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Saving time and money on your Internal Recruitment

Are you an organisation with 25 or more employees?

Would you like to reduce your expenditure on permanent agency fees?

Would you like to improve your induction and on boarding processes to reduce your staff turnover levels?

Would you like to build better internal data to become aware of prospective employees before your hiring needs arise?

Would you like to ensure that your recruitment advertisements and communications are in line with up to date legislation?

Then look no further, here at Edo Ltd, you can access the Level 3 Certificate in Internal Recruitment Practice (QCF) for employees responsible for your internal recruitment!

Call a member of our Recruitment Team today for more information on 01543 458580 and select option 1 or email us on

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

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


Record levels of interest from employers at our Birmingham event!

Have to admit, arriving at 10:27am WAS cutting it a little fine for a 10:30am presentation, (darn those Birmingham traffic jams!) but
I hope those who were there would agree that our latest Employer Engagement Even tin the ‘Second City’ went swimmingly well!

The venue was perfect, (Thank you Andie and the team at Birmingham Small Business Centre on Newhall Street), our apprentices in attendance were in
fine form, and we had an absolutely fantastic turn-out from local employers.

We fielded a record number of questions, always a good sign, and once we’d analysed the feedback we were thrilled to find demand for no
fewer than ELEVEN Social Media Management Apprentices.

We’re not yet two months into this programme; and we already have a waiting list…!

Must be doing something right!

Thanks to Tenis Catering,  Event Masters, G-Casino, Pett Franklin & Co, Creative Soles, Health Exchange, PH Legal Recruitment, Salamander Fire and
Security, Debts On Ice, Southall Harries Ltd, Honest Employment Law Practice, Offsight Web Design & Consultancy and everybody else who attended or participated in Fridays event, we’re now focusing on ensuring that we have the finest group of young people we can possibly muster in readiness for Novembers programme.

As always, recommendations, both in respect of young people and potential employers, are always welcome.

We’ll be keeping everybody posted.

Last day of induction training, now the real world beckons!

It was a superb last day of induction training for our Social Media Marketing Apprentices on Thursday.

Rather unusually, they were all still going strong at 5:00pm despite a heavy schedule of blogs, grammar, idea generation and other exercises, not to mention the two visits by employers interested in the programme.

This group of Social Media pioneers are  usually completely brain-fried by 2.30 in the afternoon. I think the emotion of the day caught up with them, providing a shot of adrenalin as the reality that they will soon all be working as Social Media Marketing Project Managers finally hit home.

Our apprentices will be working for a broad range of businesses:

Marketing consultancy
PR/Media Agency
Software/Applications Developer
Merchandising Agency
Health Spa
Training Provider
Motor Vehicle Remapping
Office Equipment Supplier
Graphic Design Agency
Business Consultancy

We have had expressions of interest from many more companies… A very good sign indeed for the cohort of learners who will be starting with us on October 31st!

Our apprentices will all be coming together again as a group at least once a month, twice a month in the first quarter; in order to share experiences and good practice, to access the consultancy services within the programme and to have a little fun and enjoy each others’ company.

We’ll be blogging about their experiences in their new roles regularly, so please do subscribe to updates, there are some exciting developments ahead!



Day 2 of the Social Media marketing Apprenticeship induction; and things are hotting up!

Sat in on a fantastic session on blogging. One particular excercise involved taking a particular industry, item or service and cascading out facts about the subject to create ideas for not just one, but a series of blog postings.

The subjects we ending up with ranged from Fashion, Big Hair and  Garage music to Real Ale, Dogs and Xbox.

The SSC Learning Award for  ‘Most Challenging Topic To Blog About’ has to go to our very own Mr Joe Szpara, for his ‘five interesting things about  light bulbs’

Strange, but quite excellent work there, Joe!

As Linda Jones said ‘If you can write about light bulbs, you can write about anything!’


I’ve been waiting for this day for ages

…and its finally arrived.

