and accurate records, using the information management systems. You will have the duty to perform and record routine regulatory quality control tests on all specialised equipment in the sector.

Mammography associates must act in a professional manner at all times, treating individuals with respect and dignity, as well as respecting individuals’ beliefs, culture, and values. Adopting an empathetic and discrete approach to situations, and demonstrating the courage to challenge yourself within the role and challenge areas of concern. You will be able to deliver a high-quality experience to all women during their time within the Breast Screening Programme and be committed to the role. 

Qualification requirements for the Level 4 Mammography Associate

The mammography associate apprenticeship provides an opportunity to work and learn within the breast imaging workforce, working in a team to help support women in the community. This apprenticeship provides an excellent opportunity for starting on a pathway into the NHS, which offers excellent career progression and learning opportunities.

The entry-level requirements for this level 4 mammography associate are a level 2 in English and Maths. Apprentices with our level 2 in English and Maths will be expected to achieve this prior to the end-point assessment. For apprentices with prior education, health and care plan, or a legacy statement, a level 3 in English and Maths (British Sign Language qualification is an alternative to English for applicants whom this is their primary language). This gives everyone the chance to succeed and come out highly qualified at the end of the apprenticeship.

Conclusion

The level 4 mammography associate position is an excellent opportunity and starting point for anyone willing to take on the challenge of working in the health, care and science sector. The skills learnt during the apprenticeship will open up a range of progression opportunities in the field and will give you a range of work experience you can’t find at other places of work. In addition to the skills you will learn, you will also earn, allowing applicants of any age to work in the NHS Breast Screening Programme. This apprenticeship will give you a range of opportunities and experiences, allowing you to learn and grow in a rewarding career. 

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Digital Marketing Magic

Digital marketing is essential for any and all brands. Creating an impact across all channels increases the brand revenue, awareness as well as brand image massively. Working within digital marketing to make this happen for a brand is magical! We’ll be sharing the different areas you can go into below.

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Social Media Marketing

Social media is huge right? It is actually 4.95 billion people, huge! According to The Digital Overview Report, that is nearly 63% of the world using social media regularly. Social media is a key element to digital marketing, looking for all the potential customers for your client to target across the key social media platforms coupled with choosing and placing strong performing formats.

You have the chance to partner with Instagram, Facebook, TikTok, Snapchat, Youtube, LinkedIn as well as Pinterest. By creating exciting campaigns for your client, measuring success by developing your analysis and digital tool skills. Find more about the skills you can develop here. Additionally, check out Apprentice Now’s blogs on Social Media here.

SEO Marketing

There are many key elements that make up SEO (search engine optimization), one of these being keywords, together with all the coding that goes into a website. But what are keywords, exactly? Keywords are words and phrases that the target audience use to find online content, and brands can then use to connect with those who are looking for their products and services.

You will learn how to value a site based on coding, improve the site by the successful use of digital tools and watch the site ranking improve day-on-day! Google ranks a site based on Google uses crawlers to crawl, scan and index every website page. The website then gets ranked based on Google’s opinion of its authority and usefulness to the end-user.

Find out more about SEO, what it is and the apprenticeships available now here!

Display Marketing

Within display marketing you have the opportunity to partner with a huge choice of magazines and newspaper titles to create brilliant campaigns and results. Furthermore, build strong professional relationships with the media owners, developing your skills meanwhile creating great campaigns for happy clients.

You will discover an abundance of formats from superhero, carousel to MPUs, choosing the best format for your client brief to attract your target audience the most efficiently! Find out more about Display Marketing and the apprenticeships available.

Email Marketing

Email marketing builds customer relationships, launched easily and effectively as well as creates brand recognition. You use email marketing to promote the clients brand, business and services by creating customer loyalty through email communication. Keeping the brands customers in the loop about latest news, products, discounts, etc.

It is a simple, yet effective way to increase client revenue, sending emails through a custom made mailing list. Check out roles, education schemes and more about Email Marketing now!

Other Options

Within digital you have other options such as: Search Marketing, PPC, Content Marketing, Mobile Marketing, SEM, Influencer Marketing and more! To find out more on all the other channels and paths you can go into click here.

Marketing is a huge industry, fast-moving and exiting! The industry provides you will many transferable skills such as organization, communication, problem solving, analysis, and many technical and digital tool skills. These skills will set you up for the basis of great marketing, as well as the ability to transfer into other departments successfully.

Check out the roles available on Apprentice Now, along with the training you under go here.

