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Lauren Toon

Lauren Toon
Lauren Toon

Before coming to Crackerjack Training I had just finished secondary school and was looking for a childcare placement.
So far at Crackerjack Training, I have completed the Level 1 Study Programme and the Level 2 Traineeship in Children and Young People’s Workforce. In these courses I have done vocational skills in English, Maths and ICT, First Aid and Food Hygiene. I am now working towards my Level 3 Diploma for the Early Years Educator (EYE).
Since starting Crackerjack Training, I have received a lot of support. I was found a placement to attend alongside my qualifications. I have been given support by my tutors and assessor in work as well as any other issues that I may have in college and in my personal life. I have met new people whilst being on the course, who I have become friends with. I have also gained experience within a childcare setting and gained the knowledge to work with children.

Latest Apprenticeship News

Latest Apprenticeship News

Entry Requirements for the Level 3 EYE has now been changed back!!!!

Entry requirements for The Level 3 Diploma for the Early Years Educator were set to change again this summer with learners needing GCSE Maths and English at grade C or above BEFORE starting the Level 3 EYE. It has now been confirmed by the Skills Funding Agency that GCSE Maths and English at grade C or above will remain an EXIT REQUIREMENT.  If you are interested in doing the Level 3 Diploma for the Early Years Educator but don’t have your GCSE’s, get in touch today to arrange an interview, you can call us on; 0121 454 2043.

Birmingham Jobs Fund has Changed!!

Following the removal of the DWP’s Wage Incentive Scheme as of 6 August 2014, Birmingham City Council has been reviewing its Birmingham Jobs Fund (BJF) offer. As a result of the review, changes have been made to elements of the BJF criteria and eligible payments/incentive levels.
The aim of these changes is to ensure the maximum number of Birmingham’s young people can continue to benefit and that the BJF is less bureaucratic whilst continuing to have the maximum impact for employers and their employees alike.

How has it changed?

16-24 year old apprentices – The employer will now receive £1,500 BJF only (paid following 26 weeks retention). Instead of £1,500 at 13 weeks and another £1,500 at 26 weeks.

18-24 year old non-apprentices – The employer will receive  £2,275 BJF only (paid following 26 weeks retention).

Funding is subject to availability, meeting all necessary criteria and the employer’s commitment to support the apprentice(s) to the end of their training programme.

GCSE Resources – Practice Papers

GCSE Resources

Some useful links for GCSE revision;english

English Revision

Maths Revision

Maths Revision Sheet

November 2014 AQA past papers;

Maths Non Calculator

Maths Calculatormaths

English – Insert

English Paper


Functional Skills

English                                                                Maths

English writing Level 1 – Sample                Maths – Level 1 Assessment

English reading Level 1 – Sample               Maths – Level 2 Assessment

English writing Level 2 – Sample                Maths Navigational Tool

English reading Level 2 – Sample


Sample Assessment – Level 1

Sample Assessment – Level 2


Please note the latest version of Flash is required to view these assessments. To view in full screen, in each case press F11 once the page has loaded.



Early Years Tutor

Recruitment Officer – Salary dependant on experience

We are seeking to expand our employment and recruitment team.

We are looking for outgoing, hardworking team players, with excellent organisation and people management skills.

You will work as part of the Recruitment Team carrying out all aspects of recruitment for Crackerjack Training within certain geographical locations.

You will be expected to proactively build a database of referral partners, organise and attend careers events and support Crackerjack Training with recruitment in any way you can.

The role requires you to possess excellent relationship building skills and be confident to communicate at high levels.

Salary to be discussed at interview

The Role:

  • Effectively manage vacancies and applicants using an online government system.
  • Advising Directors and Managers on their recruitment needs and keeping all parties updated with progress.
  • Screening candidates, arranging interviews and delivering feedback to candidates and nurseries.
  • Maintaining own vacancies and ensuring that appropriate action is being taken to ensure roles are filled with the best candidate.
  • Working as part of a busy, friendly team, you will be prepared to lend assistance to your colleagues as needed.
  • Implementing and complying with the company’s Equality & Diversity, Safeguarding and Health and Safety policies and ensuring that the safety and welfare of learners is monitored

The person

The successful applicant will possess the following skills and experience:

  • Experience of delivering recruitment services within a recruitment agency or internal recruitment department (DESIRABLE)
  • An excellent communicator who is motivated by success. (ESSENTIAL)
  • Well organised with excellent time management skills (ESSENTIAL)
  • A team player who is prepared to pull together with colleagues to deliver the best possible recruitment service to Crackerjack Training.(ESSENTIAL)
  • Experience in the Childcare/Early Years sector (DESIRABLE)
  • Level 3 Information, Advice & Guidance qualification or equivalent (DESIRABLE)

We look forward to hearing from you!



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