The Blog

Month: September 2017

What you need to know about hiring an apprentice

Tuesday, September 12th, 2017

What is an apprenticeship? Let’s start with the basics. An apprenticeship programme combines working and work-based training with studying for a qualification from GCSE to degree level. What are the benefits of hiring an apprentice? Think of it like investing in the future of your business. Your new employee is more likely to be loyal [Read more…]

Smart ways to get work experience and stand out from the crowd

Monday, September 11th, 2017

Work experience is essential for getting ahead in today’s job market. There’s even a growing trend in employers rating work experience over grades. “About 80 per cent of employers think work experience is essential,” according to a recent study by the City & Guilds. Why? “The key is to show enthusiasm,” agree the experts in [Read more…]

Professional networking advice for beginners

Friday, September 8th, 2017

Ever heard the phrase ‘It’s not what you know, it’s who you know?’ Professional networking dispels this myth, as the purpose of professional networking is not only forging mutually beneficial relationships with other people in business, but also about sharing knowledge and expertise. Professional networking can seem like a daunting two words if you haven’t [Read more…]

How to negotiate your salary for a new job

Thursday, September 7th, 2017

Negotiating your salary can be a tough balancing act between undervaluing and overvaluing yourself. If you suggest a salary that’s too high, you could price yourself out, as employers may offer the job to someone more affordable. Equally, if you give a figure that’s too low, employers may not think you’re senior enough for the [Read more…]

How to handle Skype interviews

Wednesday, September 6th, 2017

Skype and video interviews are increasingly being used by recruiters to narrow down the number of job applicants at an early stage. The rise in remote working has also meant that Skype interviews are necessary to hire talent across the globe. If you want to impress 42% of today’s employers, being able to come across [Read more…]

Get back into education

Tuesday, September 5th, 2017

Here at South & City Birmingham College and Bournville College we believe that you should never stop learning, no matter what stage you are in your career. Whether you want to learn new skills to get that promotion, change your career completely or start something new, a Higher Education qualification can open a lot of doors. [Read more…]

3 amazing benefits of lifelong learning

Monday, September 4th, 2017

Lifelong learning – the act of voluntarily learning new skills and knowledge throughout your life – can have boundless benefits, both personally and professionally. Here’s the main ways you could benefit from taking an adult learning course: 1. Career Lifelong learning can put you in an excellent position to fill skills gap in the marketplace. [Read more…]

Welcome to the South & City College Birmingham Alumni Association…

Friday, September 1st, 2017

If you attended Bournville College, South Birmingham College, City College Birmingham or South & City College Birmingham, we’ve got something exciting in store for you. The South & City College Birmingham alumni association is now officially launched and you’re invited to be a part of it. South & City College Birmingham & Friends is a [Read more…]