Hmmm seems a bit of a strange one to be honest. I take it you applied to be an apprentice rather than for the roles advertised for Field Engineers. I would assume they will be a lot more stringent on who gets into the apprenticeship scheme as back in 2009 having passed my L2 in electrical installation I found it nearly impossible to get in anywhere as an apprentice to go back and gain my L3. This however was at the time of the "recession" ....
I must admit having applied in January last year for the job I will start in July I did not achieve a Grade C in English. I do however have As in all Science exams, Electronics and maths and having done the L2 at college apparently now hold the "equivalent" in English so perhaps that's why.... I now however have a lot of life experience from a number of jobs with a lot of customer service based knowledge. Also being in a management position in my current job, no doubt this will be seen as advantageous I suppose. The advert was very clear that they were looking for people to engage with customers etc the technical side of the job is gained via an extensive training programme which may cancel any bearing of people saying I know this that and the other technically wise.
All I can put it down to is that there was no doubt a massive amount of applicants from people fresh out of school/college and they have narrowed it down by GCSE grades etc
This is however just my own views based on past experiences and I could be very wrong I suppose if they're specific in an advert about grades etc and if you do not meet them, it simplifies narrowing potentially 100s if not 1000s of applicants down to a more manageable level
Edited by Bjt1992 (Mon 13-Mar-17 22:30:21)