Peterborough head teacher urges other schools to sign up to apprentice scheme

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A Peterborough head teacher is encouraging other schools in the city to sign up to an apprenticeship programme.

Discovery Primary School in Peterborough, one of the pioneering schools of a national apprenticeship programme in the East of England, is encouraging other schools in the region to create apprenticeships.

National School Apprenticeships’ (NSA) ‘One by 2020’ campaign encourages every school in England to employ an apprentice by the year 2020. They offer a range of apprenticeship roles in schools including; Teaching Assistants, PE & School Sport, Business Administration and Facilities Management job roles.

Discovery Primary School in Walton currently employs six teaching assistant apprentices who provide learning support for staff in lessons and the general school environment. This not only enables the apprentices to gain the necessary qualifications for the job role, but will also give them the real life working experience to put that knowledge into practice.

Abbie Muir, Deputy Head of Discovery Primary School, said “Everyone at our school has had a really positive experience with the National School Apprenticeship programme.”

NSA is currently working with over 3000 schools across the country who have already joined the ‘One by 2020’ programme. However, Discovery Primary School is one of the first in the East of England to join the programme with more schools in the region now being encouraged to sign up.

Abbie added: “I would definitely recommend that every school joins the ‘One by 2020’ programme.

“The application and recruitment process was made really easy and the level of ongoing support that is provided to both the school and the apprentices throughout their apprenticeship is excellent.”

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