Category Archives: Apprenticeship

Recruitment apprentice or trainee? What’s the difference?


Can you tell the difference between a trainee and an apprentice? An A Level superstar with the gift of the gab from a graduate?

We recently spoke to the manager of a recruitment agency who had an advert posted online for a trainee recruitment consultant.

Having recruited for a similar sized agency locally who took on an apprentice and having a pool of excellent pre-screened candidates available , we did the logical thing and ‘specked in’ our awesome candidates.

We were met with the unexpected.

“I want a trainee not an apprentice!” Continue reading

Recruitment companies, is your apprentice or trainee doing the right qualification?

A square peg in a round hole

It’s an old analogy, we know, but every day we speak with recruitment agencies that are fitting square pegs in round holes.

edo exhibited last week at the Recruitment Agency Expo in London and spoke to lots of companies about their training needs.

One man who prior to visiting the expo had already been sold on the benefits of apprentices over trainees spoke to us about our recruitment qualifications and told us he had recently taken on two apprentices Continue reading

Trainee or apprentice? What they’re saying at the London Recruitment Expo.

The edo girls on stand at the Recruitment Agency Expo London

While talking to London based and regional recruitment companies at the Recruitment Agency Expo yesterday, we were surprised to find that many of those we spoke to used the word ‘trainee’ rather than ‘apprentice’.

Most hadn’t considered, or were not aware of the advantage of taking on a recruitment apprentice rather than advertising to recruit a trainee until they spoke to us.

We really enjoyed meeting and talking to recruitment agencies about the benefits of apprentices over trainees, and in particular our search and selection service and our unique dual recruitment qualification apprenticeships.

We’re looking forward to another busy day at the Recruitment Agency Expo today!

If you’re at the Recruitment Agency Expo today, pop by stand 154 and talk to us about the benefits of apprentices over trainees. If you can’t make the expo, give our recruitment team a call on 0203 538 3134 or head office on 0845 2571 336.


Find your perfect apprentice / trainee with edo.

An important part of our service at edo is finding businesses their perfect apprentice / trainee.

We understand that each business is different and has different requirements so just any apprentice won’t do. We would never try to fit a square peg in a round hole, which is why we put time and effort into finding the right apprentice for your business.

This is a free service we offer to all of our clients who are looking to expand their team by taking on an apprentice / trainee.

On Tuesday 25th and Wednesday 26th February we will be exhibiting at the Recruitment Agency Expo in London, on stand 154, talking to recruitment businesses about how apprentices can benefit their business.

If you’re visiting the Recruitment Agency Expo come and talk to us about our dual recruitment qualifications and how we can find the right person for your business.

Can’t make it? If you can’t make it to the expo, call our team on 0203 538 3134 to find out more about our apprentice / trainee service.

Keep up with what’s happening on our stand by following and using #edoevents

London Recruitment Agency Expo – 6 reasons to visit

On the 25th and 26th of February we’re attending the Recruitment Agency Expo in London and here are six reasons why you should be going too!

Free seminars!

There are free seminars running on both days, where you can hear from industry experts about hot topics in recruitment, new products, opportunities to grow your business and more.

We know it can be hard to keep up with everything that happens in the industry when you’re so busy helping your clients, so the Expo is a great opportunity for you to catch up.

To book your seminar sessions, visit the Recruitment Agency Expo website. Continue reading

edo at London Recruitment Agency Expo

We will be attending the Recruitment Agency Expo at the Olympia Exhibition and Conference Centre on the 25th and 26th February.

You can find us on stand 154 by the seminar rooms and we will be talking to recruitment agencies about how our recruitment qualifications and apprentices’ can help to grow their business.

If you’re a London based recruitment agency, or you’re planning on travelling to the event, make sure to pop by our stand to find out more about developing your business and taking on an apprentice.

We offer dual recruitment qualifications which means apprentices can pair a recruitment qualification with one in sales/telesales, social media or management.

