Induction and Probationary Periods

Getting the job is just the beginning

Please don’t take things for granted. Employers will want to make sure that they made the right choice.
Some of our employers require satisfactory completion of a probationary period before allowing new staff to undertake their apprenticeship. During this period they will monitor your performance in the office and at the end of the probationary period assess your progress and whether to support your continued employment.

A number of clients also require new staff to complete our bookkeeping self-study induction course, “The Balancing Act”. This takes about 35 to 45 hours to complete and so can be completed over the first week/fortnight in the office. At the end of the course, there is a bookkeeping test to submit to your employer for marking, for which we provide them a marking scheme. 

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We find that this course allows new accounts staff to hit the ground running when starting their job for real. It will also provide you with a head start in your apprenticeship studies. If you commence your apprenticeship immediately you start with your employer, we can provide this course as part of the initial stages of your Level 3 Apprenticeship.

We have recently introduced our own probationary period within our apprenticeship in order to help you build up a really positive momentum in the early stages of your apprenticeship. This will help you complete it within the planned duration – as this is what you, your employer, the ESFA (Skills Funding Agency) and Ofsted will be expecting. 

All of our learners receive an Individual Learning Plan, setting out target dates for completion of each stage of their programme and submission of related progress tests and reflective journals. We will monitor this especially closely over the first 4 to 6 weeks of your apprenticeship to ensure you are managing to make the progress you planned, and will provide extra support to you if needed.