Digital Jumpstart- Booster tools for small businesses.

We are delighted to announce that we are launching our new Digital Jumpstart programme for small businesses. This additional service is designed to help the businesses that we work with flourish by offering the implementation of several technologies that are beneficial to the running and operation of your company in the digital age. These services are now available and completely free to any business that has a Sixth Sense Training Modern Apprentice working for their organisation. The service is designed to streamline the day to day running of your business as well as increase your business’s online exposure.

So now not only do you get 100% government funded training for your business’s new apprentice, with Digital Jumpstart you also get access to our business expert’s experience and tried and tested tools to help you grow your business.

The following Digital Jumpstart services are now available to any interested business that employs at least one modern apprentice:

Professional Website Design– Studies show that between 70-80% of people research a company online before visiting the small business or making a purchase with them. Therefore, it is important that when potential customers search for your company they are impressed with what they find. A sleek, well-made website really highlights the professionalism of your business and offers the consumer confidence in choosing you. Our in-house IT team will create a functional website that is both aesthetically pleasing as well as automatically optimised for mobile browsers for any small business that we have an IT or Digital Modern Apprentice within. We will also provide the apprentice with the tools to maintain and update the site as required.

Online Coding Course–  We will fund an acclaimed external course that teaches your apprentice(s) the fundamentals. Develop insider tips to work quickly and efficiently with web technologies like HTML5, CSS3 and Python.  The course also shows the apprentice how to build your own responsive websites using more advanced techniques such as iQuery PHP 7, MySQL 5 and Twitter Bootstrap. By then they’ll be developing blogs and eCommerce sites with WordPress, and learn smart ways to add dynamic content, using APls to connect to sites such as Google Maps and Facebook. “As we all know, the best way to learn is to do, so you’ll complete fun website challenges at every turn. Plus, as you fly through the course, you’ll use your skills to put a site together as you go. The final challenge is a full Twitter clone.”

Bespoke Database Design– Free custom built, mobile friendly database, to hold your customer records, track sales and projects, collaborate with colleagues and more.

Customer Relations Manager– Make tracking your leads and sales as easy as possible. Combined with real-time
communication and task management in one place we will install a fully customisable CRM your team will love to use.

Social Media Management Platform– We will set up a social media management platform for your apprentice to effectively manage all your accounts in one place. Facebook Monitor Multiple Social Media Streams in One Place. This will allow you to schedule posts in advance, easily view analytics data and share information easily. You can also use the platform for social media listening which helps to manage customer service on social media efficiently.

Online Accounting SoftwareWe will implement cloud-based accounting software for small and medium-sized businesses that will allow you to manage invoices, payments, payroll and expenses far more efficiently. No more paper.

H.R System– Instantly access essential information, from key documents to contact details, with adaptable permissions to keep things secure. Individual logins mean your team can take responsibility for updating their own profiles. Team Members can request holiday days, unpaid leave and sick days, with a straightforward approval process for Team Leaders. See an overview of current and upcoming time off for your entire company. Personalise your working week and set restricted days in advance.



The Digital Jumpstart offerings are available for all of the following courses:

Digital Applications SVQ

Digital Marketing SVQ

ICT Professional SVQ

If you would like to take advantage of these services and would like to upskill your existing staff or use our complimentary recruitment service to hire a modern apprentice, please contact recruitment@sixthsense-training.com or fill out the web-form here.


 

Skills Development Scotland ‘Apprentice of the Year 2017’ Nomination

Skills Development Scotland Apprentice of the Year 2017

Sixth Sense Training’s very own Louise Goodman has been nominated for the Skills Development Scotland Apprentice of the Year award… and we couldn’t be prouder of her.Skills Development Scotland

Louise, who is dyslexic, has been completing her ICT Professional apprenticeship over the past few months whilst working 4 days a week in the Sixth Sense office as a systems administrator. Louise’s strong work ethic and passion for all things computer related meant she was an ideal candidate for the ICT apprenticeship.

Louise’s daily responsibilities see her cover various complex issues which keep the business running including working with the bespoke operating system in place at Sixth Sense, diagnosing and fixing technical faults in the office, investigating and correcting faults in customers data entries, providing IT and telecom support and developing the website through content development and using WordPress.


