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Lab Technicians - Francis Crick

The Francis Crick Institute is recruiting four Camden residents or Camden school or care leavers  to become an Apprentice Laboratory Technician.

Job details

  • Salary: £295 per week
  • Hours: 36 hours - Monday to Friday
  • Contract length: 2 years
  • Apprenticeship: Advanced Level 3  Laboratory Technician
  • Based: Kings Cross
  • Closing date for applications: Midnight – Wednesday 15 May
  • Employer interviews: dates to be confirmed
  • Possible start date: September 2019
  • Download Apprentice Lab Technician job description (PDF)
  • Employer website: www.crick.ac.uk

About the roles

The Crick was formed in 2015, and in 2016 it moved into a brand new state-of-the-art building in central London which brings together 1500 scientists and support staff working collaboratively across disciplines, making it the biggest biomedical research facility under a single roof in Europe.

Laboratory Infrastructure and Operations provide essential support to a majority of research laboratories at the Francis Crick Institute, including preparation and provision of specialist glassware, large scale bacterial and yeast culture and fermentation, media production, sample management, waste and equipment management.

Laboratory technician apprentices will work in rotation through a small number of key technology facilities within the Science Operations function. Apprentices may carry out both routine and more complex technical tasks and perform a variety of support roles over a two-year period.

All applicants must have achieved or have predicted GCSE grades A*-C in Maths, English and a science subject.

 

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Admin receptionist - West Hampstead Medical Centre 

Job details:

  • Salary: £236 per week  (£6.15 per hour)
  • Contract length: 15-18 months (dependent on the level of qualification)
  • Hours: 38.25 hours per week
  • Qualification: NVQ in Business Administration (Level 2 or 3)
  • Based: West Hampstead
  • Application deadline: Monday 20 May 2019
  • Employer interview: TBC
  • Start date: TBC (subject to references)
  • Download job description Apprentice Receptionist Administrator (PDF)
  • Employer website www.westhampsteadmedicalcentre.com

About West Hampstead Medical Centre

West Hampstead Medical Centre is a modern and busy doctor’s surgery offering a wide range of services to the local community such as GP appointments, nurse clinics, specialised clinics and antenatal and postnatal care.

Your tasks will include:

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  • Inputting patient data onto databases
  • Carrying out photocopying and printing as required
  • Greeting and helping patients on the front desk
  • Making appointments for patients
  • Dealing with medical queries

What kind of person do you need to be for this role?

  • Do you present yourself professionally?
  • Are you friendly, helpful and confident?
  • Are you reliable and punctual with good attention to detail?
  • Do you have a positive attitude towards teamwork?
  • Do you have a keen interest in ICT?

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Gardener - Bedford Estates

Job details

  • Salary: £6.15 per hour
  • Duration:15-18 months
  • Hours: Monday to Thursday 8.00am – 4.30pm and Fridays 8.00 am till 3.30pm
  • Qualification Horticulture Level 2
  • Closing Date: Thursday 16 May 2019
  • Interview Date: To be confirmed
  • Based: 29a Montague Street London WC1B 5BL

About Bedford Estates

Bedford Estates, based in Bloomsbury, is famous for its formal garden squares, which are overlooked by the many period properties that line its leafy streets. There are a total of 10 squares in the Bloomsbury area. From the large, public Russell Square, a short stroll from Holborn and Russell Square Underground stations, to private spaces such as Ridgmount Gardens and Bedford Square, in Bloomsbury you are never far from a glorious Georgian garden.

About the role

Bedford Estates is offering an opportunity for a new starter in the horticulture industry to join their London team based in Bloomsbury as an Apprentice Gardener. The role will be a fixed term of 18 months and will comprise of four days working on the London Estate and one day of study at a local accredited horticultural college, Capel Manor. At college, candidates will take part in the Horticulture Operative programme that includes various certificates including Emergency First Aid and PA1 Safe Use of Pesticides, plant identification and practical assessment.

