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Published on Sunday, June 24, 2018


Liverpool nursery dedicated to Apprenticeships wins Judges Prize at Liverpool City Region Awards

The Old School House Nursery were celebrating last week after they found themselves crowned winners of the Judges Special Recognition Award at the Liverpool City Region Apprenticeships Awards.

A highlight of the Liverpool City Region Skills Show, the LCR Apprenticeships Awards were held to recognise and celebrate the achievements of apprentices and the contribution local companies have made towards apprenticeships in the region. A total of 12 awards were presented including the Judges Special Recognition Award won by the children’s day nursery in Kirby.

Tried and tested

The Old School House Nursery in Liverpool employs around 20 staff including 5 apprentices who are training towards industry qualifications in Childcare/Early Years. For them, the Apprenticeship programme is a tried and tested method for recruiting, training and retaining long term staff. They work closely in partnership with Apprenticeship provider tpm (Training Plus Merseyside) who help them identify candidates for nursery assistant posts that arise, and then provide the training and support to enable them to achieve their qualifications.

Long term business strategy

Deputy manager, Nikki Tripp, who started working at the nursery almost 10 years ago, is herself an ex-apprentice. She has worked her way up through the organisation, and achieved her intermediate and advanced apprenticeship (levels 2 and 3) through tpm:

 “Apprenticeships is a long term business strategy for us, not just a way of recruiting new staff. Apprenticeships enable us to mould young people into exemplary staff that fit perfectly into our way of working and serving customers in the childcare industry. We’re delighted to win this award and would like to dedicate it to our apprentices who work so hard and are such valued members of our team at the Old School House Nursery.”

Apprenticeships as tool for growth

Brian Quinn, director of tpm, emphatically endorses the winning of this award by the well-established nursery and apprentice employer who they have worked with for several years.

“Our aim as an apprenticeship provider is to facilitate the long term employment of young people in Liverpool City Region. It’s a privilege to work with employers like the Old School House Nursery who share our vision about the value of apprenticeships as a tool for investing in staff and long term business growth.”

Siobhan Saunders, chair of the LCR Apprenticeship Hub adds:

“The Old School House Nursery’s approach to developing staff, along with their productive partnership with apprenticeship provider tpm, helps distinguish them as a role model for the apprenticeship programme in the region. They fully deserve to have won this award.”

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