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Young Apprentices from Stockwell Finish First Apprenticeships in July

A groundbreaking new pilot scheme that allows 14-year-olds to start working towards a Business Administration Apprenticeship (BAA) will reach the end of its first year this July. A group of Young Apprentices from Stockwell Park School, South London, became the first to receive London Open College Network certificates in recognition of their achievements.

Young Apprenticeships are part of the government’s efforts to plug the UK skills gap. According to the CfA, 4.7 million Britons work as administrators and a further 10 million require business and administration skills. Verity Bullough, Executive Director of Learning and Skills Council 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.”

The Council for Administration (CfA) manages the vocational programme and Camden IteC provides the training. It is funded by the Learning and Skills Council and supported by the DfES. The scheme provides teenagers with hands-on work experience and an industry recognised Level 2 qualification that can be used in the future to accelerate progress through a BAA course at a further education college.

Joe Paget

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