Kids Allowed to open an academy
Kids Allowed is delighted to launch our new Training Academy opening this September.
The academy will combine studying for a recognised childcare qualification with a full time paid job, providing apprentices with valuable work experience and lots of opportunity for career growth.
Our aim is to find talented people from the North West who are as passionate about childcare as we are and who are committed to delivering high quality childcare by ‘making children happy’.
We are offering thirty-six apprentices a place for 2012/13 who will be taken on as full-time employees once training has been completed. Apprentices will work four days a week with one day in the academy to train for Level 2 or 3 childcare qualifications.
Chief executive Jennie Johnson said: ‘The thinking behind it is quite simple. We’re finding out that whether we have Level 2 or Level 3 staff coming in, there is a large skills gap, which surprises us. But when I’ve spoken to other nursery owners they feel the same.’
‘We find that we’re having to invest in additional training to get people up to the Kids Allowed standard. We feel that there isn’t enough practical, hands-on, deep learning in NVQ2 Level 2 and 3.’
The academy will open in September with work in placements across all four of our centres.
Trainees will undertake Level 2 or Level 3 training as appropriate, with the expectation that those at Level 2 will progress through the academy to Level 3.
Jennie added, ‘Rather than continuing to put so much effort into training people who already had their qualifications on paper, we have decided to take matters into our own hands and train people to be the very best through our own academy.
‘The academy enables us to mould our own colleagues into inspiring and motivated childcare practitioners who put the children at the centre of their work.’