When Louise began her SVQ qualification, Sixth Sense Training were dealing with significantly fewer apprentice applications than we currently deal with today. This increase in apprenticeship applicants has meant Louise has had to put all her ICT training into practise to deal with the increased business demands and the company is currently thriving thanks to some of Louise’s innovative IT ideas.

All the team at Sixth Sense would like to wish Louise the best of luck in her quest to be crowned Scottish Apprentice of the Year 2017 and to remind her that regardless of the outcome, she is an asset to the team at Sixth Sense Training.


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Think you could be a future apprentice of the year?

If you believe you’ve got what it takes to follow in Louise’s footsteps and complete a modern apprenticeship, then sign up with Sixth Sense Training today.

We can assist you with your search for a job and help you develop your skillset.


Follow the link above for further information on modern apprenticeships or contact us to chat.

(01355) 698011

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Learning Disability Week 2017

Learning Disability Week

Mencap is using this year’s Learning Disability Week (19-25 June) to urge employers to think about the benefits of employing people with a learning disability – both for the person with a learning disability and also for the organisation in which they work.

Research carried out by Mencap has indicated there are a number of barriers, which make it harder for people with a learning disability to find, and stay in work. These include negative attitudes and low expectations towards people with a learning disability from employers, managers and colleagues; skills and qualifications gaps, lack of flexible, personalised employment programmes and unfair treatment and discrimination in the workplace.


The week aims to highlight, and remove the barriers faced by people with a learning disability to ensure they enjoy the same quality of life as the population as a whole.

According to research carried out by Mencap, nearly 1 in 3 of 18-35 year olds with a learning disability spend less than 1 hour a day outside their homes and currently 8 in 10 working age people have a mild or moderate learning disability. However, fewer than 2 in 10 are in employment, with less than 6% in paid employment.

We want to help change that.


Here at Sixth Sense Training we pride ourselves on being open and accessible to the needs of the employers and the candidate’s personal circumstances. We aim to match each employee with the perfect business, allowing both to thrive.

Our partnership with assistive technology specialists, Concept Northern, has made this a reality. Concept Northern continually support people with disabilities and learning difficulties in employment, education and privately.

If you’re interested in learning more about the benefits of employing a team member with a learning disability, including boosting staff morale, financial costs and improving the public image of your company by demonstrating a commitment to diversity and inclusivity in the workplace, then contact Sixth Sense Training.

To recruit individuals with learning disabilities and to find out what job opportunities are available in your area visit www.sixthsense-training.com for further information.


Additionally, visit Mencap’s website to see if you can make a difference-

Mencap employers’ resources [online] at: https://www.mencap.org.uk/learning-disability-explained/resources-employers

Mencap Learning Disability Week resources [online] at: https://www.mencap.org.uk/get-involved/learning-disability-week-2017

 

Scottish Employment Recruitment Incentive Funding 2017

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Sixth Sense Training has a history of investing in young people and we are passionate about providing opportunities to those young people that have experienced challenges in life. Time and again we have supported employers in recruiting a young person with barriers to employment and that person has made the most of the opportunity, flourished and became a real asset to the business. A Modern Apprenticeship is a great way for business to grow and for young people living in Scotland to secure a bright future through experience in the workplace, training and the qualification that they attain.

In an effort to promote this valuable chance for businesses to build their workforce whilst providing young people with this opportunity, the government has again opened the Scottish Employment Recruitment Incentive (SERI) for 2017, which targets support at unemployed young people with the greatest barriers to employment to enable them to obtain and remain in sustainable employment including Modern Apprenticeships.


SERI is administered by Our Skillsforce and allows your company to get up to £4,000 when the business commits to hiring a Modern Apprentice (MA). The funding is a contribution towards the additional costs of recruiting a young person during their first 52 weeks of sustainable employment.

The incentive is a co-investment in young people with a view to helping businesses grow. As a national minimum, it is expected that 25% of places allocated to local authorities will support young people who are care leavers, carers, an ex-offender or disabled.

Funding is available from 1 April 2017 to 31 January 2018 to private or third sector organisations of any size. You’ll need to recruit someone who is 16-19 years old and fits one or more of the eligible groups. Our expert recruiters can help you determine whether the candidate is eligible and help you navigate the application process.

