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Grosvenor Estate extends Apprenticeship scheme

March 28, 2013

The Grosvenor Estate, based in Chester, has recently appointed their fifth consecutive business administration Apprentice through West Cheshire College.


Sarah Dawson is the Grosvenor Estate's fifth consecutive Apprentice

The organisation which has a portfolio of businesses and rural estates recently appointed Sarah Dawson, 18, from Chester, as a business administration Apprentice.

Sarah, who decided to do an Apprenticeship as opposed to going university, said: “An Apprenticeship provides real work experience and you get the qualifications and skills that employers are looking for.

“My role is varied and includes working on reception, dealing with the post, ordering stationery and file management.

“It’s been a big change from being in school but I do really enjoy it. To be earning money whilst I get experience and a qualification is an added bonus.

“I chose to do a Business Administration Apprenticeship as I’m not entirely sure what I want to do when I finish. However, the course is very broad as it provides transferable skills.

“My employers have been fantastic and really supportive and I would definitely recommend for other people to do an Apprenticeship as it provides a lot of opportunities.”

Paul Skelly, IT & Office Services Team Leader at the Grosvenor Estate, said: “We are strong advocates of Apprenticeships and have seen many benefits both to the company and the Apprentices themselves.

“Two of our previous Apprentices have since gained full-time positions with the company - one as an IT Administrator and the other as an Administration Assistant.

“It has been refreshing to be able to bring young people into the business, give them the training and support they need to develop their skills and to see them become important members of the team.”

The company first decided to recruit an Apprentice as they wanted to give young people the opportunity to gain work experience whilst developing their knowledge and skills at the same time.

Throughout the placement of the five Apprentices, Paul has commended the partnership with the Grosvenor Estate and West Cheshire College.  Paul added: “Our track record with West Cheshire College has been extremely successful.  This is testimony not only to the training provided by both the Grosvenor Estate and the West Cheshire College, but also to the calibre of the Apprentices we have been fortunate to work with.”

Paul believes that the Grosvenor Estate will continue to appoint Apprentices in the future.  He said: “Through the Apprenticeship scheme, we have successfully brought new talent into the business. I would definitely recommend other businesses to consider how Apprentices can help and support the growth of their own business.”

For more information on taking on an Apprentice, call West Cheshire College’s employer hotline on 01244 656499 or visit

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