When the Lincolnshire Football Association was looking to recruit new talent to work in the Lincolnshire office, hiring an Apprentice proved the perfect solution. In August 2012, 17 year old Business Administration Apprentice Jake joined the LFA as their first Apprentice and with the help of a £1500 Apprentice Grant for Businesses is a fully fledged employee of the Football Association.
Chief Executive of the LFA, John Griffin, says:
"Football Administration is fast paced and constantly developing and we are passionate about young people joining the County FA. The Management team had been talking about the best way to do this and I happened to open our local community newsletter and saw Lincoln College's advert for Apprenticeships and thought 'yes – this is exactly what we need!'
The LFA has also been able to access a £1500 grant to help them take on their Apprentice – the grant is accessible to even more businesses thanks the Governments decision to revise the eligibility criteria.*
"Initially we weren't aware that we could access this Grant, and while we were already sold on the idea of an Apprentice, the Grant has been welcome support in funding a PC and other equipment for Jake to complete his role."
"Any company thinking of recruiting an apprentice should certainly go ahead with the aid of the financial grant available to them. The grant is very generous and covers various costs which you may have early concerns about," adds John.
Having made a positive impression during a week of work experience the previous year, Jake was their first thought and an ideal candidate to become their first Apprentice:
"Jake is a keen footballer so the fact he can talk to the players about his experience of the other areas of the FA is a huge benefit. For us, an Apprenticeship has enabled us to recruit fresh talent safe in the knowledge that Jake will receive training and support, both from the College and here at the LFA as he works towards his qualifications – and a bright future in an industry with so many career opportunities."
"We are delighted with how things are going and based on our experience, we will not hesitate in recruiting again in the future. I'd definitely agree that Apprenticeships are Good for Business."
Apprentice Jake says: "I've always been keen to work in the football industry so I was really pleased to be offered this opportunity. It's a busy role and the qualifications and experience I'm getting will help me move onto other roles within the organisation."
Director of Employer Engagement at Aspire (Lincoln College), Rachel May:
"This is another great example of a business that has been able to harness fresh talent and gain valuable resources by taking on an Apprentice. Apprentices are committed, talented and eager to develop skills and knowledge of the industry. If you've never hired an Apprentice before, or not been in a position to within the last 12 months, now's the time to get in touch to find out about the Apprentice Grant for employers and how Apprenticeships can benefit your business."
For more information about Apprenticeships and the £1500 Grant for Businesses please contact O845 270 7227 or firstname.lastname@example.org