The Apprentice Gardener will have the opportunity to take part in work exchanges to other parts of the business to experience varied aspects of horticulture. These could include working at the Humphrey Repton landscape of Woburn Abbey, Woburn Safari Park or the Woburn Golf Club amenity areas. While on these exchanges, the Apprentice Gardener will be able to stay in self-contained private accommodation.
Many aspects of horticulture will be covered in daily working life on the London Estate with a particular emphasis on caring for historic garden squares and the enhancement of the local area through considered garden improvement and sympathetic maintenance of areas such as herbaceous borders, lawns and mature trees.
The Apprentice Gardener will be under the direction and instruction of the Head Gardener and will be periodically assessed by an outside invigilator appointed by Capel Manor College to ensure that on the job learning is supported by theoretical study.

What kind of person do you need to be?

  • Self-organised
  • Have attention to detail
  • Have strong communication skills
  • Able to work to own initiative
  • Willing to take responsibility

Camden Apprenticeships values the diversity of our community and encourages employers to have a workforce that reflects this. We therefore encourage applications from all sections of the community.
 

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Eligibility and accessibility

Apprenticeships are now open to anyone aged 16+. They can be a great way for school or college leavers to continue education in a working environment, or for adults looking to return to work or change career.

Many employers now offer apprenticeships with flexible hours to suit candidates’ commitments. Training providers also offer support for those with additional needs.

You can access the Camden Apprenticeships’ service if you:

  • are a Camden resident, former Camden secondary school student or Camden care leaver
  • are aged 16 or above

We can offer you:

  • information, advice and guidance to find out your interests and help you choose the right job
  • pre and post-employment support, offering recruitment advice which matches your skills to the job

Camden care leavers

When Camden Apprenticeships is managing the recruitment campaign, Camden care leavers who meet our minimum application criteria will be guaranteed an invitation to our pre-screening interviews. Those who meet our minimum pre-screening criteria will be recommended to the employer/manager for final interviews.

You can apply for as many jobs as you like.

If you would like further information, additional support in registering with the service or encounter any problems, Please contact the Camden Apprenticeships team

About apprenticeships

An apprenticeship is an entry-level role where young people can gain experience, an employment reference and a nationally recognised qualification. Whatever the salary, it is an excellent start to a career and a great opportunity.

An apprenticeship can be a great introduction to working life and lead directly into a career. As an alternative to university, an apprentice would earn whilst they learn, and avoid student debt and tuition fees.

Apprentices achieve nationally recognised qualifications that can help them access a good job or further study. Advanced Apprenticeships can be used as UCAS points for Foundation Degrees and Higher Education.

Higher Apprenticeships are also now available in many subject areas, including Engineering, Nursing, Surveying, Business Administration and Management, enabling young people to achieve an undergraduate or master’s degree via an apprenticeship.

The qualifications are created by employers for employers, making it an excellent stepping-stone into different types of industries. In fact, some practical apprenticeships such as construction and mechanics have strict entry criteria, as young people need to prove they have basic skills in maths and science. However, Camden Apprenticeships recruit based on attitude and aptitude. We spot potential in our candidates, not just GCSE results.

We have placed apprentices in a wide variety of sectors and businesses including heritage venues, creative and digital media, hospitality, catering, customer service, sales, childcare, mechanics, business administration and engineering. We have also placed apprentices in national organisations as well as small and medium sized employers who are keen to support local young people get a foot in the door.

You can find details of the minimum apprenticeship wage on the .gov.uk website. However, many employers pay a higher salary than the apprenticeship minimum. This means young people are earning and learning at the same time and can start to become more financially independent. Camden Apprenticeships encourage all our employers to pay a fair salary. We do not promote roles if the employer is paying the apprenticeship minimum wage, as we believe this is too low.

Like all employment and education opportunities, there is no doubt that there is competition for apprenticeships. However, Camden Apprenticeships works with employers to create vacancies that are exclusive to Camden residents, or those who attended a Camden Secondary School. This means roles are open to a smaller pool and candidates have a higher chance of success.

Camden Apprenticeships also offer application and interview support to people interested in taking up an apprenticeship.

For more information on apprenticeships, please see Get In Go Far.

Information for Employers

Camden Apprenticeships offer free support to employers in and around Camden to set up apprenticeship schemes and recruit the best people for their business.

We have already placed over 700 apprentices into work with local employers and have a strong candidate pool ready for apprenticeships in all different industries and sectors.

Check out our online self-service tool to find out more information about employing apprentices, and tell us what you are looking for. A member of the team will then be in touch to see how we can help you.

