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Date: 15/03/2017

With around twenty apprenticeship opportunities currently available in Bromsgrove, now is a great time to consider the apprenticeship route to a fulfilling, exciting and multi-skilled career.

Apprenticeships are a great way to ‘learn whilst doing’ – benefiting both the apprentice and the business or organisation, right from day one.
Bromsgrove company GTAccess, national provider of powered access platforms, has made apprenticeships a key part of its recruitment strategy, taking on at least one engineering apprentice a year.
Jon Till, Managing Director of GTAccess and Vice Chair of Bromsgrove’s Economic Theme Group said,
“Over the last 25 years in business, we have found that the apprenticeship route has been a really positive way to build skills and capacity.  Of our 90 employees, 6 are currently working their way towards professional qualifications in engineering, business administration, digital marketing, customer service and ICT via the apprenticeship route. “
Tony Jones, now Service Manager at GTAccess started with the company aged 17.  A four year Plant Mechanics Apprenticeship earned him a valuable specialist qualification and skills base. Ten week learning blocks at college were followed by full time work at GT Access. Tony said,
“As a 17 year old, I was certainly not prepared for the work of work.  My apprenticeship was a brilliant way to learn my trade and really built my confidence. I now see the new lads and girls coming through and it’s great to see them growing like I did.  I would say to anyone who is unsure about where their career path lies, to go for an apprenticeship as it can lead to completely new and unknown opportunities. “
Brandon Burrows aged 21 has been with GTAccess for 2 years having joined as a business administration trainee.  After demonstrating an aptitude and enjoyment of figures, Brandon is now working towards AAT Level 2 – a Foundation Accounting Certificate.  Brandon, who lives in Bromsgrove, is planning to take his training further.
He said
“I am lucky to have found a company that is supporting me to go further.  Once I have my Level 2, I hope to do the AAT Level 3 Diploma which will mean that I am qualified for a junior accounting role.”
Jon Till said,
“I came up through the ranks myself.  I was skilled in finance and management and learning every aspect of this business from the bottom up. I am a great believer in ‘in-situ training’ because everyone benefits. We have found our apprentices to be loyal to the business and have the confidence and positive attitude we are looking for to take the business forward.  We now have 1500 powered access machines for hire across 6 sites around the UK so we need a dependable highly skilled workforce.  I would say to business leaders, look within for the talent to build your organisation and invest in apprentices – they are the future for your business.”
Cllr Karen May, Bromsgrove District Council’s Portfolio Holder for Heath, Wellbeing and Economic Development and Regeneration said
“Thanks to companies like GTAccess we are arming our young entrepreneurs of the future with life-skills which can only come with experience. By offering such opportunities we are more likely to see our younger residents stay in the District and flourish, adding to our economy, instead of looking elsewhere for opportunities.”

The Redditch and Bromsgrove Apprenticeship Grant provides a one-off payment of £1,500 to SME businesses in Redditch or Bromsgrove to employ a new apprentice who is resident in either district.  The grant is paid after the apprentice has completed 3 months of their training.  For full terms and conditions and an application form, please contact NWedR on 0845 6015953 or email
To find out more about local apprenticeship opportunities visit  and contact GTAccess in Bromsgrove to find out about current apprenticeship opportunities.