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The nursery chain, Kiddi Caru Day Nurseries, has launched its first apprenticeship scheme.
Under the scheme, each of its 19 nurseries will recruit up to two full-time apprentices each year.
Each apprentice will be recruited under a fixed term contract for a period of three years.
Caron Moseley, marketing manager at Kiddi Caru said: “One of the fundamental principles behind the success of Kiddi Caru is that we grow our own talent by supporting the learning and development of existing employees through the provision of mentors and access to funds where possible. Launching an apprenticeship scheme is a natural extension of this principle.
She added: “Through our apprenticeship scheme we can continue to recruit and develop people who will ultimately become full time team members. We are also very mindful of the fact that in the current economic climate it has become increasingly difficult for young adults to get that important first step on the ladder to their chosen career and it is important to Kiddi Caru to do something to help support the communities in which we operate.
“By working closely with the colleges, we are able to implement a rolling programme which means that nurseries can take on apprentices at any time during the year, allowing them the flexibility to add to their team at a time most suitable to them.”
The apprentices will attend college for one day a week and also work in their nominated nursery for four days a week. The apprentice will be paid for all of these hours.
During this three year period, the apprentices will be supported by their Kiddi Caru nursery and college to gain their Qualification and Credit Framework Certificate and their Qualification and Credit Framework Diploma in Childcare, Learning and Development. At the end of the fixed term contract, providing the apprentice has gained both qualifications and the nursery has a suitable vacancy they will be taken on as a permanent employee.
Kiddi Caru runs nineteen nurseries across the Midlands, South, South East and South West of England and was founded upon ethical principles to promote quality nursery care.