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As a Business & IT Apprentice you will assist the IT Manager, ensuring GHP is able to run efficiently at all times using best business practices.

Hours of work:

37.5 hours per week


Competitive salary


Grosvenor House Papers, Kendal

Closing date:

30th September 2019

Vacancy Details

Grosvenor House Papers Ltd began trading in 1949 selling paper to local businesses. The company is owned by husband & wife, Keith & Janet Young, who are both very hands-on within the company. Keith has worked for the business for 52 years. In recent years we have grown considerably - supplying exercise books & paper, craft materials, copier paper and office equipment to schools, local authorities and businesses nationally. Currently, we have the largest range and stockholding of school exercise books & paper in the UK and, after the shop opened in the summer of 2002, we have become a major supplier of Arts & Crafts materials in the South Lake District. The shop has since closed due to the acquisition of our online craft shop papermilldirect. In 2001 we completed an 18,000ft² extension built onto our existing warehouse, which is 20,000ft². This will give us a total storage area of 38,000ft² plus 10,000ft² of office accommodation.

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The candidate would be required to learn and improve business practices, as well as assist the IT Manager in large business projects to ensure positive change within the company. Other aspects of work outside of business will be required such as managing the company website and potentially helping with social media and email marketing.

Responsibilities and Duties

  • Training and implementing the company’s Orderwise system. This system covers all sales, purchasing, accounts, stock management, dispatch and ecommerce modules
  • Managing the correct use of Orderwise
  • Liaising with service providers
  • Maintaining e-commerce channels (Amazon, eBay, GHP website)
  • Stock & product management
  • Producing product imagery
  • Producing marketing material
  • Design and Print Projects

Desired skills

  • Good Spoken and written skills
  • Good Mathematical Skills
  • Computer skills - Microsoft office

Personal qualities

  • Strong critical thinking and decision-making skills
  • Team working skills
  • Leadership skills

Desired qualifications

  • GCSE Maths & English - A*-C/9-4 (or equivalent)
  • Business Studies - desirable - Not essential

Future prospects

On completion of the apprenticeship the candidate should understand how a medium sized business of around 50 employees runs from front to back.

There could potentially be the opportunity to progress to a higher-level apprenticeship depending on the initial level of entry for the candidate.

The opportunity of a full-time job would be available if the candidate shows promise throughout the apprenticeship.

Grosvenor House Papers have a good track record of employing apprentices upon completion of their course, with 6 apprentices having been employed with the company in the last 6 years.

Things to consider

On the odd occasion the candidate may be asked to work outside of their working hours to upgrade the Orderwise system, however this is usually only a few hours and on these days the candidate may start later that day or the following day if they wish.

Apprentices are paid for their normal working hours and training that's part of their apprenticeship (usually one day per week). For more information please visit:

How to apply:

You apply for this position on the National Apprenticeship website, which can be accessed by clicking on the ‘Apply now’ button.

Be sure to take your time when completing this application, ensure you consider all the required skills and responsibilities and what you can offer. If you would like any support in completing this application, you can access support from our Student Services Team on 01539 81470 or by email at

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