After an initial telephone interview we invite the successful candidates to an Assessment Day at your premises. The day starts by providing more information about the scheme and about the role itself.
The applicants are then assessed on their maths and engineering skills and take part in a group exercise. We then hold an interview with each candidate.
These Assessment Days have proved to be hugely successful for our clients and apprentices alike – but don’t just take our word for it! Here some of the comments we have received from clients:
I found the apprentice-style recruitment process extremely beneficial. Over the last 10 years I have carried out the interview process for many employees and have had many successes. However I also do recall a few staff that were very good at the interview process who turned out to be very disappointing and didn’t last too long with our company!
After each task was completed I would have an open discussion with Crissi and Liv who were the organisers from the ITP to gain their views on the candidates, and they both gave me some very good feedback, which I found reassuring as they were very similar to my own thoughts.
I made my final choice with great support and impartial advice from Crissi and Liv. Now, three months on, our apprentice Nathan is doing fantastically well in both the field and with his college work. We are very happy that we decided to move forward and support the scheme and encourage the more traditional apprentice route for training.
For me the greatest benefit was being able to see 11 potential candidates apply themselves to challenging tasks and having to carry out a presentation to a group of 14 people. Being able to measure all of them over the period of a full day was far more beneficial and challenging than just carrying out 11 standard individual interviews.
The organisation, support and input from Crissi and Liv was very professional and they are clearly passionate and enjoy what they do.
I will not hesitate in going through the process again as soon we are ready for the next apprentice, as this is a great format to really get a feel for the staff that I will be employing.
Green Telecom are a small Independently owned telecoms company without the resources to run an apprenticeship scheme.
The ITP have proved invaluable to us in this area and our first apprentice through the ITP scheme has progressed to be a valuable member of the team. We were very proud when he was awarded the ‘Apprentice of the Year’ award and shared the stage with apprentices from larger companies such as BT and Virgin Media. Our second (and current) apprentice is also progressing very well.
The ITP helped us with recruitment and managing the academic training side of the apprenticeship and the real benefits of having apprentices are that they emerge with your company ethos and work practices as well as recognised academic qualifications.
We would recommend apprenticeships and the ITP scheme in particular to other UK telecom companies to consider.