Past apprentices have created a page where you can review each apprenticeship and if this department would be the best fit for you, you can also see the success stories and the progress you could make within the industry! Find out more now!

Beauty & Makeup Consultant Apprenticeship Level 2

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Are you the kind of person who loves recommending beauty products to friends? Are you seeking a career in beauty and makeup? If so, read on and discover how a level 2 beauty and makeup consultant apprenticeship will help you get started in the beauty and makeup industry!

Jobs and entry criteria for the Level 2 Beauty & Makeup Apprenticeship Course

The beauty & makeup consultant apprenticeship provides the chance for you to gain the knowledge and skills needed to demonstrate, promote and recommend the use, benefits and application of different retail beauty products, including make-up, skincare, nail care and perfumery. In the UK, a qualified beauty & makeup consultant can earn an average of £22k per year and possibly more with experience. Money is not everything! Through this apprenticeship you will learn a wide range of skills that will open up a variety of career opportunities in the beauty idustry. So get started now and future proof your career by acquiring a level 2 beauty & makeup consultant apprenticeship qualification!

The minimum requirement for this apprenticeship is English and maths Level 3; however, if you don’t have these qualifications, we will help you achieve them! Those who do not have a level 1 qualification will need to obtain this level and pass the level 2 test before taking the End-Point Assessment. This means everyone has the chance to succeed in this apprenticeship!

What are the responsibilities of a Beauty & Makeup Consultant Apprentice?

The position of a Beauty and makeup consultant typically revolves in working in a department store or retail environment. As a retail beauty consultant, they should use their knowledge to demonstrate, promote and recommend the use of different retail beauty products including makeup, skincare, nail care and more, while explaining the benefits and applications of each one. In this position, they should work by their company’s rules as well as brand guidelines like pricing and promotional structures. The ideal candidate should be able to work effectively as part of a team with also the ability to operate independently, supported by a store manager, to provide excellent customer service and care in a fast-paced work environment, working to achieve company targets. They should be curious, eager and enthusiastic to learn more in their career, maintaining continuous professional development.

Watch this video from Boots for a more in depth look at a position like this.

Beauty consultant holding a makeup product with other products scattered across the tabletop.

Level 2 Beauty & Makeup Consultant Details of standard

During your time as an apprentice, you will carry out duties in accordance with standards that should be observed. Some examples of these standards are:

  • Advises and demonstrates products to customers
  • Maintains and manages a work area
  • Completes promotional activities
  • Selects and demonstrates a range of techniques, products, tools and equipment to promote and sell a range of beauty retail products to customers
  • Instructs in the use and application of skincare products and makeup
  • Completes services to a high standard, maintaining customer confidentiality and rights
  • Implements and practices safe ways of working for themselves and others in accordance with legal and organisational requirements
  • Portrays professionalism that meets the beauty retail industry and organisational requirements
  • Meets beauty retail image and etiquette to be a brand ambassador

Good behaviour qualities you need as a Beauty & Makeup Consultant

  • Personal and professional ethics: demonstrates a commitment to quality, maintains honesty, integrity and confidentiality that meets industry standards
  • Flexible and positive attitude: Adapts positively to changing work priorities and patterns when new tasks need to be completed or requirements change
  • Maintain customer care principles and practices: show customers respect at all times and in all circumstances, demonstrate customer empathy, sensitivity and awareness

Additional Apprenticeship Information

What is the duration of the apprenticeship?

A minimum of 12 months

What qualification will I achieve?

A Level 2 Diploma for Beauty Professionals – Beauty and make-up consultant

Conclusion

As you can see, the level 2 beauty and makeup consultant apprenticeship is an excellent starting point for anyone looking to pursue a career in beauty. Apprenticeships open doors to a wide range of job opportunities. As an apprentice, you will be paid as you progress and opportunities will present themselves to advance your career. Some employers are interested in using apprenticeships to better understand how their employees learn and progress. If you commit to a future profession in beauty, there could be many more great job opportunities for you!

If this isn’t for you or if you want to keep looking, be sure to check out other apprenticeship courses available with us by visiting our website homepage.

Wireless Communications Rigger Apprenticeship (Level 2)

The wireless communications rigger is a key member of the field-based wireless rigging team that supports the UK's cellular network and its infrastructure.
The wireless communications rigger is a key member of the field-based wireless rigging team that supports the UK’s cellular network and its infrastructure.

