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  • Business Development, Sales Executive
    South East - Salary negotiable

    My client is one of the UK's most reputable providers of vocational training, they are currently looking to expand their sales force and have some exciting opportunities available to join their business development teams in the South East. These positions are permanent roles which require you to work 4 or 5 days a week. Key responsibilities include: To identify and engage with SMEs within your region and develop long term business relationships with employers. Approaching organisations promoting the employment of apprentices. Attrib...

  • Mechanics, Technicians
    Midlands, Soutwest - Salary negotiable

    We have been appointed by a number of leading automotive retail outlets to source skilled technicians/mechanics to join various dealerships and franchises in the midlands and southwest. Positions are available on a permanent basis and they vary form senior opportunities to junior appointments. Please email us or forward a copy of your CV and one of our agents will be in touch.  

  • Freelance Trainer
    London - £27 ph

    We have an excellent opportunity to work with a highly regarding education provider. They are looking for an enthusiastic trainer to deliver the CIPS level 4 diploma in procurement and supply chain.  Approximately 5 units assessed through external delivery and 1 case study.  Initially the position will require the successful applicant to work 3 days a week, however more hours and days will be available in the coming months. Please forward a copy of your CV and we will contact you to discuss the position.  

  • Senior Project Manager
    Birmingham - Salary negotiable

    The client we are recruiting for is one of the country’s leading construction companies. They deliver award-winning construction, development and regeneration projects to the most exacting standards across public and commercial private sectors.  An excellent opportunity has become available for an outstanding Senior Project Manager to work on an accommodation project in Birmingham worth over 25 million. The Senior Project Manager will be responsible for the economic safe management of the site in respect of progress, workmans...

  • Assessor, Trainer
    Woking Guilford - Salary negotiable

    One of the UK's leading training providers are delivering Apprenticeships in the workplace and are looking for a Health and Social Care (HSC) Training Advisor / Assessor to cover learners in Woking/ Guilford/ maidenhead areas. This role is being offered on a full time permanent basis where you will be based from home and visiting learners and employers in the workplace. This role is to teach, train and assess learners in Care at NVQ Level 2 and Level 3 The ideal candidate will have solid experience and be able to deliver at level 2 and 3...

  • Health and Social Care (HSC) Training, Assessor
    South East - Salary negotiable

    Are you experienced in Care and have worked to management level? Are you ready to Train others and share your wealth of experience? One of the UK's leading training providers are delivering Apprenticeships in the workplace and are looking for a Health and Social Care (HSC) Training Advisor / Assessor to cover learners in Essex and Surrounding Area's. This role is being offered on a full time permanent basis where you will be based from home and visiting learners and employers in the workplace. This role is to teach, train and a...

  • Assessor or Trainee Assessor, Brighton
    Brighton - Salary negotiable

    My client is a well established national provider with a substantial SFA contract. An excellent opportunity has arisen for a home based qualified assessor to work in Brighton. You will be required to train and assess Learners in Pro Cook L2 &  L3 , to the standards set by our client, Awarding Organisations, Ofsted and the SFA. Working with a case load of learners, a bonus is also available on course completion. It will be requested that you have meetings with your line manager which will take place ideally within a 30 mile radiu...

  • Managing Director
    National - Salary negotiable

    We have an exciting opportunity available for a Managing Director to join a highly regarded Grade 2 ofsted national training provider. They currently have 100 employees across England. Reporting to the Chairman and owners you will take responsibility for the strategic direction and day-to-day management of a £5 million turnover training business with a Skills Funding Agency contract. Responsibilities include: •Formulating and successfully implementing company policy. •Directing strategy towards the profitable growth and ...

  • Managing Director
    National - Salary negotiable

    We have an exciting opportunity available for a Managing Director to join a highly regarded Grade 2 ofsted national training provider. They currently have 100 employees across England. Reporting to the Chairman and owners you will take responsibility for the strategic direction and day-to-day management of a £5 million turnover training business with a Skills Funding Agency contract. Responsibilities include: •Formulating and successfully implementing company policy. •Directing strategy towards the profitable growth and ...

