Careers advice and guidance

Progress to Excellence Ltd strives to provide the safest, most enjoyable learning environment for all who utilise our services!

Our Training and Assessment Officers (TAO) are all highly experienced individuals with a vast amount of sector specific knowledge. They will support you throughout your learning experience.

Also, at Progress to Excellence we have a Personal Development, Behaviours and Welfare (PDBW) Officer. The PDBW Officer is there to mediate all your additional needs and provide ongoing Information, Advice and Guidance (IAG) on matters such as careers, childcare, finances and/or emotional and mental health which may impact on your success in learning, in work and in life.

To access this support, you can either discuss with your TAO or contact us here.

Learner Panel

Our Learner Panel will consist of 10 learners, all on different learning programmes. We hope to meet in an easy and accessible location suitable for all parties. The meetings will take place quarterly (3 monthly); however, this can be negotiated amongst the panel. Roles and responsibilities of the panel will include evaluating learning experiences and feedback on how you feel your training could be improved, influence Progress to Excellence Ltd policy and complete projects around social, ethical and political issues to name just a few! You can find out more about our Learner Panel here.

If you wish to apply to become a member of the panel, please send an email (including your name, home address and employer details) to kaye.kelly@progresstoexcellence.co.uk.

In need of some careers advice?

We have created a section below which is dedicated to providing you with impartial careers advice to help with your next steps. If you have any questions relating to careers advice, you can also contact our Careers Advisor, Fiona for support and direction.

Or you can book a careers session using the button below.

Careers advice for individuals

Your allocated Training and Assessment Officer (TAO) will work with you to ensure you have the best CV you can possibly have!

This will be reviewed at the beginning, middle and end of your learning experience.

If you wish to apply for an apprenticeship whilst you’re already doing one – inform your TAO. The conversation will be kept confidential, if required.

Progress to Excellence Ltd are interested in your personal development and will equip you with the skills, knowledge and behaviours, to enable you to explore opportunities best suited to you.

Your TAO will work with you on addressing your career potential. If you have completed a level 2 programme and wish to progress to level 3, an interview may be involved! Don’t panic, we are here to help.

You will already have an up to date CV detailing your experience and expertise so far. Your TAO may have already supported you with your promotion application. They will now provide you with expert interview advice. They will work with you on your interview techniques and will continue to do so until you feel confident. Maybe even a mock interview.

If you don’t feel you are getting this support, please raise a ticket here. Your query will go through to the PDBW Officer who will investigate and ensure you get what you need.

Access to HE

Your CV is the first chance you get to make a good impression on a potential employer. Whether you’re applying for an apprenticeship or a job, your CV needs to be the best it can be. You will find CV writing tips and templates using the website link below:

https://www.reed.co.uk/career-advice/how-to-write-a-cv/

https://www.careerconnect.org.uk/Creating-a-CV-i86.html

Remember to include your transferable skills. Even if you have never had a job before, you will hold transferrable skills.

More information can be found using the link below:

https://nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk/get-a-job/covering-letter#

Don’t let the look of an application form put you off. There’s nothing on there designed to catch you out.

The purpose of an application form is to see what you can offer the role you are applying for.

Top tips:

  • Address the points provided in the job and person specification. Don’t worry if your application seems short, as long as you include the key information, no waffle needed
  • Read each criteria or question carefully – don’t rush through it, which can often be the temptation with pre-written forms
  • Draft an application and spell check. Not all online forms have spell checker on them. Don’t be caught out
  • As always, give it a thorough check, and ask someone else to read over it too.

Interviews can be very nerve-wracking, and you may feel like you will never actually crack them, you will! Below are some handy tips to prepare you for your interview.

  • Even if you don’t feel confident – pretend to be! Remind yourself you are the person for the job, remember they know all about you from your CV and application. Be that person that they have read all about
  • Plan – revisit your application and job description, most of the questions will be around this
  • Make sure you know how long it will take you to get there, plan your route and have your interview clothes ready! Check again on the day of interview to cater for any unplanned delays
  • Think about what questions you would like to ask. You can note these down and read on the way. The pay should have been advertised, try to refrain from using this opportunity to ask about pay.

Information, advice and guidance for employers

Offering quality careers advice and IAG to your staff, can help employers develop their workforce. We’re on hand to help advise as to how you can best embed IAG and careers advice into your organisation, ultimately helping to aid your business. For more information about how you can link IAG processes into your organisation click here.

If you’d like to discuss embedding IAG and careers advice into your business and how we can support with that, please email kaye.kelly@progresstoexcellence.co.uk.