Government grants for employers of Business Administration apprentices via @bictoncollege
12th April 2012
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Bicton College is encouraging employers to think about taking on a new business administration apprentice.

Many businesses need extra administrative support to ensure the rest of the organisation runs smoothly. As employers can now apply for a government grant of £1500 for taking on a new apprentice, Bicton College is supporting employers wishing to take on another member of office staff through the Business and Administration apprenticeship scheme.

Not all apprentices come straight from school, although training is free for under 19’s apprentices may be any age up to 60, so career changers are a realistic option. Ashley-Jayne Steer (19) from Dawlish realised as her Beauty Therapy course progressed that it wasn’t really the career she was looking for. Having enjoyed the business and marketing modules of the course, she applied for the post of marketing apprentice to learn more about this area of business. She said, ‘The Business Administration apprenticeship will really help me to get into a permanent office position. I’m getting a qualification and learning all the day-to-day marketing office tasks at the same time. I think I’ve made the right choice this time, it’s really interesting and I’m getting the hands-on experience too.’

Apprenticeship Liaison Officer Debra Williams said ‘We have one of the highest achievement rates for apprentices in the South West, currently around 86%. With 97% of employers saying that effective administration is essential to their business, this course was an obvious addition to our portfolio.’

She adds, ‘The college also offers apprenticeships in IT, agriculture, horticulture, floristry, horse care, environmental conservation, gamekeeping, arboriculture, sports and leisure, veterinary nursing and animal care.  The list is ever growing and should soon include some sustainability courses.’

For more information about the Business and Administration apprenticeship please contact Debra Williams on 01392 311 419 or visit

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