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What was your dream job growing up?   “I was going to open the batting for England!” Up until age of 14 Andy dreamt of opening the batting for his country. He played for his local cricket club which was affiliated to the county side and continues to play in social games.   What was your first job in recruitment and how did you get into it?   Andy’s first job in recruitment was with Sammons about 18 years ago. Andy was a Pensions Administrator and had been messed about by 3 other recruitment agencies. One of which even sent

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By Justin Cash 28th March 2019   Two hundred people have now achieved either a diploma in financial planning or certificate in mortgage advice through Quilter’s Financial Adviser School.   The firm, formerly run under the Old Mutual brand, says that of the 300 students that have joined the school since it acquired it in 2016, 200 have now qualified as a financial or mortgage adviser through it.   A level six course for chartered status was added last autumn. In October, Intrinsic – the advice network also owned by Quilter – said it would also fund a new programme at the

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    Well done to Jake Hutchings on successfully passing his Level 3 Certificate in Recruitment Practice awarded by the Recruitment & Employment Confederation (REC) as part of his apprenticeship to become a Recruitment Consultant. Jake joined the Premier Jobs UK team in July 2018 and has quickly developed his knowledge and skills in financial services recruitment. If you are currently in a back office support role or keen to secure a Trainee position within financial services, give him a call on 0208 0044 154.

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There are 2 main routes you can utilise to obtain your financial planning qualifications to become a Financial Adviser – The London Institute of Banking & Finance and the Chartered Insurance Institute.   The London Institute of Banking & Finance (DipFA) The London Institute of Banking & Finance enables you to gain the DipFA qualification which is an industry benchmark Financial Adviser qualification, which meets the FCA’s qualification requirement for retail investment advisers.   DipFA consists of two units. Unit 1 – Financial Services Regulation and Ethics (FSRE) Recommended study time 3 months This unit starts as soon as you

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Apprenticeships offer both employees and employers many benefits, not least no debt for apprentices, unlike under graduates choosing university of having the financial burden of student loans which can take years to repay. As such, many employers are now choosing this route over alternatives such as employing university graduates or taking on employees without any structured vocational training. We have previously covered the benefits of an apprenticeship to an individual – to view this article click the following link Why should you choose an apprenticeship?   Building Skills and Keeping Staff A skills gap is currently affecting many organisations and

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Why not get your 2019 off to the best possible start by landing your dream role? You could set yourself up for a great year with hopefully many more to come. Are you tired of your employer failing to deliver on promises? Do you believe your role isn’t fulfilling your needs? Do you feel like you are undervalued within your current firm and consider it is time for a change? If any of the above apply to you, then make it your New Year’s resolution to land yourself your dream job and wake up looking forward to going to work.

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Here at Premier Jobs UK, 5 of our team have utilised an apprenticeship to aid their learning. Therefore, we have first-hand experience of apprenticeships and the success which they offer. We are going to cover the benefits we found when going through the apprenticeship route.   So, what are the benefits of an apprenticeship? Earn while you learn – You will gain a nationally recognised qualification, whilst getting paid! Although, it is not about the money, it is a certainly a bonus to know you are earning whilst you learn the ropes in your chosen field. Wide range of apprenticeships

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Here at Premier Jobs UK we pride ourselves on providing the best service to our candidates, with the goal of being the go-to recruitment agency to use for Top Tips for Career Progression as well as landing your next job. As you can see from the title, this month’s blog is all about how best to get your next promotion.   Are you doing a great job – Firstly, the most important question is are you good at your job? Are you consistently exceeding targets and excelling in your current role? Have you built up a reputation within your firm

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This month’s blog is all about the most common mistakes when trying to get a job; which can be the difference of you landing your dream job or them offering it to someone else. Interview punctuality Being punctual and on time to an interview is vital when trying to make that perfect first impression. Being late can create the worst initial impression however when this happens due to factors outside your control, all is not lost at this point. Like the saying goes, “better late than never”. So, if for some reason this happens it is important to compose yourself.

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No matter how many interviews you’ve attended, they never seem to get any easier. Each interview is different as you must adapt to each role you are applying for; which many people find hard to do. We have come up with a list of helpful tips to help you prepare in advance and during the interview. These should hopefully help give you the best chance of getting a job offer and keep you as calm as possible during the process. Research the company! Knowing about the role and the company will impress any interviewer. Read the job description and visit

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