Schools backed to bring in apprentices

A new campaign has been launched aimed at campaign encouraging schools to take on apprentices in positions ranging from teaching assistants, business administration, PE and school sports support.

The One By 2020 campaign, which is being led by National Schools Training (NST), hosted a parliamentary event this week in order to raise awareness of the goal to place one apprentice in every school in the UK by 2020.

The campaign will feed into existing plans to create three million new apprenticeships by 2020. According to NST, from April 2017, thousands of schools, including local authority maintained schools in the UK will have a legal duty to employ apprentices to their workforce as part of the government’s new Public Sector Apprenticeship Target.

The campaign has received parliamentary backing, with the chair of the Education Select Committee, Neil Carmichael MP, saying, “Schools can play a vital role in helping young people enter the world of work through providing useful and well paid apprenticeships in a range of different roles. This can play an important role in levelling the playing field in demonstrating the value of alternative routes to employment.

“The One by 2020 campaign is helping schools across the country to do this, and I would strongly encourage schools to take part and earn the numerous workforce benefits from doing so.


‘Positive impact of apprenticeships’

“It’s so important that MPs and policymakers have the chance to speak directly to apprentices and school leaders to learn about the positive impact of apprenticeships in schools,” said National Schools Training (NST) director Neil Gamewell.

“NST are immensely proud to have received cross party support from MPs and hope it will encourage schools in their constituencies to take on apprentices in a number of valuable roles.

“With widespread Government and public support for apprenticeships, the One by 2020 Campaign represents a significant opportunity for local authorities, schools, and academies to visibly demonstrate to young people the benefits of taking an alternative route to employment.”