  • Managing Director
    National - Salary negotiable

    We have an exciting opportunity available for a Managing Director to join a highly regarded Grade 2 ofsted national training provider. They currently have 100 employees across England. Reporting to the Chairman and owners you will take responsibility for the strategic direction and day-to-day management of a £5 million turnover training business with a Skills Funding Agency contract. Responsibilities include: •Formulating and successfully implementing company policy. •Directing strategy towards the profitable growth and ...

  • Managing Director
    National - Salary negotiable

    We have an exciting opportunity available for a Managing Director to join a highly regarded Grade 2 ofsted national training provider. They currently have 100 employees across England. Reporting to the Chairman and owners you will take responsibility for the strategic direction and day-to-day management of a £5 million turnover training business with a Skills Funding Agency contract. Responsibilities include: •Formulating and successfully implementing company policy. •Directing strategy towards the profitable growth and ...

  • Managing Director
    National - Salary negotiable

    We have an exciting opportunity available for a Managing Director to join a highly regarded Grade 2 ofsted national training provider. They currently have 100 employees across England. Reporting to the Chairman and owners you will take responsibility for the strategic direction and day-to-day management of a £5 million turnover training business with a Skills Funding Agency contract. Responsibilities include: •Formulating and successfully implementing company policy. •Directing strategy towards the profitable growth and ...

  • Home Based, Sales Executive, Account Manager
    Anywhere in UK - £25,000 to £120,000 pa

    We are recruiting for a small to medium enterprise that is experiencing a great deal of success in their market place, as a result they are expanding their work force.  An opportunity has become available for a sales executive to join them.  They provide the financial industry with a unique piece of software that is proving to be of great benefit and asset to the companies that use their package.  They would like to receive applications from target driven professionals with a background in either IT software sales or financial le...

  • Home Based, Assessor, Leeds
    Leeds - Salary negotiable

    An excellent opportunity has arisen for a home based qualified assessor to work in and around Leeds (roughly a thirty mile radius). You will be required to train and assess Learners in Bus Ad L2 & L3, Contact Centre L2 & L3, Customer Service L2 & L3, and Team Leading L2 & Management L3 to the standards set by our client, Awarding Organisations, Ofsted and the SFA. You will be working with a case load of 45 learners, a bonus is also available on course completion. It will be requested that you have meetings with your line manager which will tak...

  • Health and Social Care Assessor, Derby, Nottingham
    Derby, Nottingham - Salary negotiable

    We have some exciting employment opportunities in the Nottingham and Derby area for qualified health and social care assessors to join a reputable privately owned training provider that specialises in health and social care. Skills and Experience Required: Assessors Qualification, NVQ Level 3, PTTLS. Keyskills, Functional Skills 2. Knowledge of the Apprenticeship framework. Travel: Expenses are reimbursed, Driving License and your own transport is essential. Package: Competitive Salary, Laptop, Smartphone, Expenses. Interested? Then ...

  • Health and Social Care Assessor, Norfolk
    Norfolk - Salary negotiable

    We have some exciting employment opportunities in Norfolk for qualified health and social care assessors to join a reputable privately owned training provider that specialises in health and social care. Skills and Experience Required: Assessors Qualification, NVQ Level 3, PTTLS. Keyskills, Functional Skills 2. Knowledge of the Apprenticeship framework. Travel: Expenses are reimbursed, Driving License and your own transport is essential. Package: Competitive Salary, Laptop, Smartphone, Expenses. Interested? Then please apply and attac...

  • Home Based, Assessor, Catering
    Central London - Salary negotiable

    An excellent opportunity has arisen for a home based qualified assessor to work in Central London. You will be required to train and assess Learners in Pro Cook L2 &  L3 , Hospitality BOH L2 , Catering L2 ,Customer Service L2 & L3, Team Leading L2 & Management L3to the standards set by our client, Awarding Organisations, Ofsted and the SFA. You will be working with a case load of 45 learners, a bonus is also available on course completion. It will be requested that you have meetings with your line manager which will take place ideally wi...

