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Case Studies | Oct 05

How to prepare for an Apprenticeship interview

When the time comes to finish school or college, it can be hard to know what to do in the future. If further or higher education is the path you would like to choose then you could be faced with the decision of going to university to get a degree verse gaining an apprenticeship to earn while you learn. Therefore, it is worth considering all your options and discovering which is the best route for you. Apprenticeships combine both practical and theoretical elements whilst earning a salary at the same time. It enables you to gain a real qualification and a long-term career path in a specific sector. It is a real job; you are an employee with a contract of employment and holiday leave. Apprenticeships can take between one and six years to complete depending on the one you choose. The typical trades such as construction and engineering are now not the only sectors available to choose from, with most people being surprised to hear the variety of apprenticeships that are now on offer. The ever-expanding choice of apprenticeships in business functions such as Human Resources, Law and Sales now enable young people to choose a path which will have a real impact on their experience and influence their future career. Yes, engineering is a common and traditional apprenticeship choice however it can open doors to exciting and challenging careers in a range of industries such as aerospace, marine, mechanical, energy and, many more. Engineers are essential in almost every industry, therefore there are always opportunities to choose from. When you have made the decision to choose an apprenticeship, you will need to apply as you would for any other job. Like all jobs, there are many stages leading up to a successful offer of employment. To be successful for an Engineering apprenticeship, you may be required to carry out screening checks, psychometric testing, interviews and attend an assessment day. These stages give you the chance to find out more about the company, the people who work there, and the job itself. Interview TipsTo support you on your journey, we have created a list of helpful tips and advice that we feel are important and will help you prepare for the interviews and assessment day:Always research the company Whether this is looking at their website, social media platforms, or blogs, always know the company’s history and what they are up to. Present yourself as if you are already part of the team. Know why you want to do this apprenticeship and work for the business Think about your future and what you want to achieve, explain how an apprenticeship will support your ambitions. Also, what interests you about the company you are applying for. Research the apprenticeship you have applied for You need to understand what will be required from you for the apprenticeship and how you can transfer other relevant skills and adapt them to the current role you are applying for. Always use examples.e.g. Working in a shop which taught you how to deal with different personalities/people. Prepare your questions to ask the company at the end of an interview You should always be prepared to have some questions you would like to ask; this will show you are interested in the job and the company you are applying for. e.g., After completing the apprenticeship what opportunities will be available within the company?Always be enthusiastic about what you are applying for and the industry Show why this apprenticeship interests you, you may have a hobby or be fascinated by fictional programs but demonstrate this in the interview. Practice talking about yourself and in front of friends and family Work through various interview questions to help you gain confidence in answering them. Think about your goals and where you want to get to in the future In the interview, a typical question would be ‘where do you see yourself in 5 years’ time’ – prior to the interview research what jobs you are looking to progress into. For our apprentices, typically this would be an aviation maintenance engineer. Plan, whether it be for the interview or assessment day, and make sure you arrive on timeAlways arrive 10 minutes early and make sure you look at your route in advance to allow for traffic.Come prepared Always bring a hard copy of your CV and details of the apprenticeship you applied for, this will give you something to refer to if you need a little help. After the interview has taken place, the employer normally gives you an estimated date for when to expect a response to whether you are successful or not. Thanks, them for their time, and always make sure you check your emails and double-check your phone works for voicemail if you can’t answer. How We Can HelpResource Training Solutions has been delivering Engineering Apprenticeships for over 17 years and has an established reputation as the leading training provider for the aviation industry with an illustrious client base and the highest level of accreditations. Being industry embedded, our dedicated Apprenticeship team can provide a fully managed service to recruit, train and deploy apprentices through a full career path. Our specialist recruitment team provides the support and guidance you need to hopefully become successful with our apprenticeship offering. If you would like to find out further information about the recruitment services we offer and our step-by-step guide from when you submit your CV and the final assessment day please visit our full recruitment process here: https://www.employment.resourcegroup.co.uk/employers/employment-services/Apprenticeship-recruitment-solutions 

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Insights | Aug 26

Resource Group enter partnership with Hans Airways, a new UK start-up airline to deliver recruitment services for its A330 fleet.

