Employer case study


One of the world’s most innovative and pioneering science villages the Centre for Life required two motivated individuals to work within their HR and Marketing Department. Life wanted to give someone an opportunity in a difficult job market and therefore opened up the recruitment to aspiring apprentices. With the help of Newcastle College, Life set out their specifications for the role, clearly identifying the type of candidate they were looking for.


Intraining at Newcastle College recommended the Business Administration Apprenticeship as a way for Life to not only find the right candidate, but to also develop them in line with the job requirements.

By advertising the vacancies on the college’s Apprenticeship website as well as the National Apprenticeship Service website, the team were able to draw up a shortlist of high-quality potential candidates.

Candidates were pre-screened and interviewed by the college prior to being forwarded to Life to ensure that they met the requirements of the role. Saving both time and money, the company were able to interview candidates that were a good match to their two vacancies.


Following a successful interview process, Life appointed Judy Gibson, 18 and Michael Hodges, 22 as Business Administration apprentices.

Judy will primarily work within the HR team but she will also support other central services, whilst Michael will assist with the implementation of marketing campaigns and individual projects.

Life has been able to successfully use the free recruitment and matching service to find two excellent candidates that will add significant value to the business.

Employers view

"We have strong links with Newcastle College, so turned to them to assist us with our recruitment. Candidates were able to apply for the positions through the college website and we were then able to draw up a shortlist for interview."

Claire Adams
Corporate Services Director
Centre for Life