Your business will need to demonstrate the ability to offer a young person employment lasting a minimum of 52 weeks during the modern apprenticeship.


More information, along with the Eligibility Criteria can be found here.

Please contact us at info@sixthsense-training.com for more information or to begin the recruitment process.

 

The Apprenticeship Levy And Scottish Businesses

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What Is The Apprenticeship Levy?

In 2015 the UK government announced an apprenticeship levy on all employers with the aim of funding both foundation and modern apprenticeship schemes and eventually delivering over three million apprenticeships with a target date of 2020.

The levy is applicable to all businesses in U.K and is set at a rate of 0.5% of the employer’s payroll. The good news for businesses is that employers will be entitled to an allowance of £15000 to use for apprenticeship training in order to offset the payment. This effectively means that the levy will only be payable on a payroll in excess of £3 million per year.

Smaller companies can still take advantage of available Government funding, which is likely to include an employer contribution.


What Does This Mean For My Business?

Many companies affected by the levy currently either have a small provision for apprenticeships or in many cases don’t provide apprenticeships at all at present. Therefore, many businesses will only be able to reap the benefit of the outlay by implementing a new or expanding their existing, apprenticeship programme.

At Sixth Sense Training we have a fantastic record of taking young inexperienced candidates and, along with great employers, nurturing and training them into valuable assets to the businesses we work with. Who better to partner with and help you minimise the risks and maximise both the opportunities and the value of your businesses contributions that come along with the levy?


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What Can Sixth Sense Training To Do Help? 

  • The levy can be used to upskill existing employees through the SVQ’s that we provide.
  • We can offer a free recruitment service to businesses to hire and train employees working towards a Modern Apprenticeship.
  • Help you define and create your company’s own personalised apprenticeship programme.
  • Advise on any additional funding that may be available.

Further Information Can Be Found At Skills Development Scotland’s Website Here.

 

Scottish Apprenticeship Week 2017- Open Day (9th March)

To celebrate Scottish Apprenticeship Week 2017 we have decided to open our office to all young people, parents and teachers that may want to learn a little bit more about what we do, and what we can offer.

We are inviting all young people under the age of 24 to visit our office to discuss the different career paths available in tech through a Modern Apprenticeship.

Whether you are looking to pursue a career in IT, Digital Marketing or Business & Administration we can help to get you on the right track.

Almost every business now relies heavily on technology and online marketing so the skills you develop are invaluable.

Their will be the opportunity to speak to some of our own apprentices about their own experiences of a Modern Apprenticeship.

We will also be collecting details in order to inform potential candidates of all our latest vacancies and fast-track their applications.

So if you are looking for a different path than university and college offers or simply want to continue your development while still earning a wage come and visit us and we can help.


Let us know if you are coming by Clicking “Going” in our event page:

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Event: Thursday 9th March, 1pm-4pm, 15 St Bryde Street, East Kilbride, G74 4HQ

Investors In Young People Gold Accreditation

SIXTH SENSE TRAINING ACHIEVES INVESTORS IN YOUNG PEOPLE GOLD ACCREDITATION

We are delighted to have achieved the prestigious Investors in Young People Gold Accreditation, the only people management standard that focuses on an employer’s recruitment and retention of young people. This represents a true commitment to the training and development of young people and demonstrates Sixth Sense Training as an employer of choice for young people and testament to their effective practices around Youth Employment.

Having now achieved the gold accreditation, we are now eligible to use and display the Investors in Young People gold logo and plaque, and enjoy its benefits. 

Commenting on the award, Richard Tasker, Managing Director said, “we are delighted to receive this recognition for both ourselves and the young people we employ, as well as those we place into jobs at other companies. This year has been a very good year for our business, and the growth wouldn’t have been possible without the input of our young workers and the qualities they bring to our team.”

Peter Russian, Chief Executive of Investors in People Scotland, said “The Investors in Young People framework not only recognises and supports organisations in the employment of young people, but marks them out as an employer of choice. The benefits of recruiting and developing young people are countless. These include the creation of a talent pool for the future, new and increased skills in areas such as IT and social media, fresh eyes and mind-sets into business operations along with enthusiasm and unique talents.”


