Crimson Academy Recruitment Plan 

Below you will find an approximate outline of our Academy recruitment plan. To keep up to date with Academy news, and to be alerted when our next Information Event is being held follow us on LinkedIn or Facebook. Following the Information Event, you can register for email updates.

March – Information event. We will share the number of vacancies we have for the current year and the detail around the type of apprenticeship (Software Tester, Business Analyst or Data Analyst). Come along to an event and meet some current apprentices to find out a bit about their experiences and ask any burning questions. We will provide an overview for the current year’s programme and you will be able to register your interest in the apprenticeship.

April – The application opens on the Government National Apprenticeship Portal.

May – Telephone interviews with Digital Native are scheduled with all interested candidates throughout May and early June.

June – Successful candidates are asked to attend a formal interview.

July – Following this, the final selection will take place and the next cohort will be appointed.

September – Apprenticeship begins.

How to ace your application

Some successful applicants haven’t been called to an interview before, while some may have been to several. Whether it’s your first interview, or one of many, it’s always good to know what to expect when the day arrives. Here are our top four tips for our Academy interviews:

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Dress for the occasion: The way you present yourself is critical for all job applications, and this includes what you wear. Whether your interview is in-person or virtual, make sure you look smart. You can’t go wrong with formal trousers/skirt, an ironed shirt/blouse and smart shoes. Make sure your shoes are polished and remember personal hygiene is vital too.

Do your research: It’s important to have some knowledge of Crimson, including the background of the company and what we do. Google is your friend. You don’t need to be an IT whizz just yet, but having a basic understanding of our sectors, the two sides to our business and Microsoft products we offer is always a good start.

Don't let a video/telephone interview hold you back: Applicants are often more relaxed during video and telephone interviews thanks to the comfortable setting, but it is very easy to get them wrong. Ensure you find a quiet space for the interview, with minimum background noise. For video interviews, make sure you position yourself in the upper middle of the screen and test the video, audio and login credentials at least 5 minutes before the interview is due to start.

Remember the aim of the stage: Interview stages - especially face to face – give the interviewer a chance to get to know you and your personality. Although the experience is daunting, we’re looking for candidates who have the right mindset and interpersonal skills so don’t shy away. What is most important to us is a synergy between what you are looking for in terms of personal growth, skills and capabilities and the raw potential we see in you.

Contact us to find out more

Cat Halstead, Head of Academy

T: 01675 466 477


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