National Apprenticeship Week 2020
This week it’s been National Apprenticeship Week and it’s a great time to highlight the variety of apprenticeships across the Greenwood Academies Trust. There are currently over 20 new apprentices completing Level 2 and 3 apprenticeships across the Trust in areas such as teaching support, IT, laboratory technician, accounting and business administration.
Leamarie joined the People Directorate in November 2019 working towards a Level 3 Business Administration apprenticeship. She is gaining experience across a range of functions in the team, including payroll and the maintenance of staff records. Leamarie enjoys seeing how the work she does contributes to the team’s objectives. Check out this short video where Leamarie tells us a bit more about her apprenticeship experience:
Sam Dickens is almost a year into a Learning Assistant apprenticeship which will see him gain the Teaching Assistant Level 3 at the end of it. Based at the Purple Oaks Academy in Northampton, Sam finds one of the most rewarding aspects of his role is supporting students to learn key life skills. He hopes to use his qualification to go on to university.
Many of our existing staff are also gaining recognised qualifications at Level 4, 5 and 7 in a range of areas including HR, catering, senior leadership, teaching support, and facilities management.
Beth and Joe in the People Directorate are both developing their careers by working towards the HR Consultant (CIPD Level 5) qualification via the apprenticeship route. This is what Beth had to say - ‘Having the opportunity to study for a professional qualification through an Apprenticeship is an option I did not think would be available to me. However, this is a great way for me to further my professional and personal development, and gaining this accreditation will be hugely beneficial to both my individual role and the contribution I make within the wider team.’ Whilst Joe has found that his apprenticeship has enabled him to develop his knowledge and understanding of the day to day queries that come in the People Directorate and well as more complex issues. ‘It’s something I did not realise I could do.’
We love celebrating the success of our apprentices too! Congratulations to Kieran at Stanground Sports Centre who has recently completed his Level 2 in Leisure Operations. 'I have really enjoyed completing my apprenticeship at Stanground! The course was interesting and I have learnt lots of new skills, including achieving my NPLQ qualification. The team have been really supportive and have helped me along the way'.