Benefits of apprentices

Apprenticeships are work-based training programmes designed around the needs of employers, leading to national recognised qualifications and providing the skilled workers you need for the future. Qualifications are available all the way to degree level and cover more than 170 industries and 1500 job roles.

To browse available qualifications, or find a suitable training provider, use the Find Apprenticeship Training tool.

With an apprenticeship, you can enhance your workforce. Eighty nine percent of employers say that the enthusiasm of their apprentices makes their business more productive, and that higher and degree level apprenticeships allow apprentices to access technical skills that are vital to performance and business growth.

An apprenticeship also offers the opportunity to bring a fresh perspective to your business, attracting new talent and offering progression and development to a skilled and qualified workforce. They also help lower recruitment costs.

How Camden Apprenticeships can help

Whether you already employ apprentices, or you are looking to start, it is worthwhile letting Camden Apprenticeships know. We offer free support to apprenticeship employers, including:

  • an effective recruitment process to source, match and screen the best range of candidates to suit the needs of your organisation
  • matching you with an appropriate training provider to ensure the highest levels of training to fully develop the skills of your apprentice
  • an apprenticeships broker who will support you and the apprentice for the duration of the apprenticeship
  • additional pastoral support for apprentices if required

For more information, please check out our online self-service tool or directly contact Camden apprenticeships.

Information for teachers

If you would like to find out more about Apprenticeships so you can inform your students, or arrange for us to come and speak directly with them, then contact the Camden Apprenticeships team.

We can help and support the delivery of PSHE lessons, assemblies and come along to career fairs and events.

A resource pack has been developed for teachers and careers advisors which can be used with a range of audiences. Material includes fact sheets, teacher resource sheets and activity sheets. These can be used as appropriate with each audience:

Resources for teachers and advisers

The National Apprenticeship Service can provide information on apprenticeship vacancies, information and advice.

 

 

Support for applicants

Application tips

Make sure that you:

  • Double and triple check your spelling and grammar.  Get someone else to look over your CV and covering letter to make sure everything is correct
  • Refer back to the requirements listed in the job advert
  • Apply before the application deadline. Late applications will not be accepted
  • Are free for Selection Day. If you cannot make the Selection Day, it cannot be re-arranged

For tips on how to create a good CV or covering letter, and example interview questions:

  • download: Cover letter template (PDF 170KB)
  • Example of general interview questions

Further support available

For residents aged 16 to 19, you can contact Connexions for further support with your application.

Additional employability support  is offered by Peabody this service is free and available to adults aged 16+, who are unemployed

The following organisations can help with providing interview clothing:

You can find more apprenticeship information and vacancies at:

If you are not sure about what sort of career you are interested in, try to organise some work experience or volunteer. Not only will this give you an idea of what a career in that area might be like, it also:

  • Gives you good experience to talk about on your application form and in your interview
  • Demonstrates that you can be a reliable member of the team
  • Gives you the chance to gain an employment reference to include with your application

For details of local volunteering opportunities, see Camden volunteering.

 

 

Part time apprenticeship case studies

Carly’s story

Single mother of twin toddlers Carly started out as a part time Level 2 Customer Service Apprenticeship in Camden’s Swiss Cottage Library. Having been on benefits, Carly decided a part time apprenticeship would provide a manageable route back into employment. Juggling work and lone parenting was not easy, but Carly managed to adapt to a new routine of work and study, excelling in her role, learning new skills and successfully completing her apprenticeship qualification.

With newfound confidence and a wider skill set, Carly was offered a permanent job at Gospel Oak Children’s Centre as Administration Finance Officer. The centre had been running thus far with no administration support, so Carly faced eight months’ worth of data and paperwork to organise. However, Carly says her experience as an apprentice left her unfazed. She quickly introduced new systems and spotted issues that had previously gone unnoticed. Carly’s manager is delighted with her contribution, saying ‘Carly is well-known in the community and acts as an excellent advocate for the centre. She has been extremely supportive to the team, service users and partner agencies.’

Carly hopes her achievements will inspire other parents to consider part time/flexible apprenticeships. She feels strongly that the difficult journey was worth the effort, having achieved so much, so quickly.