  • Home Based, Assessor, Catering
    Cambs, Suffolk, Ipswich - Salary negotiable

    An excellent opportunity has arisen for a home based qualified assessor to work in the East of England, covering Cambridge, Suffolk and Ipswich. You will be required to train and assess Learners in Pro Cook L2 &  L3 , Hospitality BOH L2 , Catering L2 ,Customer Service L2 & L3, Team Leading L2 & Management L3to the standards set by our client, Awarding Organisations, Ofsted and the SFA. You will be working with a case load of 45 learners, a bonus is also available on course completion. It will be requested that you have meetings with your...

  • Home Based Assessor, Catering
    Various Locations - Salary negotiable

    An excellent opportunity has arisen for a home based qualified assessor to work in the West Midlands. You will be required to train and assess Learners in Pro Cook L2 &  L3, Hospitality BOH L2 , Catering L2 ,Customer Service L2 & L3, Team Leading L2 & Management L3to the standards set by our client, Awarding Organisations, Ofsted and the SFA. You will be working with a case load of 45 learners, a bonus is also available on course completion. It will be requested that you have meetings with your line manager which will take place ideally ...

  • Home Based, Assessor, Hospitality
    Various Locations - Salary negotiable

    An excellent opportunity has arisen for a home based qualified assessor to work in the West Midlands. You will be required to train and assess Learners in Hospitality BOH L2, Catering L2 , Customer Service L2 & L3, Team Leading L2 & Management L3 to the standards set by our client,  Awarding Organisations, Ofsted and the SFA. You will be working with a case load of 45 learners, a bonus is also available on course completion. It will be requested that you have meetings with your line manager which will take place ideally within a 30 mile ...

Client Testimonials

  • Great Job by the Pebble Team
    Working in a niche industry I have always found it hard to source applicants with the relevant experience and knowledge of Asset leasing. That was until I was approached by Pebble Recruitment, at las...
  • Fantastic Recruitment
    As an operations manager I find it very time consuming trying to manage the recruitment for our company, it was recommended that we contact Pebble Recruitment as they specialise in Work Based Learning...
  • Excellent Recruitment Service
    A very refreshing experience dealing with a recruitment agency who really understood our IT requirements. They were able to present us with some excellent candidates who we subsequently employed.

Interview preparation

How you present and market yourself at interview is crucial in determining whether or not you secure the job you want. The purpose of this guide is to provide you with best practice advice as well as hints and tips on undertaking a successful interview.

The basics

Before your interview, ensure that you know the following:

  • The exact time and location of the interview, route, transport options, parking and how long it will take
    to get there.
  • The interviewer’s correct title and pronunciation of his or her full name.
  • Specific facts about the company – its history, financial position, mission, markets, competitors, latest news, products and services. The company’s website is often an excellent source of this information. Simple internet searches can also reveal information that may not be profiled on the company’s website.
  • Facts and figures about your present or former employer. Refresh your memory on this as you will be expected to know a lot about a company for which you have previously worked.

Dress

Dress like a professional, in a smart business suit with a clean, ironed shirt and tie (or blouse) and dark shoes. Do not wear casual clothes even if you know that it is company policy.

Preparation

Review your CV and ensure you are equipped to answer questions on the details you have supplied.
Be ready to use pertinent examples from your career or personal life to demonstrate your skills and competencies. Also review the job description and the core competencies of the role. Examine your suitability and prepare specific examples before the interview.

Example Q & A

Can you tell me about yourself?

This is a common first interview question and is designed to just get you talking. The interviewer is looking for you to talk for a few minutes and wants you to summarise your experience relating to the role and your suitability.
The important thing is to be concise a good structure would be to describe your current job, some career highlights and details of your education, and include something about you as a person, perhaps your aspirations for the future. If you have no work experience then talk about your education and any clubs you may belong to.
TIP: End by asking the interviewer if they would like you to expand on any particular details.

