The AGE 16 to 24 Grant for Employers aims to support nurseries, who would not otherwise be in a position to do so, to recruit individuals aged 16 to 24 into employment though the Apprenticeship programme.
The National Apprenticeship Service will provide AGE 16 to 24 year olds to eligible employers, in respect of qualifying apprentices, with an individual value of £1,500. Employers can be paid ten grants in total during the lifetime of the initiative.
AGE 16 to 24 is available to any nursery (with less than 1000 employees), who are new to Apprenticeships or haven’t enrolled a new recruit or existing employee onto an Apprenticeship programme in the previous 12 months.
An enhanced London AGE 16 to 24 Grant of £3000 is available to employers with London postcodes from 10 June – 31 December 2013. The enhanced London grant comprises of the £1500 available as part of the existing NAS AGE 16 to 24 Grant, which has been matched by another £1500 from the London Enterprise Panel (LEP) to make a total enhanced grant to eligible employers of £3000.
Looking for an Apprentice? Parenta can help.
If you are considering hiring an apprentice, speak to Parenta as we receive CV’s every day from young people looking for an opportunity to work in childcare. We will spend the time to understand exactly who you are looking for, and will match any suitable applicants for you.
We will then arrange an interview at a mutually convenient time, and prepare the applicant in advance. If you decide to recruit an apprentice, we will enroll them onto a level 2 or 3 apprenticeship (according to previous experience) and carry out observations within the workplace.
As part of Parenta’s commitment to quality, we regularly call childcare workers after they achieve their Children and Young People’s Workforce qualification to ensure they are happy with the service they received.
In our most recent survey, we were delighted to achieve 100% satisfaction rating with some extremely positive comments.
Colleen B. Level 3: “My assessor was brilliant! I have developed new skills – particularly around safeguarding and Health & Safety.”
Georgina P. Childminder: ” The learning was fantastic, really well delivered. I have learnt lots of new skills throughout the whole course and no improvements could be made to the service at all! The tutor support was fantastic and support was second to none, I would definitely recommend to other people!”
Michelle K. Childminder: “My tutor was brilliant, extremely helpful. I will stay in touch with her after the course.”
Paulete T. Nursery Nurse: “I hadn’t done any learning for 30 years, but I really enjoyed it. My tutor helped with any problems but there wasn’t really any issues at all and I learned lots of new skills.”
If you are 24 or over and an independent childcare worker, a new Government initiative is set to open the door for further training. The new 24+ Advanced Learning Loan will enable the more than 53,000 childminders across the UK, who might not have previously been eligible, to now access a loan to fund a training course and help them to progress in their business.
As one of the UK’s largest childcare training providers, Parenta Training knows full well that in the highly competitive market, qualifications can play a key part in securing business success. With approximately 1500 learners on their nationally recognised childcare courses at any one time, Parenta’s training division is rapidly growing and this new loan could see many more adults reap the benefits of their courses and enhance the service they offer to parents and children.
The 24+ Advanced Learning Loan initiative was introduced to give learners who are 24 and over studying at Level 3, Level 4 or Advanced and Higher apprenticeships the opportunity to pay for courses through loans from the 1st August 2013. Repayments don’t start until April 2016 and you won’t have to pay anything back until you earn more than £21,000 a year.
“It’s vitally important that people continue to invest in their education throughout their career rather than just at the start,” said Allan Presland, Managing Director of Parenta. “The new loan scheme will open the door for many self-employed childminders to gain a new qualification, which will benefit their careers and raise standards across the industry.”
Working with hundreds of nurseries across England and Wales, Parenta specialises in helping people build a career in childcare offering training programmes that deliver qualifications ranging from Apprenticeships and Level 2 through to Level 5 and Assessor Awards.
Nursery employers reap the benefits of better motivated and more highly skilled staff when they get involved in work-related training such as apprenticeships, according to a report published by Ofsted, the Office for Standards in Education, Children’s Services and Skills.
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