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BIS announces Grant Thornton to lead on the development...

...of a new business skills Apprenticeship

Leading financial and business adviser, Grant Thornton UK LLP, is delighted to have been chosen by the Department of Business, Innovation & Skills (BIS) to lead on the development of a new business skills Apprenticeship under the Phase Three Trailblazer initiative. The apprenticeship will cover all the core skills needed in business administration and customer management.

This is a fantastic opportunity to lead the development of an Apprenticeship,  defining the skills, knowledge and competencies needed to support businesses' growth aspirations across multiple sectors and enabling Apprenticeships to become a fundamental part of a business' resourcing and growth strategies. We are very much looking forward to working with BIS as well as other employers, relevant professional bodies, and education and training providers to achieve this. 

Skills Minister Nick Boles commented “I congratulate Grant Thornton for the key role it is playing in developing new top-quality apprenticeships. Through the trailblazers initiative companies like Grant Thornton, in collaboration with their industry partners, will give people the skills they need to thrive and our businesses need to compete.”

Commenting on the role, Simon Littlewood, Director and Grant Thornton UK LLP's Lead Sponsor on the Trailblazer initiative, said: "BIS's Apprenticeships programme is already successful, providing proven benefits to both employers and apprentices. We are delighted to be leading on the evolution of the programme to help keep apprenticeships responsive to employers' needs and providing apprentices with a great grounding in business administration and management, helping them to build a career.

"We recognise the importance of robust apprenticeship programmes, not only from our perspective as an employer, but also from what we are hearing from our client base. Skills and talent availability is increasing as a barrier to growth for business. BIS is rightly placing employers firmly in the driving seat and we shall look at how best to simplify the system and improve quality to enable businesses to develop the skills and talent they need.

"Grant Thornton already supports a large number of apprentices across all our business units and we envisage growing these programmes in the future."