National School Apprenticeships’(NSA) “One by 2020” campaign is going from strength to strength with hundreds of schools signing up to the scheme since its April launch.
The NSA “One by 2020” campaign encourages every school in England to hire at least one apprentice by the year 2020. The scheme is rapidly gathering pace with over 300 schools having signed up in the past two weeks, joining the 3000 already registered.
NSA are encouraging schools to register their interest in the programme before the end of June, creating a pathway for school leavers in July.
Neil Gamewell, Director of NSA said: “The initial success of the campaign to date has demonstrated to us that there is a need for apprenticeships in schools across the nation. We are confident that every school in England can benefit from joining the programme, so we are determined to keep the message running until every school employs at least one apprentice”.
Following the campaign launch, the company have been shortlisted in the Skills for Business Awards 2015 in the “Learning Provider of the Year” category. The awards will help spread the word of the campaign even further to encourage more schools to become a part of the “One by 2020” campaign.
Magnus Church of England School, in Newark, Nottinghamshire, is a part of the “One by 2020” campaign, employing a Business Administration Apprentice. The apprentice is working on the school reception and is also giving assistance to the rest of the team to gain knowledge of other areas of school administration, including Finance, Marketing and Human Resources. Whilst completing their apprenticeship, they have “progressed significantly and confidence has grown day by day”, according to the school.
Participating schools are encouraged to include the “One by 2020” logo on their marketing materials, in turn showing their commitment to creating job opportunities for young people in the community.
In response to schools that require more information about apprenticeships contribution to schools, NSA is offering free, twice weekly, live webinars. Topics covered in the webinars include: types of apprenticeships available, accessible funding, costs and help with the overall recruitment process. The webinars are designed to give schools the opportunity to determine how an apprentice would benefit their current staff workforce and also gives the opportunity for a live Q and A session for any additional questions.