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National Apprenticeship Week 2022

Today marks the start of National Apprenticeship Week, with this year’s theme around ‘building the future’, highlighting how apprenticeships can help individuals to develop the skills and knowledge required to build a rewarding career. Whilst also highlighting how businesses can use apprenticeships to develop a talented workforce that is equipped with future-ready skills.

What is an apprenticeship?

Apprenticeships are available at multiple levels. From school leavers, people upskilling within their careers, as well as those looking for a complete career change.

Gain hands on training and put your skills into practice. Through enrolling on an apprenticeship programme. 

An apprenticeship is made up of 4 main elements:

  • On the job training
  • Off the job training
  • English and Maths (if not achieved at GCSE or equivalent)
  • End Point Assessment 

Apprenticeships available:

Train – Learn – Achieve:

Pin Point offer fully funded routeways into work, for those looking for;

  • First time job seekers
  • Career or sector moves
  • A job, a better job or a step up onto the career ladder
  • Work placements and internship opportunities

Developed in partnership with our employers, you could study towards a recognised qualification, as well as securing a guaranteed job interview upon completion, moving into work as early as the following week!


CSCS Training Course

CSCS Card – Peterborough

Free CSCS card 5 day training programme

Pin Point Training has a fantastic opportunity for unemployed people living in Peterborough to take part in our FREE 5-day, remote, online training course to gain your CSCS card. The course is open to anyone aged 18+, who is not currently in employment or training.

Benefits of the course:

Complete training from the comfort of your own home
Start the programme any weekday
Complete Health & Safety Level 1 exam at a central location in Peterborough
Teams call induction
Training and support

We are running the course on an ongoing basis. If you would like to sign up please contact us:

📞0191 466 1032

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The Benefits of Overseas Work Experience!

The Benefits of Overseas Work Experience

Overseas work experience is a fantastic opportunity to not only gain independence but also to upskill and add to your CV, to show potential employers that you’re an ideal candidate, dedicated to your advancement in the workplace.

What is Overseas Work Experience?

Work experience is defined as a short-term travel experience that enables individuals to upskill and gain knowledge within a professional environment within a specific sector. Work experience is something that can not only boost your knowledge but also improve your CV to make you a more desirable employee.

Why is Overseas Work Experience Important

Taking part in international work experience is important as it improves your cultural awareness and takes you out of your comfort zone.


What skills can I gain from completing overseas work experience?

During your time on work experience you will be able to gain

  • Allows you to step outside of your comfort zone – showing strength of character and ability to take on a challenge.
  • Cultural awareness – You will develop a better cultural awareness of working with people with a different nationality to yourself. Adjusting to different working practices.
  • Improve communication skills– People joining on this experience will come from different backgrounds and maybe have different levels of communication, therefore, when spending 13 weeks with the same people you will learn to be able to efficiently communicate with them.)
  • Improve language skills – (depending on the types of overseas work experience you will be able to go to, perhaps a different country, places where English is not peoples first language, being able to upskill and develop your language diversity will put you higher in the work placement as it gives you an advantage.)
  • Networking – (Meeting new people and expanding your skills, this will develop your networking skills and enable you to)

All these skills that you could gain along the process of the work experience will help you become more desirable to an employer and will improve your CV.

How Pin Point can help you?

Pin Point recognise the struggle of finding work experience once you are out of education. We are here to give you that helping hand in finding the Overseas work experience right for you. Pin Point Training are excited to offer this great opportunity to take part in our Erasmus+ programme to Dublin. We are offering learners that have completed our training programmes within the last 6 months, the opportunity to uptake a fully funded, 13-week work experience placement within logistics or construction. This experience is fully funded for you and includes many benefits.

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How Do I Become an Apprentice

How do I become an apprentice

Becoming an apprentice has never been easier, through the vast array of online courses available, and employers looking to hire and upskill their workforce.

What are the requirements for becoming an apprentice?

To become an apprentice you must:

  • Be aged 16 and over
  • Not already in full-time education
  • Living within England

It is a common misconception that apprenticeships are just for school-leavers, however anyone, of any age can enroll on an apprenticeship scheme. An apprenticeship is a great way to upskill in your current job or if you are looking for a complete change of career.

Do I need any qualifications to become an apprentice?

You do not necessarily need any formal qualifications to start an apprenticeship. However, depending on the level of the scheme you may need to have:

A GCSE in English and Maths.
If you do not have a GCSE in English and Maths you may need to undertake additional training, to bring your skills up to the level necessary.

What qualifications will I gain from doing an apprenticeship?

