Advice and Guidance

Mihai Gheorghe Learner Services

Our specialist guidance and counselling staff are available to lead you through your path to excellence irrespective of individual learning difficulties and circumstance, coupled with our client support staff who are always on hand to enlighten you with regards to your enquiries.

Drop in into one of our centres for a comprehensive overview of the opportunities abound for you to choose from.

Information Advice & Guidance (IAG): we provide one-to-one support to make a step change in life and work
Employment & Career Support: employability training for 16+ adults to gain sustainable employment.

Apprenticeship Advice and Guidance

Employer Brokerage Advisors, IAG Advisors and Trainers will provide you with support and advice as you decide on your training programme, pursue it and then progress to further training.
IAG is available to individuals and employers, we have been successfully providing this kind of support for many years and it’s included within the package of government funded programmes such as Adult Learning, Apprenticeships and Traineeships.

IAG – Information, Advice and Guidance

MI ComputSolutions has held the Matrix standard since 2008, the national accreditation awarded to training providers who can demonstrate IAG is well provided and well managed.
We may wish to talk to you about the IAG we provide you with and perhaps ask you to answer a short feedback questionnaire. Please help us with this so that we can help you even more effectively in the future.  
For IAG on Apprenticeships call our Apprenticeship Employer Brokerage Advisor on 0207 501 6450 or email [email protected] or visit our webpages

Benefits to individuals

  • Identification of training needs
  • Identification of training options
  • Identifying the right qualification
  • Identifying the time and effort that will be required
  • Information on costs and possible funding support options
  • Information on trainer support vs personal work
  • Information on qualifications and career opportunities
  • Advice on progression and what to do next
  • Pointers to further information

Benefits to Employers

  • Identification of training that will have a positive impact on the business
  • Identifying business-related training packages
  • Identifying the specific skills that staff need
  • Measurement of the skills that staff already have
  • Identification of the priorities for training
  • Identifying potential sources of government funding support
  • Support in the preparation of a training plan
  • IAG can help right through the training process and at the end to deal with the question ‘what comes next?’

Apprenticeships Support and Guidance

If you are in an Apprenticeship and feel that you need help, support or guidance scroll through this page and see if we have a topic that is of interest to you.

Has two sections, the first is “your personal skills” and the second is “Your Activity Skills“. People who do them find that they are really useful but plan your time as they can take just over two hours to do them properly.

Skills Health Check >
Helps set out useful things that might help in a job interview, such as;

  • reasons for changing job or leaving school or college,
  • what you are looking for in a new job or career,
  • what you would like to achieve,
  • what you would like to change,
  • and to help you set a long term plan.

Top 10 Interview Questions >
Do you travel to work by train?

You should seriously consider a 16 – 25 Railcard – there are some great savings to be made, 1/3rd off rail fares, and there are other offers on magazines, days out, weekend breaks, 2for1 London offers and more.
Monday to Friday travel to work for 30% less, at the weekend up to London and back for 30% less.
Follow this link to the National Rail 16 – 25 Railcard website, its worth a look.

Apprenticeship Oyster Photocard

If you’re 18, or over, live in a London borough and are in the first year of an approved apprenticeship, you may be eligible for an Apprentice Oyster photocard.

When you apply for a new job its normal to be asked to supply references.
You can supply your prospective employer with an email or letter authorising MI ComputSolutions to supply a reference.
MI ComputSolutions will confirm course attendance, course completion, employer history and certificates achieved while training with us.
We will be factual and will not offer opinion. It helps if you let us know that you have supplied our details to your prospective employer.
MI ComputSolutions seeks to increase the number of Apprentices from diverse backgrounds working and learning in our Apprenticeship programmes.

Job Advice

Need advice on getting a job? Visit the National Careers Service website at Here you will find some useful on-line tools to help your job search.

Are you considering an Apprenticeship?

You can leave school at 16 if you are in an Apprenticeship rather than staying on at school until the age of 18 under the Raising the Participation Age (RPA) scheme. Raising the participation age (RPA) does not mean young people must stay in school or choose one of the following options after their 16th birthday:

  1. Full-time education, such as school, college or home education
  2. An Apprenticeship from aged 16
  3. Part-time education or training if you are employed, self-employed or volunteering full-time (which is defined as 20 hours or more a week).