Dual qualifications allow learners to gain more knowledge and two qualifications without the extra work and it gives the employer a more knowledgeable member of staff who can really benefit their business.

We will be at the Recruitment Agency Expo on both the Tuesday and the Wednesday. If you’d like to arrange a meeting with us call us on 0203 538 3134 or visit our Exhibitor Page and click ‘arrange a meeting’.

Can’t make it? If you can’t make it, don’t worry you don’t have to miss out, give us a call and talk to our team who can tell you all you need to know about recruitment qualifications and taking on an apprentice.

Do you remember us from the Recruitment Agency Expo in Birmingham last October? We had such a good time , take a look at our blog post from the event and see a couple of our photos.

We’re really looking forward to the expo and we can’t wait to see you there!

edo students; get your apprentice discount card!

NUS Apprentice Extra

Just like any other student, apprentices can get student discounts from over 120 online and high street retailers, helping you save on; music, gaming, food and drink, fashion, travel, sports, technology and more.

The NUS apprentice extra card allows apprentices to get discounts from stores which can help you buy things you need for studying or travelling to work and back such as; Apple, Amazon, 16-25 Railcard, Ryman and Staples.

It also makes relaxing and having fun with your friends much more affordable with apprenticeship discounts from Cineworld, Domino’s, Frankie & Bennys, Pizza Hut, Legoland, Madame Tussauds Blackpool and more. Continue reading

Careers in Social Care: The Challenges vs The Rewards.

Choosing a career in Social Care takes thought and consideration for the challenges that arise within the industry, then balancing these factors with the rewards and opportunities that are available. It is then down to whether the applicant is willing to allow the opportunities and rewards of the role outweigh the challenges that are to be faced. There are positive and negative aspects to all career paths, but the Social Care Sector takes consideration before entering. It is often said that employees within the industry are to be a certain type of person.

To succeed, the appropriate mindset should be addressed; to prepare the staff members to take on the tasks and challenges ahead; both physically and emotionally. Working within care, you have to bare in mind that each decision or action made will have colossal consequences and effect on your patient; and that within the career, your foundation is to save lives and heal those that are wounded both mentally and physically and sick. A positive outlook is required to keep spirits high and for relationships and trust to form with the patient. The benefits of the job must be more prevalent in the eyes of the role holder over the pressures involved, which is further helped by an attitude that is motivating too.

The key to success whilst working within care, is to always be intellectually on top of your game. Daily, split second decisions are to be made with life or death consequences. Working with vulnerable people, within often awkward and uncomfortable situations can be an emotional and physical drain on the individual, highlighting that staff within the Social Care Sector should take time to take care of themselves too.

Providing care is as much a character trait as it is a skill. An innate personality trait is required for care work as well as a genuine concern for others. As well as this, there is a huge amount of responsibility on the shoulders of the healthcare professional over the outcome of the patients. Although caring is the first and foremost trait, the role also requires a large amount of technical knowledge. The ability to administer medication, track and monitor progress with individuals and to notice any changes in a patient’s appearance, attitude, personality alongside monitoring the performance of medical procedures. Devotion of time, patience and empathy to the patient’s welfare is of great importance.

Through a career in care, employees are required to show that they are coming through not only physical needs, but through spending time and understanding exactly what their clients need, want and desire for the benefit of both themselves and their families.

Nevertheless, there are a large amount of rewards. For example, you have the ability to make a monumental difference in the lives of others through connections and relations on both a personal and intimate level, which can be extremely rewarding. Essentially, with the correct level of training received and the correct working environment,  people working within the Social Care Sector have the ability to learn new skills, keep up to date with regulations and to improve efficiency within the workplace.

Here at EDO, we have Health and Social Care Qualifications available, with a fantastic team of assessors that are available to guide each learner through their course individually. If you would like to learn more about the variation of courses available, or would like to enquire as to how you can enrol, contact us on 01543 458580.

A future in social media maybe?

