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Looking for a career in childcare? here's a few words from Tracy Solomon, Business Development Executive about Pixieland and the benefits of being an apprentice.
The team at Pixieland is dedicated to making sure children are happy safe secure and stimulated at nurseries in Stoke, Mannamead, Saltash and HMS Drake.
“At Stoke we have around 30 staff, including 10 apprentices. The staff are highly qualified including level 2 up to degree and Early Years Professionals. These staff are keen to support apprentices to learn and achieve their qualifications and relevant skills to give them experience to gain jobs in the future. At least half the staff need to be fully qualified in any room with the children, so there is a lot of pressure to encourage new talent to help provide manpower. The apprenticeship route is great as it not only helps us meet staff numbers but it also gives learners so much hands-on experience – especially compared to those who come from a college and only have the theoretical knowledge.
“When we recruit apprentices, we look for someone who is keen to learn and energetic, and also has good communication skills. It’s also important that they are not self-conscious as you can’t take yourself too seriously when working with children! My advice to other nurseries who are thinking about hiring apprentices would be to find out why they want to do the job and their future career aspirations.
“We have a great relationship with Skills Group, and have worked with the company for around 6 years. The team is very helpful and supportive, and the vast majority of our apprentices now train through them.
“We will definitely continue to hire apprentices in the future!”
To find out more please contact us on 01752 511007.
Posted in Information on Feb 13, 2020