Steve McCabe calls on local schools to take on apprentices

Steve McCabe MP has called on local schools to take on young people as apprentices, in a number of positions ranging from Teaching Assistants, Business Administration and PE and School Sports support. The One By 2020 campaign, led by National Schools Training (NST), is calling on every school in the country to take on an apprentice by 2020.

Steve met with young apprentice, Amy McEnroe who has been doing a Teaching Assistant apprenticeship and hopes to go on to become a teacher specialising in work with children who have special needs. Steve heard off Amy and other apprentices about their experiences and the multiple benefits of working in schools.

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

Over the past year, NST, the leading provider of training and apprenticeships to schools across the UK, has seen over a 60% increase in uptake of apprentices being taken on by schools.

·         West Midlands have over 100 apprentices working in schools

·         The event was hosted by Neil Carmichael MP, Chair of the Education Select Committee and attended by MPs, Peers and Civil Servants from the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills

·         Attendees were able to hear first-hand from apprentices, tutors and schools leaders about their experiences of being and taking on apprentices

·         The uptake of school apprentices through NST has increased from  1,326 in January 2015 to 2,147 in January 2016

·         NST have now delivered apprenticeships in over 2,000 schools – a campaign milestone.

Steve McCabe MP said:

“It was great to meet with young enthusiastic apprentices and I think that we will continue to see a growth in apprenticeships. I’ve been working with schools across my constituency so that young people are aware and well informed about their employment options.

“Local 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 local schools to take part and earn the numerous workforce benefits from doing so.”


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Steve McCabe is the Labour MP for Birmingham, Selly Oak, and has been an MP continuously since 1 May 1997.

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