YOUNG PEOPLE MEAN BUSINESS AS APPRENTICESHIPS SOAR
By mstretton | Friday, September 13, 2013, 10:06
A NOTTS training provider has seen the number of people taking on its business apprenticeship courses soar by more than 50% in the last year.
Pictured - Apprentice Sophie Watkin
Positive Outcomes is one of the UK's top ten training providers and specialises in apprenticeships.
Chris Longmate, managing director at Positive Outcomes, said: "Young people are showing a real interest in gaining the skills which are required for a career in a business environment, which is great to see.
"Our apprenticeships in Business Administration help learners to develop the skills which are invaluable for employers.
"The training covers all of the duties an administrator would be expected to undertake, including everything from core administration tasks, such as providing good customer service and organising and managing information, to effectively handling projects and problems," Chris added.
Sophie Watkins, 19, joined Newark-based Globalnet in a customer service role after successfully completing an apprenticeship in Business Administration with Positive Outcomes.
Sophie, who is from Newark, said: "The training has given me a lot more confidence when talking to customers on the telephone and as my job involves a lot of communication it's been really beneficial.
"I found out about Positive Outcomes after searching for apprenticeships online, I applied for the role and was invited to an interview.
"I wanted an apprenticeship because I think it's a good way to gain qualifications, but working at the same time makes it easier to put in to practice the skills I've learned.
"The learning was enjoyable and although it was challenging, I was still able to tailor it to my capabilities, and as it was work-based I was able to fit this in with my job role. It's definitely been worth doing, and I have gained so much from it.
"Through the apprenticeship I've secured a permanent job and gained more skills, better knowledge and a qualification, so I would encourage other people my age to consider work-based training as a way to start their career," Sophie added.
There are many options available to someone who has undertaken a business administration apprenticeship. It gives them an insight into business and teaches them the fundamentals – which is imperative for anyone looking to start their career in business.
All apprentices training with Positive Outcomes receive a minimum learning period of 12-months, with all training delivered in the workplace, and a nationally recognised qualification upon completion of the course.
The Business Administration apprenticeship can be taken at Intermediate and Advanced levels, allowing learners to continue to train and progress with further training. The apprenticeship programme is a nationally recognised qualification, with the Intermediate award being equal to five GCSEs and the Advanced being equal to two A-Levels.
Positive Outcomes' head office is located at The Village Business Park by Junction 28 of the M1.
To discover more about taking on an apprenticeship in business administration with Positive Outcomes go to www.positiveoutcomes.org.uk or call 0845 643 5566. You can also find Positive Outcomes on Facebook and Twitter.