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Young apprentices celebrate achievement

On Thursday May 12, Young Apprentices from Stockwell Park School received their LOCN (London Open College Network) certificates and celebrated their impressive achievements in Business and Administration.

The pilot programme, now approaching the end of its first year, is supported by the Learning and Skills Council (LSC) and Department for Education and Skills (DfES), is managed by the Council for Administration (CfA) and the training is delivered by Camden ITeC. Open to 14-year-old students, the Young Apprenticeship in Business and Administration is a two-year programme that offers well motivated pupils the option to pursue Business Administration vocational training involving an extended work placement. Over a period of two years, pupils will have up to 50 days experience of work. The

CFA has recently won a bid for a second cohort of up to 30 pupils starting in September 2005.

Verity Bullough, Executive Director, LSC London Central, said, “This exciting programme allows pupils to continue studying the core National Curriculum while gaining vital, real-work experience and helps businesses become involved in shaping the workforce of the future.”

Pupils on the programme will:

  • Have the chance to gain high quality, extended experience of work coupled with Business and Administration related vocational qualifications that are recognised both by employers and the Further and Higher Education sectors
  • Gain an approved industry specific Level 2 qualification in Business and Administration
  • Have the opportunity to accumulate achievement towards the Business Administration Apprenticeship (BAA), therefore offering the pupil an accelerated route through the BAA.

A large number of people work in administrative job roles. According to the CfA 4.7 million people are employed as business administrators in every type, size and sector of UK business. In addition a further 10 million workers need some business and administration skills to carry out their own job roles competently.

As new technologies emerge administrators are increasingly expected to support business and IT structures across organisations. Jenny Hewell, chief executive of the CfA, said: “The prime purpose of administration is to ensure good governance and economic business performance. The Young Apprentices from Stockwell Park School have had the opportunity to find out what it’s like to work in a real business. So far they have benefited enormously from their hands-on experience and are now better equipped to face a wide range of challenges in the future.”

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