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Open Day 14th April

Book on to our Open Day today Due to the overwhelming success of our February open day, we are hosting another event...

5 tips for your first day as an apprentice

The perfect opportunity has arrived! You have been offered an apprenticeship. Well done! Here are 5 tips for your...

Apprenticeship Vacancies On Offer Now

Next Level have a number of Business Administration apprenticeship vacancies available in Bristol City Centre and the...

Recruiting New Employees and Celebrating New Employers

Next Level are celebrating our new employers and recruiting new employees for our clients! We have expanded our...

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 1926 – 2022

All at Next Level and Reflections Training Academy have been saddened by the news of the passing of Her Majesty Queen...

Changes to the Apprenticeship Standard

Changes to the apprenticeship funding rules that are useful for employers to know! We would like to take this...

Upskill your staff with apprenticeships!

We take the time to understand your business and design the right training plans based on what your organisation's...

Welfare and Wellbeing Awareness – The Employer Clinics

We value the welfare and wellbeing of our employers/learners and colleagues. We...

URGENT ACTION – Apprenticeship Recruitment News

As a Bristol, UK, based apprenticeship training provider. We specialise in Business Administration apprenticeships,...

Minimum Wage Increase in April

Minimum wage has increase from April 2022, this is a reminder for our employers who will need to change their...
5 tips for your first day as an apprentice

5 tips for your first day as an apprentice

The perfect opportunity has arrived! You have been offered an apprenticeship. Well done! Here are 5 tips for your first day as an apprentice, that will help you manage your first working day. It's now time to show all of your strengths. Your first day is probably going to be the most exciting and stressful in your career but no worries; in the following paragraphs, we have put together some tips, to make sure that your first day is the best it can be.1. DON'T BE AFRAID OF ASKING QUESTIONS.It’s your first day, you’re expected to ask questions! For this reason, don’t suffer in silence if you don’t understand something, as this will take up more time, and may need to know for future reference anyway. Make the most of your first day by asking anything you're unsure about. Asking questions can often show that you care about what you are doing and are proactive. With this in mind, taking notes is a great way to record the information for your future reference. Additionally, these are some...

Apprenticeship Vacancies On Offer Now

Apprenticeship Vacancies On Offer Now

Next Level have a number of Business Administration apprenticeship vacancies available in Bristol City Centre and the wider areas. Do you know someone who is looking for their first job? Thinking about changing careers? Or, wants to develop their skills? Show them our apprenticeship vacancies! What training will the apprentice take and what qualification will the apprentice get at the end? Next Level will work closely with you to complete your Level 3 Business Administrator Apprenticeship. We can hire apprentices at any time and hold regular workshops for those on the course. These workshops run once every 2 weeks both online and in our academy in Bristol City Centre. You will get specific 1-2-1 tutoring and regular reviews between you tutor, manager and yourself to ensure you are meeting deadlines and staying on top of your work. Meet the team here to find out more about us! If required, we can also provide Functional Skills in maths and English throughout your apprenticeship....

Recruiting New Employees and Celebrating New Employers

Recruiting New Employees and Celebrating New Employers

Next Level are celebrating our new employers and recruiting new employees for our clients! We have expanded our network. We help our clients recruit new employees, or started a journey with existing staff to fill any skills gaps. HAG Limited Next Level have recently recruited a business admin level 3 apprentice with HAG Limited, a second generation family partnership who manufacture, design and instal a range of specialist doors. Digby Associates Digby Associates is a Wealth Management Firm based in the heart of Bristol’s city centre. Having recently recruited a business administration apprentice to learn about mortgages, investments and a better financial future. Marlowe Group We are supplying many at Marlowe with the opportunity to progress within their careers, upskill and become efficient Team Leaders and Managers on our level 3 programme. The employee roles vary from health & safety, HR compliance, fire safety, security, water treatment & hygiene and each will benefit...

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 1926 – 2022

All at Next Level and Reflections Training Academy have been saddened by the news of the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, and we join the whole country in sending our deepest condolences to her family. We will be following government guidance regarding the period of national mourning. The Department for Education has advised that schools and education settings should remain open during the period of national mourning and we are on hand to support learners and employers with anything they need. Please do get in touch with your relevant academy if you need to. It has been announced that the day of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II funeral, Monday 19 September 2022, will now be a public (bank) holiday. Therefore, the training academy will be closed on this day. We will continue to give all learners the time to reflect about the death of Queen Elizabeth. We understand that, for some, the current national focus may trigger different emotions and feelings around loss and death. It...

Changes to the Apprenticeship Standard

Changes to the Apprenticeship Standard

Changes to the apprenticeship funding rules that are useful for employers to know! We would like to take this opportunity in thanking you for your continued support during 2021/22 with your learners training on their Apprenticeship Standard. Moving into a new academic year we felt it necessary to update you on several changes from 1st August. Not all will directly impact your learners on programme, it may just be reflective to any new learners. Please note we have listed the main changes for you however we will be looking to hold an employer meeting in October so we can firm up this information, or alternatively should you need more information sooner please liaise with our team members. To book an employer meeting please speak with our new team member Annie Walters! HMRC The learners pay on your DAS account will need to reflect that on the PAYE. Copy of Job role We will require information from yourselves against the requirements of the apprenticeship role e.g. job description?...