Does the idea of being a key member of the UK’s cellular network and infrastructure sound good to you? If so, read on to find out how the level 2 wireless rigger communications apprenticeship could help you start a new career. Already in a job? No worries! You could change roles within your current organisation and complete the apprenticeship training.

What is a Wireless Communications Rigger?

A Wireless Communications Rigger can install large steel structures on towers and rooftops, adapting the existing structure in the process if needed. They facilitate the lifting and lowering of equipment for installation and removal, install a range of cable types and sizes including Coaxial, CAT5/6 and Fibre Optic, interpret drawings and plans. They also demonstrate a range of climbing techniques, meaning they can even rescue colleagues in difficulty at height.

Where will I work and who with?

Wireless communications riggers work in a variety of environments including rooftop sites, towers and masts in greenfield sites or inner-city buildings. They must be able to work indoors or outdoors, and in a variety of weather conditions.

Wireless communications riggers will generally work in a team of 2 to 3 and will report to a team leader. They will also be required to communicate effectively with site providers, landlords and members of the public.

Jobs and entry criteria for the level 2 Wireless Communications Rigger apprenticeship

The wireless communications apprenticeship provides opportunities for an apprentice to learn the skills required to perform typical rigger roles. These include jobs such as: Wireless Communications Rigger, Rigging Engineer, Telecomms Rigger. A salary of £30,783 is achievable and many other job opportunities are advertised in this range. Use this level 2 wireless communications apprenticeship as a starting point and future proof your career!

Level 2 Wireless Communications Rigger Core Competencies

As part of your job role, you will carry out duties that will satisfy a number of competencies. Some examples are:

  • Antenna installation
  • Carry out installation of earthing and termination of coax and fibre following manufacturers and operators’ installation specifications
  • Installation and demonstrate the technical understanding of the key components of a wireless telecom site
  • Use slings, knots and other attachment techniques to safely lift and lower materials and equipment
  • Personal site safety responsibilities, hazards, risks and control measures
  • Structure integrity and the importance of permanent attachment whilst working at height
  • The importance of effective communication
  • The need for positive working relationships

Entry Requirements

If this is all sounding like the perfect dream, I assure you now it is very real! The entry requirements are usually set by employers and may require a demonstration of fitness and a ability to work at height. Apprentices must achieve level 1 English & Maths and take the test for level 2 if not already done so prior to taking the End-Point Assessment.

For those with an education, the apprenticeships English and Maths minimum requirement is entry Level 3. A British Sign Language qualification are an alternative if this is your main language. All applicants must be a minimum of 18 years old at the start of their job due to insurance reasons.

Conclusion

As demonstrated, the level 2 wireless commuications rigger apprenticeship is a great starting point for anyone looking to pursue a career in infrastructure. The core skills covered in the apprenticeship will open up a wide range of job opportunities. In addition, you will earn while you learn and not feel the financial burden of a universiy degree. Employers are keen to use apprenticeship to shape how their employees learn and progress, so apply today and start the dream job that’s awaiting you.

Organic vs. Paid Social Media

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Weighing up the options between paid and organic social media? Not sure where to start? We’ll save you some legwork: you’ll find everything you need to know in this expert guide.

As a digital marketing apprentice, social media implementation is crucial. For instance, you’ll need to show that you have a variety of skills and the ability to run digital campaigns across different social media platforms. In this guide we’ve outlined the main differences between organic and paid social media, as well as including some examples to help you understand better. We’ve also chucked in some useful links to help get you started to becoming a social media wizard!

The key to social media is being social

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What is Organic Social Media?

Organic social media refers to the free content that all users, including business and brands, share with each other on feeds. For example, this could include posts, photos, videos, memes and stories.

As a brand, when you post organically to your account, you can expect that people who see it are:

  • A percentage of your followers (also known as organic reach)
  • Your follower’s followers
  • People following any hashtags you use

Brands use organic social to:

  • Establish their personality and voice
  • Build relationships through informative, entertaining or inspiring content
  • Engage customers at every stage of the customer life cycle journey

Example of typical organic content from a business:

Pantone leveraging user-generated content

Pantone excels at the strategic use of user-generated content to build a stunning feed. For example, the brand uses aesthetically pleasing, high quality content to grab the audiences attention. Additionally, the short, punny copy doesn’t detract from the image.

What is Paid Social Media?

Paid social media involves brands paying money to social networks such as Facebook and Instagram to have their content shared with specific audiences. Paid social posts will show up in the feeds of whichever audience you decide to target and can be filtered by demographics, likes, interests and more.

