Benefits of Assessor/Verifier qualifications

Benefits of Assessor/Verifier qualifications

You may be wondering, “how could this help my business?”. Well, here’s some ways it can! Having someone with Assessing Occupational Competence Training can assess and improve your workplace environment, and a better environment for your employees, means better quality in their services. Not to mention that how the training is implemented is up to you.

Someone with Internal Quality Assurance training can be the one to verify that the quality of assessment is there, and to improve the quality of assessment if it is needed, but this is more geared towards education. There is also training available for those who would want to lead the teams of Verifiers as well, if that would be more your style. 

Whilst these are just a short rundown of the two courses, why don’t you give it a thought, see how you could implement it in your company, and try the training yourself!


Apprenticeship Myths

Apprenticeship Myths

Here is a list of 5 myths about apprenticeships which you may have thought were true.

  • Apprenticeships are for people that can’t get into university

This myth is not true at all. Some people might just decide that university is not the career path that they want to take and decide that taking an apprenticeship is the way they want to go forward.

  • Apprenticeship qualifications are not highly recognised

There are different level qualifications in the apprenticeship scheme starting from intermediate all the way to degree level. No matter the level of apprenticeship you decide to take, they are all recognised.

Intermediate – Level 2 (GCSE equivalent)

Advanced – Level 3 (A-Level equivalent)

Higher – Level 4, 5, 6 and 7 (Foundation degree)

Degree – Level 6 and 7 (Masters equivalent)

  • I will get better job offers if I go to university

This is not always the case, a lot of employers now look for employees that have had experience, which is what you get when you take an apprenticeship, you get hands-on experience in a working environment, whereas with university you don’t get that experience which employers necessarily look for.

  • The employer will let me go after I finish my apprenticeship

Unfortunately this is the case sometimes but not always. Studies show that over 72% of employers keep their apprentices on as full-time staff after their apprenticeship ends which is a huge amount! This of course won’t happen for everyone but you will gain experience that other employers may look for.

  • Apprenticeships don’t pay enough money

The rate of pay will be different for everyone depending on the level of apprenticeship and your employer. However, the pay for apprentices is still rising! One of the benefits of being an apprentice is that you don’t have to pay for your training whereas if you go to university you will have to pay.

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Twitter Tips & Tricks – Part 2

Twitter Tips & Tricks – Part 2

So last time we talked about a few tricks you could use to improve your standing on twitter. We mentioned some points about staying consistent with posting and using hashtags when posting, but there are other methods that we did not mention as well, and some of them we’re going to cover here.

 First one we’ll mention is interaction, but not just interacting with your own followers with polls, we’re talking about interacting with accounts at any opportunity. Of course this is better and much easier with your own followers and the accounts you follow. What I mean is, when you see an account who you follow saying “Oh we’ve finally achieved X”, congratulate them. Or when an account you follow, or someone you follow follows, does a ‘weekly riddle’ or something similar, this might seem minor, but hop in there and get involved! 

 You may be wondering why now, you see the more you interact, the more friendly and approachable you seem, the more involved you get the more people will see your account, might like what they see and give it a follow, and the more followers you have the better. This is especially good for a company’s account, as the more people who see the account, means the higher chance of people getting interested in your product or service.

 Second point to mention, be casual, now this doesn’t mean be overly casual but avoid being too professional on a site like Twitter. People will enjoy talking to your account if you act casually, and especially if you want to follow the first point. Crack jokes, use GIFs, people enjoy talking and joking with others, rather than the professional talk. From my own experience, our more casual tweets do way better than our tweets leaning more to the professional side. 

 Keep in mind, especially for a company’s account, you don’t want to go overboard with being too casual (unless that’s the aim of the account), if you get too casual it could put people, especially other companies, off, a good balance between professional and casual is the perfect way to act on your twitter account, way more so if it’s a company account.

 And a Third point, we mentioned previously about having the company logo as the account’s profile picture, but also having a twitter banner on your account also helps jazz up how your account looks, and it looks like the effort has been put in as well, making it even more appealing to potential followers. Make sure that this banner is related and in keeping with the overall theme of the account, and most certainly make sure the banner is the correct size – the recommended being 1500×500 pixels. 

 Like the second point, and the previous blog, another thing you could try is hosting one of these “Weekly Questions/Riddles” and creating your own interactions, although to get the ball rolling, you’d need to tag people, so make sure you pick your targets well! This one is kind of risky, tagging the wrong person could result in a lost follower, or the account just doesn’t participate, best accounts to target would be the ones already involved in these things. The timing is also a thing to think about, you don’t want to put it out when all the bigger accounts do, or you’ll just get overshadowed, well tags might still help, but still.  

 And something else you can try is shout outs, getting yourself ‘shouted out’ or ‘shouting out’ others, this will allow more people to see your account. The easiest way to do the first is to make a list of people who follow, like and interact with your account, and at the end of the week compile these account handles (the @name) from the list into a thank you tweet, this will drive up interactions from the accounts mentioned, and the accounts who follow them will also see it, increasing the amount of people who see your account even more.

 As you can see, there are many ways to improve your twitter account’s interaction and popularity. Maybe you have your own ways, but this list of a few things you can do, should hopefully help.

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