After launching our Level 3 Teaching Assistant apprenticeship a few months ago, we have caught up with Charlotte Barton, MD at Progress Schools – a national alternative provision (AP) provider, to hear her experiences to date of working with us to train their newest recruits.
Q: What made you choose the apprenticeship route to train your staff?
“As an alternative provision provider, we operate in a niche market. Our learning stretches far beyond academics. We deliver a 360-degree, holistic approach to educating some of the most vulnerable young people. Our Teaching Assistants and Pastoral Mentors are crucial to this, so it was really important to us that their professional development equipped them with the knowledge and skills needed to best support our students.
“CSS are training and education specialists, so I knew they would deliver a fantastic service which was built around our needs as an employer to deliver a tailored training programme for our support staff via an apprenticeship.”