Recruitment consultant apprenticeships - where to start
You can get into this job through
a university coursean apprenticeshipworking towards this roleapplying directly
As a graduate it's possible to enter recruitment with any degree, although some employers may prefer a subject related to the industry, like human resources, marketing or public relations. Some recruitment agencies specialise in a particular type of work so you may be expected to have a relevant degree or industry experience in that area.
For example, a degree in pharmacy or a background in pharmaceutical sales could help you get into pharmaceutical recruitment.
You'll usually need 2 to 3 A-Levels, or equivalent.
You could start on a Level 2 (intermediate) recruitment resourcer apprenticeship and work your way up, or do a Level 3 (advanced) apprenticeship as a recruitment consultant.
You'll usually need some GCSEs, usually including English and maths, or equivalent, for a Level 2 apprenticeship. For a Level 3 you need 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English and maths.
You could start as an office assistant in a recruitment agency and work your way up through on-the-job training and promotion. You could develop your understanding of the recruitment industry by getting some experience. Whether you're studying or looking for work, you could try work experience, internships or temporary employment. Getting relevant work experience in areas like marketing, sales or public relations can also help you develop some of the skills needed for this role.
You could apply directly to become a recruitment consultant as experience is highly valued by employers. With the right skills and attitude you could enter this job without a degree. If you have knowledge of a particular industry, this can be useful for working in specialist recruitment agencies like social care, engineering, construction or pharmaceuticals. Whatever your qualifications, you'll be expected to have great sales skills and be able to communicate with people at many different levels.
You'll also need excellent customer service and team-working skills.
Professional and industry bodies
You could join the Recruitment & Employment Confederation, for professional development, training opportunities and to make industry contacts.
Recruitment consultant apprenticeships - what it takes
Skills and knowledge
- knowledge of human resources and employment law
- administration skills
- to be thorough and pay attention to detail
- the ability to work well with others
- sensitivity and understanding
- the ability to work on your own
- business management skills
- patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
- to have a thorough understanding of computer systems and applications
Recruitment consultant apprenticeships - what you'll do
In this role you could:
- make contacts and connections to generate new business
- interview and test job seekers
- create a pool of people ready to fill vacancies
- match candidates to suitable jobs
- screen and shortlist candidates before employers interview them
- meet targets for the number of vacancies taken or the number of people placed into jobs
- keep records of clients, employers and vacancies
- negotiate your agency's fees
- 'headhunt' - find and approach candidates for executive or specialist jobs
You could work in an office.
Career path and progression - Recruitment consultant apprenticeships
With experience you could move into business development or management, or set up your own agency.