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Chantreyland Nursery apprenticeship case study

Snapshot of Chantreyland Nursery

Chantreyland Children’s Nursery is situated in Norton, Sheffield; it was established at previous premises in 1987 as a mixed age group nursery, moving to our present site 10 years later giving us further opportunities to improve the facilities we provide. The nursery was refurbished in 2011 and expanded further providing more high-quality childcare and education to the children in the community.

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The Employer

Chantreyland Children’s Nursery, established in 1987 is based in Norton, Sheffield. The nursery provides highquality childcare and education to the children in the local community. Roger Bell, Director of the Chantreyland Children’s Nursery, strongly believes that an apprenticeship pathway is a smart decision for a young person.

Roger commented, ‘an apprentice will gain a good transferable qualification that will be recognised in whichever trade or profession they decide to go into. The fact that they are by-passing the university debt, means that they are able to financially progress further and faster as well.’

With the significant nationwide skills gap, an apprenticeship allows you to develop transferable skills, whilst learning what is expected of you in the work place. Roger feels that ‘schools are letting children down by not giving them compulsory work experience’, and this is why he feels an apprenticeship is of such high benefit, not only to the apprentice but also to industry, as it allows them to become accustomed to the working world.

Chantreyland Nursery has worked with various training providers previously to recruit apprentices. However Roger stated that, ‘my experience with Interserve has been the happiest and best of them all’.

The Apprentice

Sophie Brayshaw joined Chantreyland Nursery as an apprentice two years ago. Sophie found that the class-room environment was not for her, and was eager to gain a qualification and learn in a practical environment, that didn’t necessarily match the pre-constructed teaching curriculum; and so following an apprenticeship was the best option for Sophie.

When finishing her A-Levels, she assessed her options but felt that university wasn’t for her. Sophie commented, ‘sometimes at university, you don’t go on the same path that you wanted to when you do your degree. Doing an apprenticeship allows you to work in the field you want to be in and fully understand that career, meaning you are able to also contribute more to the businesses.

After Sophie finished her Level 2 qualification with Interserve Learning and Employment, she felt that she wanted to progress further and complete her Level 4 qualification. Continued learning has enhanced Sophie’s ability to completely understand the business and the industry she was working in.

An apprenticeship has allowed Sophie to develop key knowledge over the duration of the course, rather than learning it all at once and then implementing the skills afterwards, which for some can seem overwhelming and counter-productive.

At Interserve Learning & Employment we’re able to give help and advice to all clients, particularly those who are taking on an apprentice for the first time. We pride ourselves on evaluating each applicant sufficiently. This helps to match the right candidate to the right role. Our specialist Trainer Assessors can ensure both the client and learner are happy throughout the process. Contact us today to speak to one of our dedicated team and we can help you to find your perfect match.