​Resource Group are excited to announce a newly formed partnership with the UK start-up airline, Hans Airways. Resource Group have started the recruitment process for the flight crews needed to support Hans Airways path towards gaining its UK Air Operator Certificate (AOC) later this year. Resource Group’s UK subsidiary, Contractair will work alongside Hans Airways in hiring Captains, First Officers and Training Captains required to fly its planned fleet of A330-200s. Contractair has a long history of providing dedicated support to the commercial and VIP aviation markets with an added focus on the quality of personnel that such operations require. “We welcome Hans Airways to our ever-expanding portfolio of airline partners and we look forward to helping them on their start-up journey,” comments Robin Hepworth, Business Manager at Resource Group. “We have been serving the recruitment and resourcing needs of the aviation and aerospace sector for more than 40 years and we are confident of maintaining a strong relationship with Hans Airways as its network expands.”“This recruitment agreement is a well-timed development as we prepare to launch our direct non-stop flights to India later in 2021,” says Nathan Burkitt, Director Flight Operations and Crew Training at Hans Airways. “It will allow the leadership team to focus on our launch preparations while at the same time filling the essential flight crew roles that we need. Resource Group brings decades of invaluable experience in this field, having worked with the likes of British Airways, Virgin Atlantic and easyJet, to name but a few of their other airline partners.”Hans Airways are delivering on their promise to sign with well-recognised third-party suppliers and Resource Group look forward to sourcing its first flight crew in readiness for the start of operations in late 2021. “Our intention from the beginning has been to work with industry-leading partners, like Resource Group, who are recognised as best in class at what they do. This strategy will continue as we move closer to launch,” adds Burkitt. For further details please visit: www.hansairways.com / www.resourcegroup.co.uk/

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Case Studies | May 13

International Expansion

​Resource Group was approached by an airline whose niche market was saturated. The company contacted us to discuss opportunities in other countries, as well as possible solutions that would implement the best strategy for various variables such as geography, local legislation, skills available, taxes and social security. Other factors to be considered were operational providers, line maintenance, airport fees and their current company skillset, and the ability to adapt to the ever-changing environment. After several meetings between the client and ourselves, a tailored solution was provided. We worked in collaboration, where we provided consulting services that led to an HR partnership in various countries in the north and southeast of Europe. Focusing on the client’s objectives, we also provided support on the following.·         Commercial proposals for ACMI and wet-leasing services·         Creation of their branches and management teams·         Connection and coordination with HQ·         Recruitment, Screening and Compliance Due to our international presence, Resource Group was able to provide a solution that resulted in an efficient expansion with physical offices and increased presence in various countries, as well as compliant operations in alternative locations.

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Case Studies | May 13

Dassault Falcon 7x Aircraft Modification

​As part of an ongoing relationship with one of our MRO clients, Resource Group was asked to provide a ROM proposal to plan, manage and carry out a key modification to a Dassault Falcon 7x aircraft for a fixed price and timescale. This modification involved the retrofit of centre wing tank access panels as per Service Bulletin 338-R1. This SB was issued by Dassault in order to better facilitate wing tank access for future inspections and cleanings in the case of contamination. Upon receipt of the Service Bulletin, we leveraged the technical knowledge of key internal employees who are ex-industry professionals in order to put together a personnel/cost/time proposal that was sent to the client. Using this task-specific knowledge of our specialist meant that our proposal was more accurate with regards to timescale and personnel requirements and allowed us to propose the most competitive price, meaning our proposal was accepted and we were given the green light to proceed.Following acceptance of the proposal, our recruitment team was able to identify several known contractors within our network with existing knowledge and experience of this service bulletin.The selected contractors were then vetted by our recruitment teams to ensure that they had the necessary currency and certifications in place. Subsequently, their profiles, complete with certification packages, were forwarded to our client's quality department for final approval; a process that was swift thanks to the thorough checks performed by our recruitment team. After approval, the contracting team was deployed to our client's site, where they were met by one of our senior recruiters who acted as an onsite technical representative for the duration of the project. The team then carried out the Service Bulletin within the timescales provided in the initial proposal and incurred zero cost overruns. The successful completion of this project, the professionalism of our contractor team and the subsequent client satisfaction resulted in an additional rest to repeat this modification on a subsequent aircraft several months after the first was completed.In addition, we were also able to offer the same team/work package to several other MRO clients who were performing the same modification.