The qualification that you will gain at the end of your apprenticeship is dependent upon the level and its equivalent education level. The table below outlines the different levels and their equivalent education level:


What is an apprentice and how does it work?

As an apprentice you’ll:

  • Learn and train for a specific job.
  • Get paid and receive holiday leave.
  • Get hands-on experience in a real job.
  • Study for at least 20% of your working hours – usually at a college, university or with a training provider.
  • Complete assessments during and at the end of your apprenticeship.
  • Be on a career path with lots of future potential.
  • Work alongside experienced staff.
  • Gain job-specific skills.

An apprenticeship is a real job where you learn, gain experience and get paid. You’re an employee with a contract of employment and holiday leave. By the end of an apprenticeship, you’ll have the right skills and knowledge needed for your chosen career.

How long will it take to complete an apprenticeship?

It can take between one and 6 years to complete an apprenticeship depending on which one you choose, what level it is and your previous experience.

How long will it take to complete an apprenticeship?

It can take between one and 6 years to complete an apprenticeship depending on which one you choose, what level it is and your previous experience.

Will I need to pay to do an apprenticeship?

You do not need to pay anything to do an apprenticeship. Your study is funded by contributions made by the government and your employer.

How much will I get paid as an apprentice?

As a full time employee you will be paid at least the hourly minimum apprentice wage of £4.30.

If you are aged 19 or over, your pay will increase after 1 year of working in your role to be in line with the national minimum wage:

  • £6.56 – If you’re aged 18-20
  • £8.36 – If you’re aged 21-22
  • £8.91 – If you’re aged 23+.

For more information on the apprenticeship programs that we have available please visit our current vacancies page.


Manage Your Time as an Apprentice

How to Manage Your Time as an Apprentice

Managing your time can seem overwhelming, especially if you are balancing work and an apprenticeship. Pin Point recognise this and understand people need a helping hand with time management. Here are our top tips and suggestions to help you manage your time as an apprentice.

Planning your Modules

During your time as an apprentice, you will have multiple assignments over the course leading up to your portfolio. Each assignment fits into a specific module breakdown. Therefore, using organisational tools to help you keep up to date with what you have to do will help you with your time management.

What Tools Could You Use?

Being able to visualize your workload makes it a lot easier to manage and prioritise tasks.

Many people find writing down a list of their daily tasks helpful, however there are many online work management software programmes available to help you manage your workload. For example Click Up, Trello and Smartsheet are great for planning your week.

Here is an example of Trello and how it can be used

Planning your work week.

As an apprentice your employer will allow you to spend 20% of your work week dedicated to completing assignments for your apprenticeship. That equates to 1 day per week dedicated to your apprenticeship. Utilise this time to complete your work, try getting a room that has no distractions, so you are able to work to the best of your ability.

Coworkers and Mentors are there to help!

Remember, it is okay to ask for help. A second persons opinion may open up ideas to what you can work on and improve. Feedback is the best thing you can receive as an apprentice, constantly improving your work will enable you to get the highest grade for your ability.

Getting extra help will improve your knowledge and you will be able to retain this through the rest of your job. Also getting help whilst working will count to your training hours as a part of your apprenticeship.

Pin Point Training have a variety of different apprenticeship programmes available. If you’re interested in becoming an apprentice or are an employer looking to upskill your workforce please get in touch.

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Welcome Josh Dawson

Josh is our new Learner Engagement and Functional Skills Curriculum Officer.

Pin Point Training are constantly expanding our team of professionals to help move the unemployed into work.

Josh will also be helping with the improvement of the Functional Skills (Maths and English) to give our learners the extra helping step into employment

We are very excited to bring Josh into our Training team to help improve the learner’s experience!

Find out more about our team!

What Is your title now?

I have a blended role between Learner Engagement and Functional Skills Curriculum Officer.

What is your background?

After graduating with a degree in English Literature I completed the Teach First graduate scheme wherein I trained as a secondary school English teacher. I then taught for four years.

What does your new role entail?

As a Learner Engagement Officer, I am responsible for recruiting learners onto our LEAN courses.

As a Functional Skills Curriculum Officer, I am responsible for planning and then creating Pin Point’s functional skills curriculum for Maths and English. This will be delivered alongside our apprenticeship provision.

What are you looking forward to achieving in the future with Pin Point?

I am looking forward to creating a ‘bombproof’ curriculum for the Maths and English functional skills qualification. I want learners who found English and Maths difficult at school to be reengaged with these subjects and to see how they can be learnt simply, and applied constantly, in the workforce.