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Bright Budding Business Brains get a helping hand

Bright Budding Business Brains get a helping hand Twenty five unemployed young adults from Derby are the first to reap the rewards of an innovative new, free Business Studies training programme created by the Employability and Skills Group (esg), one of the UK’s leading providers of skills development.

esg’s unique pilot Business Studies course gives learners an opportunity to gain a nationally recognised Business diploma, as well as improving their IT and communication skills. The course provides essential skills that can be used as an entry for a Business Administration Apprenticeship and takes place at esg’s offices in Derby city centre.

Adrian Holmes, Group Chief Executive Officer, esg, explains: "What with all the economic doom and gloom, this is a ray of light that shows how esg is responding to the needs of employers by investing in developing the skills of young people so that they are work ready. “The free training is great preparation for a role in business and employers looking to fill vacancies with ambitious self-starters equipped with the latest skills should look no further."

While on the course these aspiring future Apprentices also get the opportunity to present a business plan in front of a professional panel, who offer advice and guidance as to how the learners can improve their skills before going out in to the world of work. All participants on the programme could clearly see the potential opportunities the course offered in terms of finding full time employment.

Kirsty Wyles, 19, from Derby, says: "I’ve really enjoyed the course and I’ve found it very interesting, particularly designing my own product and presenting the idea to the panel. This course is just the platform I need to get the career I want."

Janet Harris-Bell, Business Administration Assessor, esg says: "All the learners have worked really hard over the past five weeks and they are now securing placements in order to complete the course. Their entrepreneurial sides are really starting to develop along with their confidence and professionalism.

"We are giving employers the chance to work with some of the most dedicated young adults in the county who have a lot of the skills required to do essential office tasks, giving employers the opportunity to concentrate on developing the learner’s job specific knowledge."

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