Along with bright yellow daffodils and bouncing baby lambs, Spring is also a time when students are looking at making decisions about their future and careers fairs are a great place to get more information to help you choose your future path.  We’re delighted to be exhibiting at a number of events over the next few weeks and details of where we’ll be are below.

If you are a business, or a young person who’d like to learn more about the Social Media Apprenticeship Scheme, then please come along and have a chat with either Ian, Andy or Abby.  They’ll be able to give you some more information about the programme and tell you the dates for the next available course.  Look out for us in our black logo’d polo shirts, which on the back say “Talk to us about our Social Media Apprenticeship”.

You can find us at :

  • Aston Villa Football Club, Aston, Birmingham on 12th March 2012 from 3.30pm until 7.30pm
  • Hednesford Town Football Club, Hednesford on 15th March 2012 from 2pm until 8pm
  • Fenton Manor Sports Complex, Stoke on Trent on 19th March 2012 from 2pm until 8pm

More details of the events can be found by clicking here


Friday the 13th… Unlucky for some, but not for SSC-Learning.

Following the success of our first social media apprenticeship programme held in October 2011, we thought we’d do it all over again!  

Our new programme kicked off on the 4th January 2012 with 15 young adults keen to learn new skills and the hope of finding an employer willing to give them the opportunity to show them just how capable they really are.

So… being two weeks into the training program, we decided it was time for our bright young hopefuls to meet some very lovely local employers who were equally keen to to see how social media could help their business and what having an apprentice on board entails.

Below, Carol Garrington, course Tutor and Director of Passionate Media lets the employers know what the Social Media Marketing Apprenticeship  is all about, how they can get involved and how they can benefit.


“Our employer engagement events are designed to be social; for our apprentices it’s an opportunity to meet local employers and ask them all about their business; for employers it provides the opportunity to find out what our apprentices are really like and what they’re capable of, without the rigidity of a formal interview.”

Pictured right:  Social media apprentice Louis Duffy shares a moment with Calvert Lawson, Director of Kalillo Drumming, as they discuss the  program.

All of the apprentices and businesses in attendance gained a great deal from the event, stealing the show however was Holly Farrow.

Holly pictured below; chose to join the program after deciding the photography course she was on at college wasn’t ticking all the boxes and trying to hold down a part time job as well as attending college was proving to be too much.

The solution was an apprenticeship program that meant Holly got paid whilst she learned new skills.

Despite being a little shy, the social element of the event meant Holly felt more at ease and able to talk to employers… And boy did it pay off!

Mazprint – a local print and design agency ( attended the event, keen to find an apprentice with the right skills and personality to join their business.

When they met Holly they knew they had found their gal, after a discussion with us and Holly they decided they didn’t want to lose her to another employer and invited her to the offices for an interview there and then.

Holly made a big impression on Mazprint and both directors Mike and Angie commented on how enthusiastic and polite she was, we’re expecting that Mike and Angie will extend a formal offer of employment later this week subject to logistics and Holly will join their team in February when her classroom delivery concludes.

The icing on the cake…

As a training provider we’re passionate about helping our apprentices, and as local lads we’re keen to help local businesses too, getting the message out there is often the hard part though.. So it’s no surprise we were overjoyed when local MP Aidan Burley turned out to support our program.

Pictured: Aidan talks to employers and apprentices at the SSC Learning event on Friday 13th at the Roman Way Hotel in Cannock.

Aidan’s speech was excellent and having once been an apprentice himself, was keen to sell the benefits to employers and apprentices alike and had this to say.

“If every employer in the uk employed just one apprentice there would be no youth unemployment”

To find out more about SSC learning, how you can employ an apprentice and how it could boost your business: contact us on 01543 448300 and reserve your place at one of our employer engagement events.

If you missed this one, SSC learning will be holding another employment engagement event at the Roman Way Hotel on Friday 27th January at 12pm (complimentary lunch included)

This is subject to change so please call to confirm your place.

Follow us for more updates on our social media apprenticeship scheme!


Photos courtesy of leasowsphotoguy