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Hearing Concern LINK to Apprenticeships

Charlie Roberts has recently joined Hearing Concern LINK undertaking an apprenticeship in Business Administration through Sussex Downs College.

Within days of starting he found himself in front of a television camera as BBC South East Today filmed a piece on the benefit that employing apprentices can bring to a business or organisation.

Hearing Concern LINK with its headquarters in Eastbourne is a charity which provides support and information to people with a hearing loss and their families.

Charlie, a former Willingdon School pupil, has recently finished his A levels at Park College but did not want to progress on into higher education at the moment preferring instead to get out in the world of work to get some practical experience.

Charlie said: “I was really pleased to get this apprenticeship; I am looking forward to the work based training where I have to produce a portfolio of learning evidence. In the longer term I want to specialise in accountancy, the apprenticeship will give me a solid basis from which to move forward.

“The work is just what I wanted to do; I am using my computer skills, general administration and telephone work. It is a small office with a mixture of permanent and volunteer staff and we all help support each other. We all get on really well.”

Dr Lorraine Gailey, Chief Executive said: “Taking on Charlie as an apprentice is cost effective for us, as he will be able to learn whilst doing the job and the government contributes to the costs of his learning. His training programme will be designed around our needs and this will lead to him getting a nationally recognised qualification and help us to reach more people living with hearing loss. Charlie has settled well and is a welcome addition to the team.”

The apprenticeship vacancy in Business Administration at Hearing Concern Link was advertised through Sussex Downs College on the Apprenticeship Vacancies Online (AVOL) service.

The Apprenticeship Vacancy Matching Service is a national initiative supported by the government and is the apprenticeship "one stop shop" for individuals to search and apply for apprenticeships. It allows employers to market their apprenticeship opportunities to the widest possible audience at no cost and is a simple and effective tool designed to manage the recruitment process end to end through to successful appointment of an apprentice.

Any individual looking to apply for an apprenticeship position can register to receive updates on current vacancies, search for relevant opportunities using selected criteria such as geography, occupation, job role and keywords, in addition they can save their favourite searches and ultimately apply for the position they are interested in.

If you are thinking about taking on an apprentice, or would like to know more about apprenticeships and how they can help your business grow then now is a very good time to contact Sussex Downs College to see how they can help you.

To find out more call today and speak with one of our Skills Advisors on 0845 2302 007 or visit our web site www.sussexdowns.ac.uk/training

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