Where do you want to be in five years time?

In your answer to this question you want to show a balance between ambition and commitment to the position in which they are interviewing you for.

TIP: Include how you want to make a great contribution to the company as you develop experience. You can emphasise specific goals you would like to achieve such as to lead a major project or achieve certain revenue or targets for the business.

What are your strengths?

The interviewer wants to know what your key strengths are in relation to this particular job. Make sure you choose examples that are relevant to this job but also examples that set you apart from other applicants.

TIP: It is important not just to list qualities but to back it up with an example. E.g. I am a good negotiator, in my current position I have just successfully negotiated a contract with a client and improved the terms by 15%

What is your weakness?

There are different ways in which to answer this question which are all deemed suitable answers.
I used to be… and this is how I resolved it.

Say a weakness that you USED to have and explain how you turned it around. The interviewer will see you’re willing to adapt, can problem solve and, more importantly, are self-aware - all strengths that any employer will want among their workforce.

E.g. I used to struggle to be assertive, but have since taken on further training to improve this.

I could improve on my….

Nobody’s perfect, so bring up a quality that could do with a little more attention and extra work. It is however a good idea to choose a quality that is not deemed as vital for the position.

E.g. If the role does not require leading colleagues this might be something that you could use as an example to improve on for the future.

I think my weakness could actually complement your company…

It’s time to knuckle down and play snap with this potential employer. So if you can, match your weakness to theirs, as what you perceive as bad might actually benefit their company.

Too strict about structure? If the company clearly needs a more organized routine, then your weakness could be their strength.

E.g. I like everything to be organized and in its own place – to a company that clearly doesn’t know the meaning of the word filing.

What not to say as your weakness

I’m a perfectionist – Lazy text book answer that everyone is bored of hearing
I have no weaknesses, only strengths – Arrogant and lying everyone does
I work too hard – insincere
I’m not great at timekeeping and struggle with deadlines – Important in everything

You seem over-qualified for this job, can you tell me why you are interested?
The interviewer wants to see if you are really interested in this position and they want reassurance that you won’t get bored and leave.

You must show them your interest in this job, and your answer should show how your qualifications and experience bring value to the role. Demonstrate your enthusiasm and play down any idea of this job being a ‘backward step’.

TIP: Be honest let them know you understand that this could be a concern for them but that you have thought about this and the benefit of having more responsibility, working for a larger company or indeed joining a smaller company with more autonomy is your driver.

Why do you want to leave your current job?

The interviewer is looking for an honest but professional answer. They want to know you can make good decisions and can take responsibility so blaming someone else for lack of fulfilment or being unsuccessful is not the answer. Your answer should make it clear that you’re a strong performer in your current role and are now looking for a new opportunity. You can then focus on what this role will bring to you.
TIP: It is important to remain positive about your company or the people you work with. This will only make you look unprofessional if you are negative

Questions to ask the interviewer

Remember that an interview is a two-way process. The interviewer will be trying to determine whether you are the right person for the role and you should also ensure they are the right company for you. Asking questions is also the best way to show you have prepared and are taking a real interest.

Some questions you might ask include:
 

  1. Why has the position become available?
  2. How does the position fit into the structure of the organisation?
  3. What training programmes are available to ensure continued personal and career development?
  4. What plans does the organisation have for future development?
  5. How would you describe the work culture?
  6. How is performance measured and reviewed?
  7. What motivated you to join the organisation?
  8. Do you have any doubts as to whether I am suitable for this position?

In the unlikely event that the interviewer has answered all your questions it is a good idea to repeat one or two back to them. For example, You have already answered all my questions. I did want to know about the work culture but you have told me it’s very much a work hard play hard environment. This shows you did prepare questions and also that you have good listening skills.