You can apply to be an Apprentice by searching for companies that are employing Apprentices at the Apprentice Vacancy Matching Service.

If you are aged 16 to 23 and you want to get an Apprenticeship think about what you want to do and where you would want to work.
This will include how far you could travel to work.
A little bit of research will help and going to the National Apprenticeships Service (NAS) website is a great place to start. NAS run an Apprenticeship vacancy matching service where you can look at the various Apprenticeships that employers are looking for and apply online. It’s a really good system, it’s free to use and it works. Most of the employers that our Employer Brokerage Team works with will advertise their apprenticeship vacancies through this service.

Not being successful getting an Apprenticeship

Apprenticeships are getting more popular, you may need to apply several times. If this has happened to you, perhaps consider applying for a Traineeship with US. See our Traineeship pages for more information.

National Apprenticeships Service >
Some of the benefits that could matter to you are:

  • Earning a salary
  • Training in the skills that employers want
  • Increased future earning potential
  •  Excellent progression opportunities
  •  Better long-term salary prospects
  •  Learning at a pace to suit YOU
  •  Three entry points and progression through the different levels, Intermediate, Advanced and Higher
  • Apprenticeships
A National Minimum Wage for apprentices was introduced on 1 October 2010 and applies to all apprentices. The National Minimum Wage is the minimum hourly pay almost all workers are entitled to by law regardless of how large or small the employer is. The rates normally change on the 1st October each year. Many employers pay their apprentices at above the minimum rate.
Find out more about National Minimum Wage Rates at

Apprenticeship discounts
An Apprentice can register for an NUS Apprentice Extra card (a registration fee applies) to get access to a wide range of discounts with hundreds of companies. Follow this link to the National Union of Students for more information

What do you do next?
If you have completed your Intermediate Apprenticeship we would advise you to go onto an Advanced Apprenticeship.

If you have completed your Advanced Apprenticeship you can now go on to Higher Apprenticeships.
There are now several options and it’s best to ask for advice. A Higher Apprenticeship could mean studying for and gaining Foundation Degree to add to your CV.
In some cases, if your job is sufficiently varied you can do a second Apprenticeship in a different qualification.

If you want to find out about progression speak to your Trainer/Assessor on 0207 501 6450

Safeguarding and Prevent

Safeguarding is a free service if you are a Traineeship or Apprentice. Your training and workplace should be a safe working and positive learning environment free from threat to you. If you’re having trouble at work, in your time training or even at home or anywhere else get in touch with our Safeguarding team. Their job is to offer their advice and guidance and to ensure that anyone who is at risk is given the correct support. Each MI ComputSolutions learner is given a card with contact details – please ask in our office or call 0207 501 6450 if you have misplaced yours. If you are not an MI ComputSolutions Apprentice and something is worrying you, you should think about talking to your training provider Safeguarding Officer.

If we don’t meet your expectations you might want an explanation or your problem investigated. We will listen and treat your complaint seriously, and we will try and solve the problem. In the first instance you should speak to your main Centre Advisor. If you don’t want to take that option see the contact details pages of our website.

Careers Advisors and Schools

Apprenticeships are a positive progression route for students leading to full time employment.

Ensuring students get advice on Apprenticeships means they are better placed to progress into the workplace
An Apprenticeship lets your students go straight into work avoiding NEET,
Apprentices have jobs from day one of their Apprenticeship programmes,
Apprentices are employed for the duration of the Apprenticeship
Apprentices gain Nationally recognised qualifications that employers value
Apprentices usually secure permanent employment after completing,
Apprentices avoid tuition fees and debt
Apprentices work for a wage, see the advice on National Apprenticeship Minimum Wage
For 16 to 18 year old Apprentices the training is normally fully funded.

Our Business Development Team can support your school careers service with:
Briefings on Apprenticeships to students about to leave school
Careers advice to group or individuals
Attendance at Careers days or Careers fairs
Briefings for parents, teachers and advisors