Looking to start an exciting and fulfilling career?

Have you always been considered a chatty one, someone who can make friends and talk to just about anyone? Have you always had a bit of a competitive side, keen to be seen as a winner but raring to bring up others around you at the same time? Are you looking for a career, something dynamic and fast paced where you can make your mark, and potentially make some big money as well?

If this sounds appealing to you, you could love a career in recruitment, and now you’re able to launch this experience via an apprenticeship route! Read on to find out all about our health and social care recruitment apprenticeships with HCRG (Health Care Resourcing Group)

Let’s start with the basics – what is an apprenticeship, and how does it work in the recruitment industry?

An apprenticeship is a job where you as an employee learn and gain valuable experiences, all while earning a salary.

Alongside on-the-job training, apprentices will spend at least 20% of their working hours completing classroom-based learning with a college, university or training provider which leads to a nationally recognised qualification.

This isn’t one of those dreadful unpaid gigs we’ve all heard about where you just get stuck making the coffees (although you will be expected to do your part in the kettle runs!) – this is a proper start to your career which will include:

  • paid employment with holiday leave
  • hands-on-experience in a busy recruitment team
  • at least 20% off-the-job training
  • formal assessment which leads to a nationally recognised qualification

What types of recruitment apprenticeships are there? What does a recruitment apprenticeship involve?

Generally you’ll do one of two routes, either a Recruitment Resourcer Apprenticeship (Level 2) or a Recruitment Consultant Apprenticeship (Level 3).

An Apprentice Recruitment Resourcer will learn how to:


An Apprentice Recruitment Consultant will learn how to:


·         Research, identify, attract and shortlist candidates for the recruitment process to fulfil the requirements of the brief.

·         Identify new business opportunities through a variety of means and refer these opportunities to a recruiter.

·         Meet all procedures and carry out relevant processes to ensure industry codes of ethics and relevant legislation are met.


·         Identify, qualify and secure client recruitment opportunities in line with corporate and personal goals.

·         Identify, assess and place suitable candidates to meet client requirements.

·         Develop and manage client/candidate relationships to ensure high levels of customer satisfaction and quality standards.

·         Meet all procedures and carrying out relevant processes to ensure industry codes of ethics and relevant legislation are met.


Why choose HCRG? What can I expect from my recruitment apprenticeship at HCRG?

Joining HCRG means becoming one of the UK’s leading providers of staffing services to the healthcare industry, with a range of brands supplying public and private organisations across the UK. Working as part of a family of brands means you’ll be working within a strong, supportive network, learning from a variety of recruitment professionals all sharing best practice and working towards a common goal. Whilst our bands are part of a larger family, the diversity between the bands means a range of opportunity, you could be recruiting physiotherapists for a private hospital in London, doctors for an NHS hospital in the midlands, diving medicine specialists to work with the Navy or nurses in the Phillipines looking to move their career to the UK – so many possibilities!

Your first 2 weeks will consist of a thorough induction into the business and your brand. You will learn about the market you have chosen to recruit in, and shadow Senior Consultants in the business.

You will have a review every week for the first 4 weeks, where you have the opportunity to review the week just gone and set new objectives for the next one. We have a formal review process at 4, 8 and 12 weeks to ensure you are progressing ahead of the curve and to ensure we have designed the right programme of training and support to help you get there.

We will set you criteria when you start so you know what you need to do, and continue to monitor and adjust these as you achieve your targets more quickly and show how much you are growing and succeeding!

Will a recruitment apprenticeship get me a permanent job? What jobs can you do after a recruitment apprenticeship?

Of course we want you to be successful in your apprenticeship, and our hope is that you will grow professionally and personally during your time here, and hopefully stay on with us for the next stage in your career!

Once you’ve completed your apprenticeship, you’ll be ready to embark on the HCRG Career Ladder – this is a pathway open to everyone in our recruitment teams, and helps you to plan the next stage in your career.

We’ve created career ladders to suit everyone from Trainee, right through to Managing Director or Executive Consultant. We’ve thought carefully about the training required and the best way to support you throughout your journey at HCRG – we’ll give you all the tools you’ll need to succeed, and from there you can choose whether to guide your progression down a management route or non management route.

As well as the chance to earn while you learn, what else I get as a recruitment apprentice at HCRG?

We believe in rewarding exceptional performance. We run incentives and competitions throughout the year, including some really fun events, days and nights out!

We also offer a flexible style of working, where as long as you are hitting your targets, you’ll be allowed X day a week working from home if you wish!

By joining HCRG’s health and social care division, you’ll also get access to our mentorship programme, internal training, company CycleScheme and season ticket loans, as well of course the chance to be part of a huge network of companies!

What makes the perfect recruitment apprentice? What qualities will I need to have to work in recruitment?

Being a recruitment consultant is a massively varied and exciting role, with the scope to create some great relationships and produce fantastic results for clients that yourself and your team will be very proud of.

The main definition of a Recruitment Consultant, according to the Institute of Recruitment Professionals, is to identify and secure job opportunities within organisations, and attract candidates and successfully place them in those jobs in return for a fee.

In order to carry out your role, you will need to place suitable candidates to meet client requirements in order to achieve revenue in line with corporate and personal goals. You will also need to be a great people person, developing and managing client and candidate relationships, to ensure high levels of customer satisfaction and quality standards that all parties are happy with.

The perfect person for us will be:

  • Innovative
  • Driven and able to identify opportunities
  • Tenacious and resilient
  • Ambitious and determined to achieve targets & objectives
  • Great with problem solving, influencing, questioning and listening skills

They will need to have:

  • Have great attention to detail
  • Have a customer focused approach
  • Have great time management & organisational skills
  • Awareness of how to present themselves well to colleagues, candidates and clients

Some FAQs about our Recruitment Apprenticeships

    • What qualifications do you need for a recruitment apprenticeship
      Generally we ask that you have at least a Grade C/ Grade 4 in English and Maths, we also ask that you know how to use basic IT tools like Microsoft Office and Emails – the rest is up to ourselves and your apprenticeship provider to teach!
    • Can apprentice recruiters work part time?
      Our apprenticeships are full time roles, so sadly we can’t offer part time opportunities at this time.
    • Do apprentices work on their own?
      Whilst completing your apprenticeship, you’ll have the guidance of your line manager as well as the support from your team mates – there’s a lot to learn and you’ve got the opportunity to learn from some incredible role-models – we hope to see you grow and gain the independence to achieve great things independently!
    • How much does a recruitment apprentice earn?
      Working as a Level 2 Apprentice Recruitment Resourcer you can expect to earn XXXXXX , and Level 3 Apprentice Recruitment Consultant can expect to earn XXXXX . Once you’ve graduated from your Apprenticeship and are working as a Recruitment Consultant, you’ll be earning commission that could see you taking home six figures!
    • Can I do a recruitment apprenticeship if I already have a degree?
      Yes – apprenticeships are designed for people over 16 early in their career, looking to upskill in their current job, looking for a career-change or are not in full-time education. However, if you already have a degree, you may wish to speak to us about joining as a Graduate Trainee Recruitment Consultant.


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