Business Traineeship launched

Felixstowe Trade & Enterprise College

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FELIXSTOWE’S most determined young people are trading in the traditional A Level route for the new and improved Business Traineeship being launched this year at Felixstowe Trade & Enterprise College’s Cliff House Campus.


With Britain’s exports on the rise and backed by the port expansion programme, employers are asking for candidates with real business experience. The old advice of “go to university so you can get a good job” is becoming less relevant as young people are getting smarter and finding ways to get ahead faster! Equally, employers are turning their attention towards job seekers with real work experience and relevant industry qualifications to fill the best entry level jobs.


Local training provider ITS Training Ltd is celebrating this change in direction by acquiring the Felixstowe Trade & Enterprise College brand after 20 years experience working with big players in international trade like Philips Avent, British American Tobacco and MSC, based off the A14 Ransomes Europark way, which employs more than 500 staff locally. The college has attracted some of the UKs best talent and employs a team of specialist business coaches and teachers who have real industry experience and who are are uniquely positioned to match pupils with the best entry level positions at successful companies.


The college’s new FTEC branding comes with a move of its headquarters to Enterprise House, located directly across from Felixstowe Train station, next to the Conservative Club. Meanwhile, the college’s Cliff House Campus remains open – offering additional learning space on 3 floors of the building plus newly updated training rooms, business simulation workstations and a brand new board room that gives business candidates the chance to role play while learning about industry operations.


The college is planning an official grand opening celebration later in the year with special guest speakers from Westminster and the Institute of Export. In advance of the opening, aspiring college applicants will be welcomed for the first in a series of Business Traineeship enrolments at Cliff House Campus, Hamilton Gardens, Felixstowe, between September 15 – 19. Applicants ideally need to have a full set of GCSEs at grades C or above and be ready to take on a 6 week work placement with a local company. College assessors will be vetting applicants for entry onto a Level 2 Business or International Trade & Logics Operations programme. Fast-track support will also be available to high flying students wishing to advance their qualification to a degree level vocational equivalent or higher.


Chris Rademacher, director of business development at the college, said: “There’s been a hurricane of enthusiasm from students, parents, and employers in support of the government’s ‘Get In – Go Far’ campaign.” Speaking about the initiative, Secretary of State for Business Innovation and Skills – Vince Cable – said recently “For too long there has been a divide between university and vocational education which has been damaging for both employers and young people. Placing university degrees and apprenticeships on an equal footing will help to break down barriers and better meet the needs of business.”


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