06th June 2016

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MPS COME OUT IN FORCE TO BACK OUR CAMPAIGN FOR EVERY SCHOOL IN THE COUNTRY TO HIRE AN APPRENTICE BY 2020 | One by 2020

Our campaign, One By 2020, calling for every school in the country to hire an apprentice by 2020 has reached the heart of Government. The NST team, accompanied by young apprentices, tutors and school employers, took the campaign to Parliament to gather the support of MPS and Peers.

One By 2020 has been running for over a year now, and the parliamentary event marks the latest milestone for the campaign. Engaging with MPs and Peers is a vital element of our strategy to see apprentices hired in schools right across the UK. As it stands the uptake of school apprentices through our programme has increased from 1,326 in January 2015 to 2,147 in January 2016 – an increase over 60%.

MPs heard from enthusiastic apprentices Lauren Callahan, Charlotte Eagen, Amy McEnroe and Siobhan Saninejad about their positive experience of working as an apprentice in a school. They also heard from senior leaders in schools about the many benefits of taking on an apprentice as part of the school workforce.

The campaign dovetails with the Government’s plans to create three million new apprenticeships by the end of the decade. With this, from April 2017, thousands of schools, including local authority maintained schools, across the country will have a legal duty to employ apprentices to their workforce as part of the Government’s new Public Sector Apprenticeship Target. Not only this, many schools will also have a duty to pay the Apprenticeship Levy, coming in to force at the same time next year. The campaign is working hard to make schools aware of the increasing need to consider how apprentices can be employed as part of the school workforce.

This is why it is so important to gather the support and increase awareness among MPs and Peers, and in particular, to be hosted by the Chair of the Education Select Committee Chair, Neil Carmichael MP. Commenting on the campaign, Neil Carmichael said, “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”. Mr Carmichael’s endorsement of the campaign was equally welcome, saying, “The One by 2020 campaign is helping schools across the country to do this, and I would strongly encourage schools to take part and earn the numerous workforce benefits from doing so”.

You can find out more about the hiring an apprentice through NST’s apprenticeship programme here.