IIYP, Scotland’s only people management award focusing on employers’ recruitment and retention of young people, originated through a key recommendation from the Commission for Developing Scotland’s Young Workforce, led by Sir Ian Wood. Offered to all businesses across Scotland, the award recognises and supports organisations in the employment of young people.

For more information on Modern Apprenticeships in Digital Marketing or IT please contact Recruitment & Marketing Manager Jamie McBean on jamiem@sixthsense-training.com or visit www.sixthsense-training.com

For more information on Investors in Young People please visit

www.investorsinyoungpeople.scot

 

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Digital Applications apprenticeship now available

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Thanks to the success of recent training programs with Sixth Sense Training, we have recently asked them to deliver ICT Professional Diploma’s for all of our technical experts.

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Trending on MyMA… write great emails

This article has been lifted from our eLearning website on writing an email campaign- myma.sixthsense-training.com


How do you write a great marketing email?

It all comes down to a few email campaign copywriting best practices that you should apply to both the subject line of your message and the message body itself.

The subject line

  1. Use actionable language. (like “take,” “download,” “reserve,” “ask,” “buy,” etc.), the reader knows exactly what they can do in the email,
  2. Personalise when possible. If you know the contact’s name then add a dynamic name field such as [FIRSTNAME] into your subject line,
  3. Prioritise clarity, and only then think about “catchiness.” You might have a great line that sounds cool but makes no sense. Your subject line should be clear before anything else.
  4. Align your subject line copy and email copy. Make sure that your subject line is actually the subject of your email main body content.

The main body

  1. Establish relevancy. This is different from personalising your email. Just because you know the customer’s name doesn’t mean the email is relevant. Try to think about something that interests them specifically.
  2. Write in the second person. Writing in the second person means using the pronouns “you,” “your,” and “yours.”
  3. Talk about benefits, not features. You know the value of your email. But does your recipient? No, not yet. And it’s your job to explain it.
  4. Be brief. Think about when you open a marketing email in your inbox. Do you read every single word in there? Probably not.
  5. Be lovable. Just because emails are meant to inform doesn’t mean they can’t also delight. In some cases, email can be a great avenue for letting your brand’s personality shine, helping you build a meaningful relationship with the folks on your email list.
  6. Use actionable language in your call-to-action.That’s right: Emails have calls-to-action, too.
Here’s an example of a great email:
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We know that it’s probably not possible to include every single step mentioned above, but if you try to include as many as possible, your email will be sure to have a positive effect on your customers.

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This article has been taken from myma.sixthsense-training.com – our eLearning portal for Modern Apprenticeships. To access the rest of this course, and loads more like it, call us now to see if you’re eligible for one of our apprenticeships.

01355 698011

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Vote for Sixth Sense Training

Vote for Sixth Sense Training!

Sixth Sense Training is currently launching a new series of digital skills courses aimed at young people who are getting ready to leave school and considering a career in Information Technology.

We’ve applied for funding for the following digital skills opportunity and need your help to make it happen…


Our project is a series of distance learning classes designed to train youths in the skills of Digital Marketing. The course is designed to make use of the latest in digital learning technology to create a modern learning environment for Glasgow’s young people.

The course will be delivered over four weeks and will consist of virtual classes of 15 students. Along with a virtual classroom, we plan to make use of video lectures and our own custom built eLearning website which is full of interactive content that they can use to learn at their own pace in between lectures and assignments. The course will cover online marketing, how to promote business through social media and newsletters and will teach students how to build a professional and contemporary looking website using a popular web building platform. It will also cover search engine optimisation, keywords, adwords and other forms of paid adverts. This course will equip youths with the skills necessary to move into an IT role with the prospect of gaining a vocational qualification.

We are very excited about the prospect of working with young people so early on to harness natural ability and give them the opportunity to develop into industry professionals. During the program, we will present digital skills career choices as achievable, worthwhile goals to set. It’s our objective to provide each trainee with at least one career option on completion of the program. These career options can range from admin and digital marketing to technical IT apprenticeships.


If you think that young people in the Glasgow area would benefit from digital skills training followed by a genuine job offer, click on this link and vote for Sixth Sense Training.

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