The Business Apprentice Programme

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Is the Business Apprentice Programme For You?

The Business Apprentice Programme is an extremely popular choice for those ambitious individuals looking to progress in a commercial or corporate environment. We also highly recommend it to those with an entrepreneurial spirit, looking to run their own business one day.

Quest Professional students train in a supportive, work-place aligned environment where the focus is to transform you from a young student into a fresh, dynamic employee and perhaps a future leader. You will follow a 22-week training schedule consisting of a variety of trainer-led sessions, guest speakers, trips out, and bite-size courses simulating real-life working environments. The entire content of The Business Apprentice Programme has been constructed with the end result in mind, helping you to make a successful impact within your desired job role.

Once you have completed the training programme you will have the opportunity to complete a two-week internship. This may be arranged by the Quest team, through the help of valuable external sources or through your own networking efforts, enabling you to put all your acquired skills into practice, add to an impressive CV, get a taste of working life – and it could lead on to full-time employment!

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% of students that secured a job after graduating from The Business Apprentice Programme in 2015

84%

Training Programme Content:

Current Affairs

  • Discussions and debates of current news and topical issues
  • Political spectrum and political parties
  • Parliament and government
  • Cabinet and shadow cabinet ministers
  • Prime Minister’s Question Time
  • Law making
  • Voting and elections
  • European Union and Middle East
  • Devolved governments

Leadership & Management

  • ILM Qualification *Level 3
  • Developing yourself and others
  • Learning and working styles
  • Communication styles
  • Motivation Theories
  • Emotional Intelligence Theory
  • Leadership and team building
  • Effective management strategies
  • Personality Types

Economics & Finance

  • Understanding and exploring global financial markets
  • Financial accounting
  • The UK Tax System
  • Macroeconomics
  • Personal finance
  • An Economic Bubble
  • Derivative products

IT - MS Office and Apple

  • MS Word (including mail merge and advanced functions)
  • MS PowerPoint (and business presentations)
  • MS Outlook (and diary management)
  • MS Access (database management)
  • MS Excel (and business finance)
  • Apple IT (intro to MAC OS)

Marketing

  • The role and function of marketing in business
  • The 7 P’s
  • Customers and stakeholder management
  • Competition
  • Developing a marketing plan
  • Market research
  • Social/Digital Media and Google Analytics

Business English

  • How/When to plan a document
  • Addressing different audiences
  • Business vocabulary
  • Professional emails, letters, memos, press releases, reports
  • Proofreading skills, spelling, grammar and producing accurate business documentation

Practical Advertising

  • Product development
  • Print advertising
  • Online advertising
  • Storyboards
  • Social media
  • Advertising campaigns
  • Creating and delivering a business pitch, to include presentation skills

Business Correspondence

  • Meetings
  • AGM
  • Rackham’s Behavioural Analysis
  • Itineraries
  • Letter structure
  • Telephone manner

Business Law

  • Contracts
  • Equal Pay Act 1970
  • Sex Discrimination Act 1975
  • Race Relations Act 1976
  • Maternity rights
  • Advertisement law
  • Copyright law
  • Business property

Customer Service

  • Issues you may have to deal with
  • Interacting with customers
  • Resolving issues
  • Keeping calm
  • How to tell people they are wrong

Career Development Programme

  • Introduction to industry sectors, identifying leading companies
  • Job market analysis
  • Creating professional CVs
  • Covering letter formats
  • LinkedIn
  • Preparing for interviews
  • Group interviews
  • Online job applications
  • Applying for jobs that aren't advertised
  • Following up an interview and interview feedback
  • Contacting and networking with consultancies and companies
  • Dealing with your first week in a role

Web and Web Design

  • The internet
  • Principles of web design
  • Creating and updating a website
  • Creating and editing graphics
  • Editing Cascading Style Sheets
  • Introduction to HTML

Cloud Computing

  • Using SaaS/Web Apps
  • Conducting business 'in the cloud'

Work Experience

  • Opportunity to gain practical office experience

Social Digital Media

  • Digital strategy and planning
  • Twitter for business
  • Facebook for businesses
  • Google Plus

Developing a Professional Wardrobe and Image

  • First impressions for interviews and in the workplace
  • Consultation session with stylist
  • Business dress – shapes, lengths, seasonal colours and style

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