Know your options, stay ahead: Beyond business administration

Apprenticeship programmes in the UK are predicted to increase by almost 60% in 2017 and one of the key sectors responsible for this impressive growth is Business, Administration & Law. Data released by the government last year revealed that more than half of all apprenticeship starts in 2015/2016 were in both this sector and the Health, Public Service & Care industry.


Generalised versus specialised

Business administration apprenticeships are often a popular choice for employers in all industries and among training providers. These apprenticeships tend to be low cost, easy to deliver and prepare learners with the bare essentials of how companies operate and how to act within the workplace. They are therefore non-sector specific, preparing learners with a base knowledge applicable to a broad range of industries.

However, does this generalised approach come at a cost? Concerns have been raised over the benefits of pursuing a quantity over quality approach to apprenticeships by policymakers. Neil Carmichael MP, chair of the parliamentary skills sub-committee, reportedly stated: “We can’t just say we want millions of apprenticeships if we don’t really know where those millions are going to go… We need to have a quality assurance system in place.”

A possible solution to ensure that learners are more likely to go into relevant employment after they have achieved their qualification is to employ apprentices on specialised programmes. Skills Edge recognises that companies need to build workforces with specialist and up-to-date knowledge in order to remain competitive. Alternatives to the more traditional business administration apprenticeship are yet to be fully mainstreamed however. Many companies do not yet realise the untapped potential of these programmes.

For example, specialised apprenticeships in the housing and finance industries prepare learners for clear career paths. In addition, they do not restrict apprentices learning beyond Level 3 qualifications.


Know your options

Alternatives to business administration apprenticeships include (but are not limited to!):


To find out more about the apprenticeship programmes offered by Skills Edge, call us on 03333 583559 or email


Congratulations! Omni nominated in national and regional awards

Omni the Salon in Surrey has been recognised for its excellence twice over, shortlisted for both the British Association of Beauty Therapy & Cosmetology (BABTAC) and The Muddy Stilettos 2017 Awards.


Leadership excellence

The BABTC Annual Awards is now in its 40th year. It is one of the most prestigious dates in the beauty industry calendar. The gala event on Sunday 18th June shined a spotlight on businesses that have made a significant contribution to the UK beauty industry.

Carolyne Cross is the managing director of Omni the Salon and has a place on this year’s Lifetime Achievement/Contribution to the Industry award shortlist. Cross’ beauty career stretches over 35 years. It has involved extensive experience earned working on cruise ships, in salons, hotels and presenting ‘The Beauty Spot’ radio show. During her time as chair of BABTAC, Cross pioneered higher government standards and regulation within the beauty industry.

The Muddy Stilettos Awards celebrate the most unique, brilliant lifestyle businesses in the Surrey region. Omni the Salon made it onto the shortlist in this year’s Best Beauty Salon category.


Investing in people

The Omni brand includes the salon itself, as well as the Omni Academy of Beauty. The academy has trained thousands of individuals, providing them the skills necessary to embark on a successful career in the beauty industry. Just over 30 Skills Edge learners are currently receiving training at the academy.

Congratulations to Carolyne Cross and her team!