Schools can help reach public sector apprentice targets, NST says

National Schools Training (NST) has welcomed Whitehall’s pledge to increase apprenticeships in the public sector, highlighting the advantages apprentices can bring to schools.

Responding to the launch earlier this week of the government’s consultation on public bodies’ apprenticeship targets, NST said that schools were already seeing the multiple benefits of taking on apprentices in roles from business administrators to teaching assistants.


Improving performance

NST director Lee Povah said: “It’s great to see that the government are recognising the importance and value of apprenticeships across the public sector.

“Schools are realising the huge contribution an apprentice can make to school performance, and young adults are embracing this alternative progression route which is often more desirable than other options.”

National Schools Apprenticeships, part of NST, last year launched the One by 2020 campaign, which aims to have an apprentice in every school in England by 2020. This programme, Povah added, is key in working towards the public sector targets.


Making headway

“The One By 2020 campaign has made significant progress already with over 2,000 schools taking on at least one apprentice – however there is a long way to go to achieve the ambition of every school having an apprentice.

“We will be responding to the government’s consultation and are working with policymakers to help realise this vision and encourage head teachers, school business managers and others who might be interested in an apprenticeship to get in touch!”

In the last year, the number of schools that have taken on an apprentice as part of the campaign has increased by more than 60 per cent.

NST has delivered apprenticeships in more than 2,000 schools, with the total number of apprentices rising from 1,326 a year ago to 2,147 this month.