Grow Somerset Talent scheme creates apprenticeship opportunities

Grow Somerset Talent

Grow Somerset talent scheme a success!

The Grow Somerset Talent scheme has created over 700 apprenticeship positions in the UK. The scheme, backed by Somerset County Council, the National Apprenticeship Service (NAS), and the business school at Richard Huish College, targets young people between the ages of 16 and 24. After successful completion of the training last year, 84% of apprentices went into to full time employment.

Director of Andika Accountancy Services, Penny Farrar, hired Chris Smith as an apprentice and speaks of the schemes success: “Chris is the second apprentice from the Richard Huish Business School to join our bookkeeping team since we moved to Equity House. The standard of the course and the support from the college has made taking on an apprentice a very good option to gain quality qualified staff.”

Principal at Richard Huish College, Dr Peter Avery, adds: “Since launching our business school to reflect the wide range of vocational and professional courses on offer, our commitment to expanding our apprenticeship offer is going from strength to strength. Being part of the ‘Grow Somerset Talent’ initiative has really helped us to focus on matching the skills and career aspirations of young people to the needs and requirements of employers in the local business community.”