Campaign asks local schools to consider taking on apprentices

Apprentices in schools web

Karin Smyth MP (centre) at a One By 2020 campaign event in Parliament, with Neil Gamewell, Director of National Schools Training and Amy McEnroe, Teaching Assistant Apprentice with NST.

A Bristol MP is asking local schools to consider taking on young people as apprentices in a number of positions including Teaching Assistants, Business Administration and PE and School Sports support.

Karin Smyth (Bristol South) met organisers of the One By 2020 campaign, led by National Schools Training (NST), which is calling on every school in the country to take on an apprentice by 2020.

Over the past year, NST, the leading provider of training and apprenticeships to schools across the UK, has seen a 60% increase in uptake of apprentices being taken on by schools.

“An apprenticeship is a real job, with a salary, holiday entitlement and other benefits. It offers a mixture of on- and off-the-job training that give the skills needed to get ahead in a chosen career,” said Karin Smyth.

“Local schools can help young people enter the world of work by providing useful and well-paid apprenticeships in a range of different roles.”

NST Director Neil Gamewell added: “Schools are realising the huge contribution an apprentice can make to school performance, and young adults are embracing this alternative route, which can often be more desirable than other options.”

NST can help schools provide a range of Level 2 and Level 3 apprenticeships, in roles including:
• Teaching Assistants
• PE & School Sport
• Business Administration
• Facilities support
• ICT support

Bristol schools interested in knowing more about taking on an apprenticeship can find out more by visiting