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What is an Apprenticeship?
The term ‘apprenticeship’ is a job with an accompanying skills development programme.
The job must have a productive purpose and should provide the apprentice with the opportunity to gain knowledge, skills and behaviours needed to achieve the apprenticeship, including the end-point assessment (if necessary) which the employee undertakes as part of their skills development requirements for their job role. In simple terms an apprenticeship is a genuine job with training.
The term ‘apprentice’ refers to the employee who is undertaking the apprenticeship training and assessment, which is funded via the apprenticeship levy.
Apprenticeships can be applied to both new recruits and existing staff in roles from entry level up to and including degree level, regardless of age.
They can be undertaken for:
• Building the talent pipeline - either for new recruitment or to develop internal talent to fill critical skills gaps
• Developing existing staff - offering a route for anyone who needs to develop new skills due to changes in job roles or job requirements
For existing staff, the School must have identified a need for the employee to acquire new skills. Examples of this could include recent recruits who do not have the full qualifications needed for the role, job changes as a result of restructures, staff redeployment into new roles, job redesign for other reasons, statutory or regulatory changes requiring new skills, or other service changes.
Offering an apprenticeship is a productive and effective way for Schools to grow their own talent (including targeting roles that are typically hard to fill) to build their future workforce with motivated, skilled and qualified staff.
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Sustainable Travel and Road Safety
We’re encouraging all Birmingham schools to join a major effort to increase levels of walking, cycling and other forms of greener travel by registering with Modeshift STARS.
Modeshift STARS is a FREE national award scheme which offers support and rewards to schools for taking steps to promote safer, greener, healthier travel. By participating in the Modeshift STARS scheme your school will be able to produce a new national standard School Travel Plan with an achievable action plan. This is a positive action your school could get involved in to reduce the car congestion outside your school and improve the air that your pupils breathe.
If you need a little extra support with Modeshift STARS, we offer free training sessions on ‘Getting Started with Modeshift STARS’ and ‘Moving on to Accreditation’. Could your school host one of our Modeshift STARS training sessions? In order to share knowledge and best practise, we aim to deliver training sessions to groups of schools in local clusters.
By registering with Modeshift STARS we also offer free staff CPD training sessions covering themes such as clean air and road safety:
Clean Air Cops:
Air pollution affects everyone in Birmingham, but especially children. Transport is responsible for around 80% of pollutants such as nitrogen oxides and the school gate is a location where we are particularly exposed to this.
Our primary school training package supports school staff to teach the importance of having clean air, how it affects our health and what the school can do to help make the air cleaner.
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