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Fast Track recruitment process

Our Apprenticeships are opening the doors to Higher Education, and for you, they’re the chance to be the leader that you know (and we know) you can be. We want everyone to have that kind of opportunity, so we’re making sure our process is fair and open. No tricks, no tripping you up – just as much support and advice as we can give you.  

Applications for 2017 are now closed.

Already applied for a Higher Apprenticeship this year?

If you applied for our Leadership and Management Higher Apprenticeship programme earlier this year and you completed the online assessment 'Show Us Your Strengths' then you will only need to complete the online application form for the Fast Track apprenticeship. This is because research has suggested that your score from this first assessment will be valid for a maximum of 6 months, so, the assessment you already completed will be used for your Fast Track application.

What are we looking for?

Throughout the assessment process, we’ll be looking out for particular strengths and cognitive abilities – character traits and skills you’ll find in our leaders all over the business. They’re qualities anyone can build on, no matter your background.

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Critical analyst

Critical analyst

You like to understand and work out problems and complex information. When it comes to finding a solution, you’ll think broadly and consider a wide number of information sources to reach your conclusions.

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Determined worker

Determined worker

Driven to work hard and never give up, even under pressure. Ready to meet challenges and complete tasks, whatever the obstacles ahead of you.

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Efficient planner

Efficient planner

Able to plan your day and manage your time effectively. Even when there’s a lot to do, you stay calm, logical, and able to prioritise what’s important, so that you can make the most of your day.

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Relationship builder

Relationship builder

Keen to build great relationships with team members, and with other colleagues across the business. Happy to communicate with others, and to let them know when you need help.

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Capable learner

Capable learner

Hungry to learn more. Quickly able to take what you’ve learned and use it in different situations. Motivated to know more, and to make sure what you know is accurate and reliable.

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Numerical interpreter

Numerical interpreter

You’ll also demonstrate that you’ve got a head for numbers: you can use numerical skills to solve a problem, and you can use numerical data to understand a subject and tell a story through facts and figures.

How can you prepare?

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Think about what drives you

Think about what drives you

Remember our questions are strengths-based. That means there aren’t wrong answers in our digital assessment – we’re just trying to find out how you’d approach a challenge, and how your individual character would fit with our programme.

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Be ready for a range of questions

Be ready for a range of questions

In your digital assessment, we’ll ask you a wide variety of question types – some of them a little different from what you might have found elsewhere. Rather than being asked to write at length on only a handful of questions, expect a different pace, with the chance to express how you feel about different tasks and activities.

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Show us the real you

Show us the real you

Your digital assessment is a chance to get to know more about our Apprenticeships and how they work. If you enjoy the experience, then chances are you’ll also enjoy the programme. At the same time, if you relax and show us what motivates you, it helps us to work out where you’d be best suited.

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