School expands its apprenticeship scheme

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The Royal Latin School is training its first apprentice, and the arrangement has been such a success that it will soon be taking on two more.

The school took the decision over a year ago to introduce apprenticeships within its support staff structure.

Jessica Carr joined the school in January 2015, as a business administrator apprentice, after doing A-levels at Bicester Community College.

She said: “I have been delighted to find a placement that has allowed me to develop a range of skills. I have particularly enjoyed seeing the practical results of my work.”

School business manager Lorraine Hayhurst-France said: “There is a great deal of satisfaction to be gained from watching a young person develop in the workplace.

“I would encourage other schools to think very seriously about offering apprenticeships.

“I think they will be surprised at how much not only the apprentice, but also the organisation as a whole benefits.”

The school hopes to take on a science technician apprentice after Easter, followed by an IT technician apprentice.