Cost-per-click (CPC) is one of the most common methods of charging for this type of promotion.

Businesses and organisations use paid promotion on social media to:

  • Raise brand awareness and attract new followers
  • Promote new deals, content, events
  • Generate leads
  • Drive conversions

Example of typical paid content from a business:

example of paid social media
Moz stands out with colourful ad creative

Similarly to the the organic social example, Moz uses bright colours to stand out in the audience’s feed. It grabs the reader’s attention with bold colour choices. However, this ad is targeted to people who like marketing and marketing agencies, so a case study link makes sense here. Moreover, the strong, minimal copy gets the point across quickly and efficiently.

While paid social and organic social vary in their scope it is useful to know the benefits and drawbacks of each.

The verdict on Organic vs. Paid Social Media

Both organic and paid social media suit different businesses with different priorities in different situations. If your business doesn’t have the budget to implement a paid social media strategy, then try focusing on organic social media. Write thoughtful content and actively engage with your customers online. However, if your business has a sizeable marketing budget, prioritise your paid social media efforts to immediately spread brand awareness and draw specific audiences to your profile.

Ideally, you will be able to find a way to incorporate both methods into your overall social media strategy to improve your online presence. To take your social media marketing skills to the next level, take a look at more of our digital marketing blogs to become a social media pro!

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Tramway Construction Operative Apprenticeship [Level 2]

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Level 2 Tramway Construction Operative – You will set up and maintain the construction of tramways

Have you just finished school and looking to start a new career in the construction sector? Do you love having hands-on experience and enjoy working outdoors? If so, then you may be suited for a Level 2 Apprenticeship as a Tramway Construction Operative. Read on to see if this role is right for you. This guide will give you an overview of what to expect and qualifications you will need.

What is a Tramway Construction Operative?

A Tramway Constructive Operative plays a crucial role in the construction industry. This course typically lasts 18 months. This apprenticeship involves a high standard of technical work relating to the construction and renewal of the Tramway the environment. A typical day might consist of setting up and maintaining a temporary traffic management system. Additional duties also include carrying out site clearance activities; the removal of waste and reusable items. Using a range of handheld tools and equipment is key in this role. Do you enjoy interacting with a range of people? As an apprentice, you will meet people from various parts of the sector, such as engineers, designers and councils. As a result, you will get exposure to different construction methods, gaining transferable skills essential to any role! You can also check out some more construction apprenticeship roles on offer.

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Level 2 Tramway Construction Operative – You will be responsible for the renewal of tramways

What Skills Can I Gain From an Apprenticeship?

Skills

  • Planing and installing traffic systems, barriers and walkways
  • Supporting construction renewal activities
  • Communicating with teams and also being the central point for any questions and queries
  • Working in accordance with health and safety regulations

Knowledge

  • The tramway environment, including history, customers, structures
  • The principles of civil engineering
  • Construction and inspection methods and techniques
  • Safe working practices and code of conduct

Behaviours

  • Professionalism
  • Customer Service
  • Confident in taking accountability and questioning methods
  • Reliable and dependable

What Do I Need?

Level 1 and 2 English and Mathematics is required for this apprenticeship. You will need to take Level 2 English and Mathematics before your EPA, if you do not have this. Additionally, a knowledge of the tramway environment is desirable. Specifically, understanding how pedestrianised and traffic areas relate to each other. Communication skills are essential as you will be liaising with various stakeholders throughout your role.

How Much Does a Tramway Construction Operative Earn?

The current National Minimum Wage rate for an apprentice is £4.81 per hour. However, upon completing your first year, you are entitled to the National Minimum Wage rate for your age. Typically, a Tramway Construction Operative earns around £36,000 annually.

Interested?

This Level 2 Tramway Construction Operative apprenticeship is a great way to kick-start your construction career. You will also gain the essential skills and qualifications to help develop yourself and your future.

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Level 2 Structural Steelwork Erector Apprenticeship

Have you just finished school and looking for a way into the construction industry? Have you got an eye for design and are adept at turning plans into reality? If I am describing you, you may be suited to a Level 2 apprenticeship as a Structural Steelwork Erector! Check out the rest of the post to find out more about the role and what it can offer!

Structural Steelwork Erector Apprenticeship: What is it? What do I need?

