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Posted: 20/08/13

College’s six of the best

Six business administration apprentices at West Nottinghamshire College celebrated together last week as they graduated from their courses.

The apprentices, who were presented with certificates of achievement by the college’s director of human resources, Tracey Thompson, have all participated in the business administration scheme which sees them employed by the college.

The scheme is designed to provide apprentices with employment within the college, helping them develop their skills and become qualified business administrators.

The college recruits six apprentices each academic year on a one-year contract, which is extended to two years upon successful completion of the first year of their apprenticeship. During this time each student works in four areas of the college offering them a wide range of office experience.

Daniel Wilson and Harry Jewsbury, both 20, completed their two-year NVQ Level 3 in Customer Service and NVQ Level 3 Advanced Business Administration apprenticeships respectively, while Olivia Harbor has completed the first year of the business administration programme. 

Daniel has worked within the college’s care and education studies team as well as the higher education department and the quality team before securing a 12-month contract as a training administrator.

Harry has spent time in the business, professional and continuing education team’s office as well as care and education, and bksb – a subsidiary company of the college.

Meanwhile Olivia, also 20, has enjoyed placement with the higher education team and the marketing team and has now successfully gained a fixed-term contract back with the higher education department.

Business administration year one apprentices also joined in the celebrations, which included having a meal at the college’s Refined fine dining restaurant.  These were Sally Hufton, 23, and 20-year-olds Lauren Miles and Amy Shaw.

Sally has spent time with the business, professional and continuing education team before securing a permanent role as their business administrator and Lauren is working with the bksb team.

Amy worked in both the business development unit and the higher education teams before securing a permanent job as an accounts assistant for Nottingham-based accountancy firm RSM Tenon.

Team leader for people development Sara Arnold said: “All six of our apprentices have made excellent progress this academic year and they should all be very proud of their achievements.

“The highlight of the year was when Olivia, Harry, Amy and Lauren were praised at a celebration for apprentices at the House of Lords.  We’ve received excellent feedback from all of the teams they’ve worked with and I’m especially proud that Dan, Sally, Amy and Olivia have secured full-time work.”