Deyes High School, apprenticeship case study

 18 September 2012

Deyes High School were interested in looking into apprenticeships. They talk about getting help from the Creative & Cultural Skills apprenticeships team.

Finding out about apprenticeships

"In a previous job role I was working with diplomas and apprenticeships, so I was already aware of apprenticeships and how they worked," says Pauline Treanor.

"Other schools in the area took on apprentices and it worked well for them.

"We carried out some general research online, contacted the National Skills Academy and their apprenticeships team and it all took off from there.

Recruiting a community arts apprentice

"The whole recruitment process was very straightforward. The Skills Academy put us in touch with Liverpool Community College and we liaised with them to outline the vacancy, advertise via the National Apprenticeships Service and shortlist candidates for the post.

"We now wonder how we survived without Charlotte!"

"We decided the Level 2 Apprenticeship in Community Arts Administration would be the best framework for us.

"The application, interview and workplace assessment activity was the next stage, and it all worked great.

"Liverpool Community College was a great help. They really got to know us and how we work.

"Once funding had been improved internally, the process was smooth and quick."

The benefits of an apprenticeship

"We would now question how we survived without Charlotte! 

"She has developed our organisation and marketing systems, producing professional operations that support our staff and students.

"She works well in a team, contributing to ideas and supporting staff with a variety of tasks.

"An apprentice is an incredible benefit to an organisation"

"I'd definitely recommend the apprenticeship route. It can initially take time to support the apprentice, but once they're fully operational and understand how the business works, they can make an incredible contribution.

"An extra pair of hands continually developing knowledge and skills through their training at the college is an incredible benefit to an organisation.

"This only increases as the apprentice gains confidence and understanding."

After the apprenticeship

"Deyes High School has now began to think about our curriculum.

"The whole experience has been like a gateway into work development for the young people and how we can assist them to become work-ready.

"We are currently thinking of offering tailored work placements together with Academy One here in Liverpool."

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