Put simply, this apprenticeship is a doorway into the construction industry via on the job training and experience. You will often be the first team on the construction site, creating a steel frame which will be the foundation for any site/building you are working on. As this is the first step in the construction of buildings, there is a high level of precision and planning required that can only be gained from the hands-on experience that this apprenticeship grants you. You will have exposure to many different construction methods and equipment which can help you specialise as a steelworker, or transfer into other areas of construction.

Typically, this apprenticeship lasts 24 months. However, this can be extended or shortened based on prior experience/performance. This apprenticeship offers a level two qualification upon completion of the End point assessment which is a well-respected qualification to be able to add to your CV. But arguably more important is the onsite experience you would be gaining whilst completing the qualification.

In terms of entry requirements, you will need to have:

  • English level 2 (if you do not have this it will be required before the EPA)
  • Maths level 2 (if you do not have this it will be required before the EPA)

What skills, knowledge and behaviours will I gain through the apprenticeship

Skills:

  • Plan and prepare effectively in the workplace and in the apprenticeship aspect
  • Identify and construct steel components effectively
  • Move steel and equipment safely and effectively
  • Complete work to international standards
  • Work in accordance with health and safety regulations.

Knowledge:

  • Typical material sizes
  • Bolts and joiners used
  • Different steel components, how they interact and when to use each one
  • Tools and equipment needed
  • How to avoid/rectify issues with construction, tools and the equipment
  • Knowledge to fill out any paperwork needed for the construction

Behaviours:

  • A questioning attitude
  • Challenge poor practices and evolve procedures
  • Reliable and dependable
  • Accountable

Overall, this level two apprenticeship offers the right candidate and opportunity to get their foot in the door of the construction industry, developing their skills and gaining a qualification at the same time.

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Level 3 Smart Home Technician Apprenticeship [Full Guide]

Level 3 Smart Home Technician Apprenticeship

Does Installing, configuring, calibrating, and troubleshooting a range of electrically connected Digital Home Technologies sound good to you? If so, read on to find out how the Level 3 smart home technician apprenticeship could help start a new career. On the other hand, it could help you specialise or change roles within your current organisation and complete the apprenticeship training.

Level 3 Smart Home Technician Apprenticeship Details

  • Job Role: Level 3 Smart Home Technician Apprentice
  • Duration: 18 months
  • Maximum Funding: £9000
  • Apprenticeship Level: Level 3

Job and entry criteria for the Level 3 Smart Home Technician Apprenticeship

The smart home technician apprenticeship provides opportunities for an apprentice to learn the skills required to deal with a range of electrically connected digital home technologies. The skills gained here could lead to a variety of roles such as: Smart home installation technician, Residential Network or Audio/Video installer. The average smart home technician salary in the UK is £36k, this is above the UK average wage which shows this is a worthwhile career choice. It’s not all about though, as this is an exciting career path which can build a wide variety of knowledge bases and transferable skills.

If this sounds good to you then what’s next? As this is an entry level apprenticeship the entry requirements will be set by the employer. All we ask of you is that if you have not yet got level 2 Maths & English that this is achieved prior to taking the end-point assessment.

Key responsibilities of a Smart Home Technician apprentice

The primary role of today’s Smart Home Technician is to install, configure and maintain the home technology ecosystem. Smart Home Technician’s objective is to deliver simple, secure, reliable and sustainable user experience according to industry best practise and within project timelines and scope. They work with a variety of senior colleagues such as Smart Home Designer, Networking Specialist or Senior Smart Home Technician to create an integrated ecosystem using a diverse selection of equipment and services.

The Smart Home Technician will need to have a good working knowledge of common hardware, software, IP networking, audio/visual distribution, RF systems and user interfaces. In addition to these hard skills, soft skills are just as important in the Smart Home Technician role to deal with homeowners and colleagues.

Smart Home Technician fixing an electrical outlet

Level 3 Smart Home Technician Core Competencies

As part of your job role, you will need to be able to demonstrate a number of competencies. Some examples are:

  • Reading and following installation, architectural and project documentation
  • Following electrical and constructional health and safety procedures and policies for human safety and accident prevention.
  • Installing and testing typical control hardware
  • Troubleshooting basic systems to rectify simple faults

The occupational brief and standard with the assessment plan for the Smart Home Technician apprenticeship will help you build on these competencies and more! Have a good read of these documents to help you prepare for your end-point assessment

Smart Home Technician knowledge modules and vendor exams

As a Smart Home Technician, you will need a wide array of knowledge to work in this new technological landscape. The knowledge modules and vendor exams will provide a framework for you to better understand:

  • Installation, Architectural & Project documentation
  • Health and Safety in a professional environment
  • Digital Entertainment, Broadcast Reception & Communication systems
  • Automation & Control
  • System verification and testing
  • Environmental & Energy systems  

To demonstrate your understanding of the knowledge covered within the level 3 Smart Home Technician apprenticeship, you will need to complete knowledge or vendor exams. There will be 3 assessment methods: Firstly a Practical Test, Secondly a Professional Discussion and Finally a Knowledge Test. An apprentice must receive a passing grade or above for each of these areas to receive their level 3 Smart Home Technician qualification.

