Every office has one…

Every office has one…

The 11th National Apprenticeship Week runs all this week, from 5th to the 9th March 2018.

Throughout the week, employers and apprentices from across England will come together to celebrate the success of apprenticeships whilst encouraging even more people to choose apprenticeships as a pathway to a great career.

The theme for the #NAW2018 is ‘Apprenticeships Work’. Showcasing how apprenticeships work:

  • for individuals

  • for employers

  • for the community

  • for the wider economy

The training side of our organisation, JACE Training is out and about this week visiting schools and attending careers fairs for pupils in years 10 and above who are thinking about their post-16 options and looking at whether they’d like to start an apprenticeship when they’re 16 – one of the three options available to them, alongside 6th form and college.

All about Apprenticeships!

At Jancett Childcare we are big champions of apprenticeships and have been since they were first introduced, and as an employer, we know first hand that this year’s theme – ‘Apprenticeships Work’ – is absolutely true.

Our Nursery Operations Manager, Becky explains how employing apprentices in our nurseries equally benefits the apprentice and our business: “We give apprentices the opportunity to work and learn at the same time and help them begin their career in early years but apprentices also provide invaluable support in our settings and help our nursery managers – they give our managers someone to rely on, while allowing them to mentor the apprentice and develop their own leadership and management skills. We currently have apprentices working towards their qualification who have incredible potential already. Looking to the future, I know the company is in safe hands and that they will be excellent childcare practitioners. This includes young people who’ve joined us straight from school and older apprentices who have changed careers to work in childcare.”

We have always believed that work based learning works and currently have 228 apprentices in learning with JACE. We count many former apprentices among our longest serving staff and we employ childcare and playwork apprentices in our nurseries and Playsafe out of school clubs. In addition to apprenticeships, JACE offers Study Programmes and Traineships which are suitable for those who need to gain skills and confidence before embarking on an apprenticeship and the world of work.

An apprentice in every department…

While our nurseries and clubs account for predominantly childcare and playwork apprentices, at our Jancett House head office in Wallington, we have apprentices or apprentice alumni in a wide range of vocations including early years, customer service and business administration, plus staff who carry the level 2 qualification in Advice and Guidance.

In our head administration office, Mariam joined us as a Business Administration apprentice through JACE and is now our Playsafe Occupany Officer. Our nursery Occupancy Officer, Sarah started with us as an early years apprentice, then managed one of our Playsafe clubs before commencing her current role at head office.

In our HR department, our HR Manager, Sharon started with us as a childcare apprentice, then moved on to manage our Jancett Baby Unit, before joining our head office team and achieving her NCFE Level 4 Human Resource Management Diploma. Our HR Administrator, Suzie joined us first as a Playworker, became a Playwork manager and achieved her Level 3 Certificate in Early Years Foundation Practice, and recently completed her NCFE Level 3 Human Resource Diploma.

In our finance office, our Book Keeper, Mandy joined us back in 1996 on a scheme that was called ‘Network Training’. Mandy went on to gain her level 2 in childcare and then completed a Level 3 apprenticeship in Business and Administration, which led to her current role at head office and further qualifications in accounting.

Our Jancett House staff are living proof of how versatile and transferable the skills you’ll learn on an apprenticeship can be and how an apprenticeship can open the door to a variety of careers, including the opportunity to change career paths at a later stage. Being flexible and open to new ways of working are skills that many employers are looking for when recruiting staff.

The recent change from ‘apprenticeship frameworks’ to ‘Standards’ was shaped by employers (called ‘Trailblazers’) themselves who helped devise the standards for each industry. Our founder director, Chris Pritchard was one of the trailblazers for the new childcare apprenticeship standards. Having opened her first day nursery in 1969 and with Jancett Childcare celebrating its 50th annversary in 2019, Chris is as committed to childcare and training and as much of a pioneer as ever.

With the introduction of the Apprenticeship Levy last year, companies with payroll that exceeds over 3 million must now pay a levy towards apprenticeship training. This has had the positive effect of providing funding for apprenticeships and encouraging many bigger household names to recruit apprentices instead of historically hiring already qualified staff.

In our Business Development and Marketing office, business and administration apprentice Mollie assists the team with their apprenticeship vacancies and promotions. Mollie explained that one of the best things about an apprenticeship and something she didn’t know at school, is that you can apply for an apprenticeship as soon as you are 16 years of age. Watch Mollie’s apprenticeship journey on JACE Training’s YouTube channel for inspiration and to hear her story.

You can follow the official National Apprenticeship twitter account and their hashtag #NAW2018 here to keep up to date on all the apprenticeship events happening up and down the country this week. You can also follow JACE Training’s twitter for their latest apprenticeship case studies and news.

We hope this blog has given you an insight into how this year’s National Apprenticeship Week theme – ‘Apprenticeships Work’ could not be truer here at Jancett Childcare. Apprenticeships are not only essential to our business and our future growth, but have given us a loyal workforce and positively impact every aspect of our business on a daily basis.

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