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Heronsbridge says ‘you’re hired’ to six new apprentices

08 November 2017

With Lord Sugar’s annual search for his next protégé underway, Heronsbridge School has said ‘you’re hired’ to six new apprentices of its own.

Supported by Bridgend Council Borough Council’s learning and development team, the six successful candidates have gained placements at the school for 18 to 21 months, making their first crucial step onto the career ladder.

The new apprentices will gain valuable on-the-job experience and earn a salary while studying towards nationally recognised qualifications in Child Care Learning and Development.

Through recruiting apprentices, Heronsbridge School is taking the opportunity to shape its workforce to suit the needs of the school, staff and the children.

And, with one of the candidates stepping up to study at level 3 after completing their level 2 qualification as an apprentice at the school, the workforce is well on the way to taking shape.

Deputy Head at the school, Lisa James-Smith said: “Heronsbridge School has always invested in staff training and development, believing it to be the best way to raise standards in attainment and well-being for its pupils.

“Employing apprentices is a great way of bringing the right calibre of person into our school, where they can learn new skills from various staff and within different departments, in a clearly planned career path.

“It is our hope that the apprentices will become our highly skilled staff of the future, not only benefitting our school but also providing a skilled workforce for the education community of Bridgend County Borough.”

As well as supporting apprentices in local schools, Bridgend County Borough Council’s learning and development team has also successfully introduced apprenticeships into various service areas across the authority.

Councillor Charles Smith, Cabinet Member for Education and Regeneration, said: “It is fantastic that we are able to offer individuals the chance to learn and develop new and existing skills through these apprenticeships.

“We already have 17 apprentices working in services throughout the council, and we’ll soon be taking on seven more. We’re delighted to be providing real opportunities for talented local individuals to progress their careers.”

If you are interested in finding more about apprenticeships there is a ‘Choose Your Future Apprenticeship’ event taking place between 9.30am – 2.30pm at Bridgend Life Centre on Thursday 30 November. To find out more about the event, visit

Last Updated: 08/11/2017
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