Employer Experiences

Employer:  Two Gates Community Primary School
Date:  November 2016

Our Skills Entrust Coach has worked with me on the training of the apprentices in Early Years.  In this time I have found her very professional and hard-working. She always keeps me informed of how the trainees are performing in their theory work, alongside their practical work.  I always find the trainees are up-to-date on their understanding of Early Years, and our Entrust Skills Coach has taught them to put theory into practice.

The Entrust Skills Coach makes sure that the apprentices are keeping up-to-date with assignments and co-ordinates with me to see what help and support they need. She has at times had to deal with trainees that needed a lot of support and encouragement to continue their training and has dealt with this in a supportive and professional manner.

I find The Entrust Skills Coach extremely proficient in her role and she has supported us well at Two Gates.  We have taken all the apprentices that she has trained as members of staff, because of their extensive training.

I find the service she gives us is excellent.

Sue Watts
Assistant Headteacher

Employer Interview

Employer:  Hollies Pupil Referral Unit

Q:  Describe your apprentice’s role at work

A:  The role can often mean that they are needed to take small groups or individual pupils who need extra support in an area, such as literacy or numeracy, out of a class. This can also include work with children with special educational needs (SEN).As a teaching assistant they may also help teachers prepare for lessons by preparing resources, or putting out equipment at the start of a lesson. Teaching assistants are not qualified teachers, and so are led and guided by teachers. They can support staff on trips/visits etc.

Q:  How do you feel that the apprentice has impacted on your organisation?

A:  Extremely positive impact as Vicki (our apprentice) has demonstrated that she able to support in academic lessons but also take pupils on our enrichment activities. Vicki has contributed to the school website; she has helped with displays around the school. She has regular contact with our parents and carers of all of our pupils. Vicki has demonstrated her professionalism by representing the Hollies in a meeting about a pupil returning to a mainstream school.

She has also set up the Supporting Schools Project within our school and has regular contact with the local authority, Entrust, police, and other multi agencies’. She has organised assemblies and training within the school to staff in relation to this programme. She contributes to staff meetings, she establishes good relationships with all of our pupils and she is a solid member of our team.  

Q:  What did you think about the support and training provided by Entrust?

A:  Excellent support and training throughout her course with Entrust.

Q:  What support were you able to put in place as an employer to help the apprentice achieve?

A:  Vicki has been assigned a mentor/line manager who has regular meetings to discuss her role at the Hollies.

Sonia Lockett
Acting Headteacher


Work Experience

Work experience is an opportunity to introduce young people to the reality of working life within a willing organisation.  It also provides the opportunity for individuals to gain an insight into different employment sectors.

Entrust seeks employers who are able to offer work experience opportunities for learners of all ages.  Entrust works with Staffordshire schools to identify employers who would be willing to support their learners to achieve a valuable learning experience.

Benefits for employers

Offering work experience can bring a number of benefits to you as an employer:

Raise your profile – being known as a business that offers work experience opportunities will raise the profile and appeal of your business and sector.  Learners will gain a real insight of working within your sector.

Improve staff retention – investing in people brings commitment and loyalty, which means they are more likely to stay with the business which helps maintain productivity and reduce recruitment costs.

Grow your own talent – get access to the up and coming talent of the future.  From work experience, learners can progress to apprenticeship opportunities within your organisation.

Develop employees – developing your employees by involving them in the placement  can help employees feel motivated and loyal to the business.

Achieve new perspective and ideas – an external view can often bring fresh ideas and approaches which may open up new and emerging markets for the business.
"I couldn’t have asked for any more and I am extremely excited to be progressing to the Level 3 advanced apprenticeship with Entrust in the autumn. "

Sophie Sutton - WM Primary School, Tamworth