1:26pm, I’m back at my desk after a trip outside for promotional photographs with our first ten Social Media Apprenticeship learners.

It’s hard to describe how I’m feeling right now.

The Social media programme is no longer a concept. We now have a group of young people on board with fantastic energy, and it is such a rush to see that group dynamic take on a life of its own.

Surprising how emotional it makes me feel!

The programme began yesterday with  a two hour induction;  a little uninspiring content-wise but an essential first step to any funded programme, however the true spiritual start to this programme occurred at 9:30am with the opening  session  ‘ Introduction to Social Media’.

Within thirty minutes, our small group of strangers were ‘as thick as thieves’.  Smiles became contagious, jokes emerged, characters blended and bonded, those quieter members  began to speak up more; and they all began to act as we’d hoped they would…

As a team.

Whatever these young people invest in this programme, they’ll get it back in spade-loads. By the time we meet potential employers at our event at the Roman Way Hotel in Cannock  next Tuesday lunchtime; they’ll feel like superstars.

Our apprenticeship programme

Here’s a bit more technical information about our apprenticeship programme – if you are interested in finding out more, we’d love to see you on September 20th, at the Roman Way Hotel in Cannock, from midday.

It will be a chance to meet our learners, and find out how much the scheme could do for your business.

Firstly, apprentices now have to be employed at the beginning of their programme – there are some exceptions, but we don’t envisage they’ll apply to our social media learners, so we want business to employ them as apprentices from day one.

They will need a contract of employment for a minimum of 30 hours per week and on a minimum of £2.50 per hour. We’ll be encouraging quarterly reviews to be built-in, where salary reviews can allow for success to be rewarded.

A Level 3 Apprenticeship is likely to last 12 months, but that doesn’t mean the job ends – it’s hoped employers will continue to employ beyond the achievement stage.

Apprentices will attend a workshop once a month, connected with one facet of social media; each will be invited to bring in real-life problems or challenges that our media experts can advise on, which is great news for apprentice and employer alike!

At the end of the programme the learner will have achieved a full, level 3 Apprenticeship Framework in Management comprising of:
• EDI QCF Level 3 NVQ Certificate in Management
• EDI QCF Level 3 Technical Certificate in Management Principles
• EDI Key Skills to Level 2 in Communication and Application of Number
• EDEXCEL BTEC Level 3 Certificate in Social Media for Business

They’ll also have received many hours of mentoring and training across the programme from the marketing, PR and journalism professionals at Passionate Media.

If you’re a business owner reading this thinking it sounds like something you’d really like your company to be a part of, or you’re a young person who thinks they have what it takes to join our social media apprenticeship programme – then please let us know.

We have our first ten learners, but we hope to roll out many more programmes in the near future.

Social Media Apprenticeship

September – the start of a new academic year – is always busy for us,  but especially so this year as we are introducing a really exciting new course, and we can’t wait for it to get under way.

Our Social Media Apprenticeship is going to offer 16 to 19-year-olds the chance to work for an employer, handling their social media output.

This will mean actively promoting the business through things like writing blog posts, updating Facebook, tweeting, and whatever other on-line promotion the business would benefit from.

It will allow young people the chance to utilise skills in an area they will already be familiar with and adept in, whilst giving businesses the opportunity to make the most of social media, and really raise their business profile.

The learners will also receive training and mentoring  a day a month from marketing, PR and journalism professionals.

Passionate Media, who are based in Bridgtown, have devised and will be delivering these training modules.  We are also really grateful to the company for their help in introducing our learners to businesses interested in taking them on.

We are hosting an event at the Roman Way Hotel in Cannock between 12-2pm on September 20, which will be a chance for companies to come along and meet our learners, and find out more about the apprenticeship.

So, it’s certainly a busy time, but it’s pretty exhilarating too.

We’ll be keeping you updated on how the learners get on, what companies think about the scheme, and any new developments with the apprenticeship programme.