Outward Apprentices – Then & Now

In August 2012, Urban Futures on behalf of Outward (A North East London care charity) were asked to source 20 apprentices within the health & social care and business administration sectors.
Urban Futures apprentice coordinator Karanjit Paul and marketing team member Aaron Sands started sourcing candidates using primarily the National Apprenticeship Service (NAS) website where many candidates applied for the positions. After an influx of interest, on the 14th September 2012, Urban Futures held an information day about Outward and what the company offers. Over 30 candidates arrived for the meeting. We held an in-depth information session explaining what Outward does, what they offer, their services and how Urban Futures will support them through their apprenticeship if successful.
Urban Futures stayed in contact with all the candidates
during the time period between the information day and the forthcoming interviews with Outward. On the 23rd October 2012, Outward held a process to determine which candidates would be hired. This included a candidate introduction where they were spilt into 4 groups to partake in a group exercise which culminated into a presentation from each group on their specific topic. Finally, after the group exercise, individual interviews were conducted to determine the final candidates.
Out of the 25 candidates, 18 were hired for Outward and started work on the 19th November, 2012.
After 10 successful months, all 18 apprentices are still happily
working at Outward with the support of Urban Futures. Urban Futures have supported these apprentices by providing National Vocational Qualification (NVQ) training twice a month at our Wood Green office where they meet an assessor to complete coursework and take functioning skills and NVQ exams. We have also supported these apprentices by providing them with NUS and oyster card discounts.

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