Emma’s story

I was in a difficult home situation and at 14 was under the care of Social Services Looked After Children’s Team. I faced lots of challenges and also found out I was pregnant. After having my baby I had to work very hard to prove I am a good mum.

I decided to move on to an apprenticeship because I knew it would enable me to gain a qualification at the same time as progressing my career. I am in my first year at Camden Council working part time as a Level 2 Apprentice Customer Service Officer. I work from 9am to 3pm, which allows me to meet both work and family requirements.

In so many ways. I have been able to put many different skills into practice. I need to ensure I offer a good duty of care and behave in a professional manner. I have had training in a range of areas including penalty notices, using the switchboard, universal credit and rents.

I have had three different managers and they have all been phenomenal and provided me with amazing support. After I complete my Level 2, I’d like to progress to a Level 3 Apprenticeship, and one day become a Councillor.

To those considering an apprenticeship, I would say go for it - get your foot in the door. Often if there is a will, there is a way.

K10 – an employer’s perspective on part time/flexible apprenticeships

Peter is the Apprenticeship Programme Manager for K10, a construction company and supplier to Camden Council. He recruited four business administration apprentices to his company on a part time basis, specifically targeting unemployed parents. ‘Being a single parent or carer comes with a wide range of pressures and responsibilities. It’s essential to ensure that talented individuals can kick-start their career whilst looking after their children’ he said.

K10 placed the apprentices with host employers, investing in HR resources and aftercare systems to deal with pastoral issues that arose. One of Peter’s apprentices explained, ‘Peter fitted my hours around my son’s school times so I could pick him up. Whenever I had a problem I went to Peter and he just sorted out it. He’s so helpful! This really assisted me back into work.’

Peter specifically chose placements involving work on major projects, enabling apprentices to glean the widest range of skills.

Peter’s diligence as a mentor in providing wraparound support enabled the apprentices to focus on their work and complete their qualifications, after which all four were offered permanent jobs having proven their value as loyal employees. This fantastic outcome serves as an example of best practice that has encouraged other employers to follow suit.  Part-time, flexible apprenticeships are now part of our mainstream apprenticeship offer. ‘It has been a pleasure to see the apprentices develop their skills and knowledge. Credit to them for the effort that they have put in to reach this point’ he says. 

Manager’s perspective: Customer Services Manager, Camden Council

Within our team, Richard decided to recruit apprentices having developed the philosophy ‘build you own’. He works in Contact Camden, which is the ‘face’ of Camden Council for residents. Richard explains, 'It’s good to get local people into roles and build bridges between service users and those who work for the service. Having apprentices has bought a lot to the team.'

Most recently he wanted to consider applicants wanting full or part time hours. 'We currently have 6 apprentices in the team and they all bring something different - fresh ideas, enthusiasm, energy and much more. We provide a supported environment where they can grow and learn from their mistakes. They experience a wide ranging of tasks as they will get the opportunity to deal with every type of query from the diverse population. They gain a lot of knowledge and develop excellent customer service, people management and project management skills.Virtually every apprentice we have had working for us has progressed to another job within the council or elsewhere.'

Richard has a flexible approach. 'When considering working hours, I think you need to be willing to rewrite the rule book a little and consider what your apprentices could bring to the service regardless of the hours they work. I believe if they have the right attitude and skills than it can work.'

Manager's perspective - Economic Development Officer, Camden Council

Chris was open to flexible working when he decided to recruit a Level 3 Business Administration apprentice to support the work of Camden’s Economic Development team, aware of the potential to attract a more diverse field of candidates.

Our apprentice had strong previous work experience and confident communication. However, the apprenticeship was her first job for a couple of years, having taken some time out to care for her two young children. With her continuing caring responsibilities she was only able to work term time and reduced hours so I designed her involvement in certain projects around her leave.

Our apprentice was a very conscientious and valuable member of the service. She supported a number of large programmes of work including the Camden Business Awards, the council’s work experience programme and the development of the team’s web and social media communications.

Balancing her childcare commitments with the requirements of the apprenticeship sometimes meant having to change her work pattern and to work additional hours to make up time. We had weekly catch-ups to assess her capacity and progress on particular tasks, and made sure she informed other managers in good time of the volume of work she was likely to be able to complete for them. On completion of her apprenticeship, has now secured a full-time role at the council.

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