Media release: JB Management secures funding for targeted Pathways to Apprenticeship programme


JB Management has secured Skills Development Scotland funding, and can now offer Ayrshire companies 16-19 year-old business and administration assistants for 13 weeks under the Targeted Pathways to Apprenticeship programme.

JB Management is currently recruiting 12 young people to place into Ayrshire-based companies.

The objective of this programme is to increase the employment skills of school leavers, and increase their employability to future employers by gaining valuable commercial experience.

Details of the Targeted Pathways to Apprenticeship:

* Applicants all have General/Credit Level education.
* Placement companies should offer work experience for a period of 13 weeks within an administration environment.
* The working week will be four days.
* Candidates will be required to attend classroom training at JB Management once a month.
* JB Management will pay youngster £55 per week and Placement companies will pay £20 per week.
* The candidates will pay £3 towards their travel expenses and the remainder will be reimbursed by JB Management.
* JB Management administers the SDS paperwork for the candidate with employer supplying weekly administration on attendance etc.

JB Management is confident this will be attractive to local businesses. Therefore, if you would like to discuss the programme further please contact:

JB Management (Scotland) Ltd
12 Wellington Square
Ayr, South Ayrshire
Scotland, KA7 1EN

Telephone: 01292 886664
Fax: 01292 270182

About JB Management

JB Management is an accredited City & Guilds, SQA, ILM and IOSH training provider with over 15 years experience in providing higher level work based training in Occupational Health and Safety, Warehousing, Supply Chain Management, Administration, Construction and Management to companies and individuals in the UK and overseas. JB Management has a vastly experienced team with relevant occupational knowledge and expertise to ensure that all candidates and companies see the benefit of the training programmes delivered.

Bill Ure: managing director

Bill Ure is a dynamic leader, whose entrepreneurial skills of vision and good judgement were essential tools in the formation of the company. He is a risk taker with drive and ambition, but this is always tempered by a clear focus on quality, integrity and budgetary Control. Bill’s career path of craft apprenticeship, logistics and procurement together with recently, an extended managerial role within vocational training has ensured a ‘hands on’ and empathetic approach to the business, staff and clients.

Skills Development Scotland Funding

JB Management currently has fully funded spaces for Business Administration, Logistics, Warehousing and Storage and Occupational Health and Safety NVQs for employees under the age of 20. Vocational Qualifications are work based qualifications, thus little ‘down time’ is needed. One of JB Management’s occupationally competent assessors will visit on a regular basis and guide the candidate through the qualification.

Furthermore the company offer a free recruitment service when considering a Modern Apprentice. Bill Ure (MD) explained that he offers this service at no cost because: “I believe we all have an economic and social responsibility to assist the youth of today in securing employment and developing their potential. They are Scotland’s future after all.”

Striving for Excellence

Bill is pictured above with Damien Yeates, chief executive of Skills Development Scotland. Damien presented this award to recognise the high standard of learning and development which JB Management delivers. The award was a direct result of one of JB Management’s candidates Matt Howard achieving a medal of excellence award. This award was presented by HRH Prince Philip at Buckingham Palace.

Come along and meet JB Management

JB Management has recently joined the Elite Ayrshire Business Circle, and will be hosting the next Circle breakfast networking meeting at 8am on Thursday 28 October in the JB Management offices at 12 Wellington Square, Ayr.

All Ayrshire business people are cordially invited to attend, but please telephone 01292 281498 to let us know you will be coming.


The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle is an association founded in 2007 by some of the top companies in Ayrshire.

Its purpose is to publicise its members, and to celebrate and promote the rich diversity of industry, commerce and business services available within the county boundaries of Ayrshire.

Members include the Clydesdale Bank, Ayr Racecourse, Western House Hotel and South Ayrshire Council, and member company activities include broadcasting, building and construction, architectural practice, estate agency and land management, chartered accountancy, insurance broking, legal services, golf club management, marketing services and brand creation, web design and public relations consultancy.

Frazer Coogans Solicitors senior partner Norman Geddes is executive chair of the Elite Ayrshire Business Circle, and managing director is public relations consultancy Fame Publicity Services proprietor Murdoch MacDonald.

For further information about The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle and to apply for membership, e-mail

Founder members of the Elite Ayrshire Business Circle:

South Ayrshire Council
Clydesdale Bank
Turnberry Hotel and Golf Resort
Ayr Racecourse
Western House Hotel
CKD Galbraith Property Consultants
Frazer Coogans Solicitors
Accident & Injury Claims Centre
MacKay Corporate Insurance Brokers
Donald Ross Estate Agents:
Westgale Ltd Building Contractors
Sinclair Scott Chartered Accountants
Paligap Creative Agency
ARP Lorimer & Associates Architects
JB Management – Training Providers
Brunston Castle Golf Club
Fouters Restaurant
Christie Financial Planning Ltd
Allison Lightbody Waddell Chartered Surveyors
Kestrel Press
Fame Publicity Services Public Relations Consultancy
West Sound Radio
Easton Property
Easton Kitchens & Bathrooms


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Contact: Murdoch MacDonald