You’re qualified, or at least on your way to be and now it’s just a case of getting employment in your chosen field. Job hunting isn’t always easy and sometimes feels like it’s becoming a full-time job itself. With just one vacancy but hundreds of people applying, you have to make sure you stand out from the crowd. You need to be able to prove you’re the right person for the job.
At Options Skills, after their eight-week centre training, our NVQ Level 3 Training Course students move onto step two. Step two is the portfolio building stage of their training and for this, they need to find employment.
Before this time, we offer a Job Club session to our students, providing them with plenty of tips, tricks and advice to assist them in their job search.
From CV writing tips and telephone interview techniques to introducing them to the hidden job market, we run these sessions in all our centres in week 7 of the centre led training.
For months now, we have been helping students, providing them with tools and knowledge to assist them in job hunting.
The feedback we have received has been positive across the board with our trainees rating the sessions very positively
“10/10” and “Excellent”
Hidden Job Market
Our aim is to provide students with plenty of techniques to find the jobs they want and become employed, and to do this, we introduce them to the hidden job market.
Bryn Morgan, an electrical NVQ student training in Birmingham, who has now successfully gained employment in his local area, said:
“I learned techniques for finding jobs in places I would not necessarily have thought of”.
We want trainees to be aware of all the places they can search for jobs, not just the typical avenues. In doing so, it gives them the best chance possible of finding exactly what they want.
Telephone Interview Techniques
Many interviews are now conducted via phone these days rather than face-to-face. This means that being confident and comfortable during a phone interview is a crucial skill to have.
During job club sessions, we offer practice phone interviews, which has been welcomed by our students.
Marcus McDonald reported back that the workshop:
“Made my confidence rise in such circumstances…and covered a lot of areas I was concerned about”.
Job Club workshops are run by student liaison manager Adam Graham. Adam provides support throughout and even after all our student’s training courses have been completed. With several years of experience within the industry, he delivers the workshop to cover all the necessary aspects of job hunting and more.
At the end of the job club workshop, our trainees are introduced to our sister company, Build Staff Recruitment. Registered with Build Staff, students are added to their database. They can then use this as a way of hearing about new vacancies that suit their requirements.
“Our objective is, and always will be, to help you find the right employment and to help the right employers find you”.
Build Staff is also available to all our students upon completion of their training courses.
Throughout job club sessions, we always ensure students are on track. If they have any questions, we are always happy to answer them as best we can. Better yet, if they have any suggestions or ideas of how to improve the workshop, we will listen and do what we can to implement these changes.
Speaking to those who have been part of the sessions, they have said they would happily recommend job club to other students. So, if you’re currently training to earn your NVQ Level 3 with us or you’re planning to enrol, make sure to sign up for job club as well.
Options Skills aren’t just here to help people get trade qualifications in gas engineering, electrical engineering and plumbing. We want to make sure our trainees get those qualifications and get into work afterwards.
The trades industry is a great one to be a part of and we will help our students become a part of it any way we can.