The Argus: Apprenticeships week

City College Brighton and Hove is encouraging local childcare providers to consider taking on an apprentice.

The college has noticed an increased number of young people showing interest in childcare apprenticeships but insufficient numbers of available opportunities to meet the demand.

One local employer, the Dorothy Stringer Playgroup, has recently taken on an apprentice, Yaz Murphy, 17, and is encouraging others to follow suit.

“Yaz came to us on a Prince’s Trust placement and was fabulous with the children, so we were happy to offer her the chance of doing an apprenticeship and it’s working out really well,” said Lea Taylor, Early Years Practitioner at Dorothy Stringer Playgroup.

“I think it’s important to give young people an opportunity to do something they want to do.

“I think it’s a great idea for nurseries like ours to have enthusiastic young apprentices joining their staff, and I’d definitely recommend it to other childcare providers.”

Sarah Easy, City College’s sales advisor, added: “Yaz’s success at the playgroup and the fantastic relationship she has with the children exemplifies how local nurseries can benefit from supporting apprenticeships.

“We’re keen to hear from employers in this sector and can assure them that we have some excellent candidates looking for apprenticeship opportunities.

“It’s a major incentive that there are also employer grants available that help cover any additional costs that they might be concerned about.”

l If you’re an employer interested in taking on an apprentice, please call 01273 667756, email or see

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