WAGE FAQS

WAGE MEMBER TRAINING

Where is the training held?

If the current COVID restrictions remain in place, then all training will be carried out virtually. Once restrictions are lifted we will look at delivering training through a hybrid model of remote / classroom learning.

Do I have to pay for courses?

We will be asking WAGE Members for a small contribution towards the cost of the training, but the courses are heavily subsidised.

Will I need my own computer to participate?

You will need a device and stable internet connection for virtual training and in addition for the courses which use software, you will need to load this software on to the device. We can provide equipment if required. Depending on COVID restrictions it may be possible for a small number of trainees to be based in rooms within our offices.

Are all the modules compulsory?

The modules within your discipline are all compulsory but you will also be able to pick up to two modules within other disciplines if you feel this will complement your learning. If you are unable to attend a particular session, you must inform your trainer or WAGE account manager before the module has started. We will endeavour to send course slides and/or recordings to you.

How will you assess whether I can join WAGE?

After completing the application form, you will be invited for an interview to assess your suitability for your chosen discipline.

WAGE Member Work Experience

How will you guarantee me work experience?

Although we cannot absolutely guarantee work, we will be drawing on our extensive existing and new small business networks to gain as many opportunities for stimulating and interesting opportunities to gain vital work experience.

Is it compulsory to accept a WAGE project?

The WAGE Manager will discuss projects with you that we believe are most suited to your skills gained and your chosen career pathway so it would expected that you would accept the projects even though it is not compulsory.

What happens if I get a permanent job during a placement?

We would be delighted to hear that you had been offered permanent work beyond WAGE, and would work with you to arrange an appropriate handover to another WAGE member.

How soon will I be ready to start working on projects?

As soon as you have completed the course including the end assessment. In certain cases, you may have enough experience to complete a supervised project whilst still training.

Will I get any other employment support?

Yes – you will still be able to access Work Avenue’s free employment advice services for CV help, interview practice, networking and our jobs board.

Will I be working alone?

This will depend on the project brief – you may be based at the client’s offices, Work Avenue’s offices or based from home. In all cases though you will have regular contact with your mentor.

WAGE Businesses

Will I pay the WAGE Member directly?

No, you will engage WAGE to complete the project and we will invoice you at the agreed hourly rate.

Will I have direct access to the WAGE Member?

Much will depend on the nature of the project and COVID restrictions, but you will have direct access to the WAGE Member as well as direct access to WAGE. In addition, you will have indirect access to the mentor assigned to quality assure the work.

What happens if I am not happy with the WAGE Member assigned to my project?

We hope that you will be very pleased with the WAGE member assigned to deliver your project, but in the event that this is not the case, we can offer you an alternative WAGE Member instead.

Are there restrictions on the length of project?

No, the project could run from short term temporary to long term part-time but is not intended to replace a permanent hire.

Can I use WAGE for multiple contracts?

Absolutely.  We recognise that as a start-up or small business you will need WAGE’s services in several disciplines either contemporaneously or one after the other.

Who will the mentors be?

Our mentors are all selected to reflect their wealth of experience and expertise in their chosen discipline.

WAGE mentors

Is this a paid role?

This is a voluntary position though any expenses will be paid.

Will I mentor one or multiple WAGE members?

You may be asked to mentor up to 3 WAGE members at any time.

How engaged will I need to be with the delivery of the business projects?

Each project will be different, but you will need to spend time planning the project with the member initially, making yourself available to answer questions during the project and quality check the work at the end. WAGE hold this accountability but it is expected you would be involved in the sign off process.

What are the main skills that I need to be WAGE mentor?

You need to have proven experience working and delivering in that discipline. But even more importantly, you need to be able to inspire confidence in a newly trained person to enable them to complete delivery of work and gain vital experience.  So as well as your experience, we would expect that you are empathetic and motivational, inspiring self-belief and confidence in others, and have great communication skills.   Your role will be to guide and oversee, but not to undertake the work yourself.

I haven't been the workplace for quite sometime could I still be a WAGE mentor?

We are looking for all sorts of people to mentor a WAGE Member so their careers get off to a flying start.  At the same time, it is really important to ensure that mentors have relevant and contemporary experience.  So if the project relates to software or systems that you have never used, then it may be that your experience will not be a match for certain fields or projects.

How much time does the role of mentor take up?

It will vary depending on the project size and complexity.  It is likely you will need to engage daily in the planning and quality assurance stages with regular contact in between to check on progress and the development of the WAGE Member.

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