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People wishing to take childcare courses are set to receive a helping hand after the Department for Education revealed a £2 million apprenticeship bursary scheme.
From September anyone wishing to pursue a career in the sector will be able to apply for up to £1,500, as well as a further £300 towards training.
There will be 1,000 places available on the bursary scheme, which will seek to support the delivery of early learning places for two year olds. The initiative will be run by the National College for Teaching and is part of the Government’s commitment to building a stronger and more professional early years work force with more qualifications.
Childcare and education minister Elizabeth Truss said: “Caring for and educating young children is a fantastically rewarding job.
“The bursaries will make it easier for talented people to start a career in early education.
“Providing good quality early education is proven to help young children get a head start in life, especially those who are from poorer backgrounds.
“I hope these bursaries encourage students to consider working in early education.”
The scheme has been welcomed by David Pomfret, principal of the College of West Anglia, who said: “We have seen a significant increase in the number of young people taking childcare courses at the college in recent years and are about to launch a new range of work-based apprenticeships in early years to provide further opportunities.
“We welcome the minister’s announcement of the apprenticeship bursary scheme, which should enable more people to train for a career in this growth industry.”
To be eligible for the bursaries, applicants need to secure an apprenticeship position in a nursery and hold at least a grade C in GCSE English and maths.