Conclusion

As you can see, the level 3 Smart Home Technician apprenticeship is a great way to earn while you learn in an exciting new career. In addition, the knowledge and skills gained in this apprenticeship will open a lot of doors for other potential roles within the construction and digital industries. With an ever-increasing technological landscape, the variety of systems used as Smart Home Technician provide a perfect framework to explore many opportunities in the future.

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The do’s and don’ts of social media implementation as a digital marketer

As a digital marketing apprentice, social media implementation is vital. you’ll need to show that you can run digital campaigns across a variety of channels, including social media platforms, websites, and email. In this post, I’ve compiled a list of the top do’s and don’ts for digital marketing apprentices when it comes to launching a social campaign. You’ll be able to tweet, comment, post, and snap with confidence knowing that you’re on the right track if you follow these simple principles.

Do – Keep consistency across social media platforms

The only way for you and your organisation to flourish online is to maintain a consistent brand throughout all of your online conversations. You can improve your brand equity, consumer trust, and, eventually, your bottom line by being loyal to who you are. Reminding yourself of the corporate voice/tone, utilising brand colours when creating, and ensuring that the messages you’re publishing or re-posting are relevant to your brand image.

For a further look at the do’s and dont’s of social media as a whole, read ‘The do’s and don’ts of social media as a Level 3 Digital Marketer’.

Don’t – Allow trolls or bots to spam the comments

Delete any remarks made by a social media troll that are derogatory or insulting, and report the individual. Bots that post spammy messages in the comments are in the same boat. Despite the fact that you have no control over this behaviour, you should react to these comments as quickly as possible since they can harm your brand’s reputation.

Don't allow trolls or bots to spam the comments - The do's and don'ts of social media implementation as a digital marketer
Don’t allow trolls or bots to spam the comments

Do – Vary your social media post type

Your social media implementation should be varied to some extent. The same old 1 by 1 aspect ratio photo style can get monotonous, and if your followers grow weary of your format, they may start passing over your material without engaging with it. That’s why I always recommend sharing a balanced mix of vertical, horizontal (landscape), video (or Reels on Instagram), and gallery posts (Carousel on Instagram).

Don’t – make spelling or grammar mistakes

This may seem obvious, but you should always have a second pair of eyes proofread your posts or articles. Before sending out a post or an update, be sure it’s been proofread by at least one person. Apps like Grammarly, on the other hand, can help you lower your typo rate.

Do – Create a social media post schedule

Scheduling social media postings ahead of time is a huge time-saver. Pre-scheduling your social media activities will save a lot of time for a digital marketing apprentice, allowing you to focus on other digital parts of your company. It’s always a good idea to save time by scheduling your blog articles, tweets, and status updates ahead of time. An example of a tool that can help with this is Later.

Don’t – Mix personal and professional

Nowadays, brands and businesses strive to humanise their online presence. This might involve linking their personal and corporate accounts, as well as commenting and sharing between them. Although it looks to be a great idea when done correctly, I feel it is a hazardous strategy because your business might be overwhelmed by personal updates, leaving your audience confused about what your business stands for.

Don't mix personal and professional - The do's and don'ts of social media implementation as a digital marketer
Don’t mix personal and professional

Conclusion

Hopefully, this ‘do’s and don’ts’ advice has taught you that social media isn’t only for personal use, such as posting pictures of your cats or holiday photos! Instead, social media implementation is a strong tool for businesses and digital marketers to promote a brand, drive traffic to a website, and develop a reputation that your competitors can’t ignore.

Digital marketing apprentices are responsible for using social media implementation as a marketing strategy. The goal of social media marketing is to increase your brand’s visibility, personality, and community. Hopefully, now you can create a set of fundamental ground rules for your business’s future social media marketing campaign by following the dos and don’ts outlined above.

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