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Case Studies | May 13

Swiss-based Aviation Recruitment Consultancy

The inauguration of the Nomad Technic’s facility in 2018, resulted in the need for a Swiss-based aviation recruitment consultancy to support the recruitment of a growing team and provide a Swiss-approved labour lease framework. Resource Group was initially engaged to recruit various team members on a permanent basis. Following this success, Resource Group was called upon to be Nomad’s first-choice supplier for temporary aircraft maintenance staff, and to this day we continue to supply Nomad with their weekly requirements for skilled aircraft technicians and licensed engineers to complement their staff and operations. Through our longevity in the Swiss market and our access to local labour pools, coupled with our understanding of local Swiss labour lease regulations, we have been able to continually guide and advise Nomad with their temporary labour supply. “We are happy to have Resource Group as our first-choice onsite provider of our aircraft maintenance contractor workforce. They are able to react quickly to our requirements and supply high-quality technical skills at short notice whilst guaranteeing excellent service levels – the onsite management they provide is the extra touch both we and their contractors all appreciate”. Nomad Aviation​

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Case Studies | May 13

Provider of Technical Personnel to Basel based VIP aircraft facility

​Since the opening of AMAC’s hanger doors in 2007, Resource Group has been the premier on-site provider of technical personnel to their Basel-based VIP aircraft facility. Resource Group currently supplies staff for both AMAC’s maintenance and completions departments on short to long-term temporary contracts along with providing on-site management for the deployed workforce. Thanks to our long working history with AMAC we have come to understand their needs and operational requirements in depth, which has allowed us to react quickly and effectively in supplying temporary staff, whilst leveraging our presence and understanding of the Swiss labour market to best deliver.

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Case Studies | May 13

A Corporate Responsible Service

​Rising to the challenge of a crisis is nothing new to organisations within the aviation and aerospace industry however, the impact of COVID-19 on our sector has been tremendous. The actions that businesses take during these times are crucial resulting in clients adapting and adjusting to the new environment. During the last crisis, the traffic decreased on average 40%, with low expectations of an immediate recovery. These circumstances led to the unfortunate journey of companies having to make difficult decisions to maintain the core of the business and remain in the air. A client of ours, a known operator had to make a big adjustment in Spain and made the decision to move staff to other offices in Europe. Management was aware of the complexities of relocating all staff during these testing times, therefore they wanted to support them by having an Outplacement programme in place during this transition. The client approached several companies for an outplacement programme however they were not searching for a generic solution. Resource Group offers tailored solutions for each client alongside a wide range of services that are adapted to your budget and needs. We were able to provide a solution that was driven by years of industry knowledge, which highlighted our understanding of roles within aviation and how to support employees to find employment during a high-stress situation. The outplacement scheme was programmed for six months, which would enable us to work together with the client and identify job opportunities in the market. Within the first few weeks, most of the non-relocated staff were supported to find another opportunity. Feedback from enrolled personnel was that the humanist treatment and empathy throughout the process enabled them to have the confidence and enthusiasm to choose the best options available to them and have a plan in place during their new job.

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Case Studies | May 13

Payroll and Outsourcing

​Our international presence has made Resource Group a trustworthy company for partners who need support in payroll and outsourcing solutions. One of our clients would sign contracts for 6 to 12 months relying on a model, where HQ positioned crews, maintenance, and other personnel. This approach was not cost-efficient, and the client needed to comply with local regulations therefore it was necessary to base some personnel locally. Further complexity that the client faced, was to coordinate employment in approximately 8 countries from HQ to fill contracts that could run for years. With our global footprint, wide range of business licenses, accreditations and active compliant payroll solutions, the client decided that we were the best partner to resolve their business complexities. As a go-to strategic partner, we had provided one touchpoint which would work with the client’s operations department ensuring efficiency and compliance were met. Shortly after working together, positive changes were being seen such as cost savings on transport and accommodation for personnel. More recently, Covid-19 has changed the way organisations operate and how employees work. Due to the growing relationship between the client and Resource Group, we were able to implement solutions as a response to the current market situation.

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