How to become a recruitment apprentice: Vikas' story

Meet Vikas, 19, and find out about his job as a human resources recruitment apprentice at Arvato in Slough. Part of our Bitesize world of work series.

"One of the things I love about my job is the colleagues that I work with because they are all so supportive."

  • Vikas felt higher education wasn't for him and went straight into work at 16
  • He gained work experience working in one of the UK's busiest fast food restaurants
  • Working in this busy, fast-paced environment helped to build his confidence, organisation and communication skills
  • Vikas secured a recruitment apprenticeship
  • Playing a part in helping people to get a new job and achieve their dreams is his favourite part of the job.

As a recruitment apprentice, Vikas is at the beginning of his career in recruitment. A position further up this career ladder could be a recruitment consultant. Recruitment consultants help employers find suitable staff, and match people to permanent and temporary jobs.

What to expect if you want to be a recruitment consultant

  • Recruitment consultant salary: £16,000 to £60,000 per year
  • Recruitment consultant working hours: 38 to 40 hours per week

What qualifications do you need to be a recruitment consultant?

  • Typical entry requirements: As a graduate it's possible to enter recruitment with any degree, although some employers may prefer a subject related to the industry, for example Human Resources, Marketing or Public Relations. Some recruitment agencies specialise in a sector of work, so you may be expected to have a relevant degree or industry experience. For example, a degree in pharmacy or a background in pharmaceutical sales could help you get into pharmaceutical recruitment. You'll usually need two or three A-levels (or equivalent) for a degree. You may be able to get into this job through an advanced apprenticeship as a recruitment consultant. You'll usually need five GCSEs (or equivalent) at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), including English and Maths, for an advanced apprenticeship.

This information is a guide (sources: LMI for All, National Careers Service)

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