Upskill your staff with apprenticeships!

Upskill your staff with apprenticeships!

We take the time to understand your business and design the right training plans based on what your organisation's needs We can help improve staff retention and futureproof your business with both short and long-term training We provide a whole organisational approach that enables you to upskill staff in senior-level roles to junior team members What is upskilling? Upskilling is simply a way to train your employees so that they can become better equipped at doing what they do best. You can start your staff on an apprenticeship quickly and easily, with full support and guidance from Next Level. We can help you align your staff development goals to your business growth, offering a wide variety of learning programmes that suit both you and your employees. Upskill with apprenticeships We work with hundreds of employers, and help over 5,000 apprentices across Bristol, Birmingham, the South West and London, with individuals and companies looking upskill themselves with a recognised...

Welfare and Wellbeing Awareness – The Employer Clinics

We value the welfare and wellbeing of our employers/learners and colleagues. We would like to invite you to join our employer forum to discuss the following: SafeguardingEmployment Rights and ResponsibilitiesWhat’s up external linksSexual HarassmentAnything under the safeguarding tree! If you or anyone you work with has experience mal-treatment, or would like advice for your mental health/PTSD/general wellbeing, how to introduce practices in to work, and so on! https://www.nextleveltraining.uk.com/safeguarding/ See our Safeguarding policy here for more details For more information on Safeguarding please visit the NHS page for further details. Here you will find details on: The Care ActYour ResponsibilitiesThe Mental Capacity actPrevent/ChannelDomestic Abuse/ViolenceAnd further important safeguarding issues for adults.

URGENT ACTION – Apprenticeship Recruitment News

URGENT ACTION – Apprenticeship Recruitment News

As a Bristol, UK, based apprenticeship training provider. We specialise in Business Administration apprenticeships, Digital Marketing apprenticeships and Management courses. We are here to give you advice on how to change your permissions on the government website to select Next Level as your Training Provider. The government has released a new system for employers to use when they are selecting a local training provider. The Recruit an Apprentice process has completely changed and this is now achieved through your Digital Account Service. While prospective learners are searching to find an apprenticeship they often look at the website. This has recently undergone a huge change and now employers have to allow permissions for training providers to advertise. In order for us to advertise vacancies through the government website, you, as employers need to give us the relevant permissions via your Digital Account Service (DAS) account! To support, I have added some screenshots below on...

Open Day 14th April

Open Day 14th April

Book on to our Open Day today Due to the overwhelming success of our February open day, we are hosting another event in April! We are a Bristol-based apprenticeship training provider who specialises in business courses designed for all! Thinking about changing careers? Or looking for further education while earning a living wage? Call the team now to secure your place 01179 221 440, option 2

National Apprenticeship Week

National Apprenticeship Week

National Apprenticeship week is a celebration of apprenticeships across England, with thousands of online events happening this week and the opportunity to explore your other options for Further Education. #BuildTheFuture The theme for National Apprenticeship Week 2022 was 'build the future'; the theme encapsulates how apprentices can not only develop their knowledge, skills and build a career, businesses can also develop a talented workforce that is equipped with future-ready skills. What an apprenticeship means TRAIN – Future proof your workforce or career though an apprenticeship. RETAIN – Apprentices gain the skills and knowledge your organisation needs, learn the values of your business and make impact. They allow you to develop your future workforce and talent. ACHIEVE – Realise the business benefits and career progression available and how apprenticeships and traineeships can help you transform your future. #AskAnApprentice Connor has taken several of our programmes including...

Useful Self Help Links for Mental Health Support

Useful Self Help Links for Mental Health Support

Suzanne Sewell Suzanne is our Safeguarding Lead here in Bristol and can be contacted for further information on mental health, safeguarding learners and employers and answer your questions. Contact details: M: 07425607820 | E: suzanne.sewell@reflectionstraining.co.uk...

Useful Self Help Links for Mental Health Support

Useful Self Help Links for Mental Health Support

Anxiety is best overcome by confronting fears rather than by avoiding them. Practice daily relaxation methods to reduce physical symptoms.Reduce or avoid caffeine intake to 300mg or less daily. Engage in regular exercise (at least 30 mins a day)Engage in leisure time...

How to prepare for an online interview

How to prepare for an online interview

Since WFH is the new norm and lockdowns are looming around every corner a lot of interviews are now held online. They save you money on travel, and time.  Yet for you it can be just as unnerving sat in the Zoom Waiting Room as it would be face to face! Sweaty...

How to write a CV

How to write a CV

So the first thing companies will see of you is your CV (or Curriculum Vitae) and writing it can be a bit stressful. There are no strict rights or wrongs but you want it to be clear, to the point and present you in the best light! It is a unique opportunity to really...