National Apprenticeship Week 2016

16 March 2016


We are proud to employ three apprentices here at St Cuthbert's.  

Working with St Helens Council, we are committed to offering young people, aged between 16-19 years of age, living in St Helens, the opportunity through the Apprenticeship Programme, to gain paid work experience alongside a recognised qualification.

Head of School, Mrs Twist commented "We are delighted to be able to offer apprenticeship places at St Cuthbert's and give opportunities for work experience and training to young people at the beginning of their careers.  Our experience to date has been extremely positive and our apprentices are valuable members of our school community."

Each of our apprentices are assigned a Workplace Mentor and have regular reviews with the Workbased Learning Coordinator to support their progress throughout the programme.

Toni joined us in the autumn term in our busy administration office and very quickly proved to be a valued member of our team; popular with staff, students and parents alike. Mrs Ballinger, Toni's workplace mentor said "Toni has settled in well and has built good relationships with the administration team and whole school staff.  Toni undertakes all aspects of school administration willingly and is very helpful. She has attended courses arranged by school and completed the Business & Administration NVQ Level 2 with St Helens Chamber. Toni has become a valued member of the team."  Toni said "I am enjoying my time at St Cuthbert's.  I feel I have learnt a lot from my colleagues and I have gained experience and skills from being part of a successful, caring team".  

Matthew and Sam joined us in January; Matthew in design and technology as their apprentice technician and Sam as apprentice science technician.  

Ms Pennington, Senior Science Technician and workplace mentor to Sam stated "Sam has taken to his training very well and a valuable asset to the department." Sam said "I have learnt a lot from the Senior Science Technician and so far I couldn’t ask for a better apprenticeship.  I love it and I can’t wait to learn more about the role and develop my skills even further".

Mrs Finnigan, Curriculum Leader for DT and workplace mentor to Matthew said "Matthew has made a positive start and has settled in well.  He has made a positive contribution to the department and able to work independently.  Matthew said "I've been part of the apprenticeship scheme in the school for 2 months now and I work in the Design Department as a design technician and I love it. There is a good balance between learning and on the job experience which is mostly hands-on creating and fixing stuff for students and members of staff. Whilst doing the apprenticeship, I have developed many practical skills in woodwork, CAD, working with students and the use of different types of technologies such as Laser Cutting and 3D Printing, while alongside that I am developing skills in IT and English at St Helens Chamber to further improve myself further".

Mrs Ballinger who also coordinates the apprenticeship programme within school stated "The apprentice programme at St Cuthbert’s is proving to be a great success.  We have appointed an Apprentice Business and Administration Assistant and are currently piloting positive appointments to the newly created roles of Apprentice Design Technology Technician and Science Technician. Working alongside St Helens Council and St Helens Chamber the programme offers young people the chance to develop workplace skills and gain a qualification to assist them with attaining future employment."

The photograph shows (L-R) Head of School Mrs Twist, Toni, Matthew, Sam and Mrs Ballinger.


National Apprenticeship Week (NAW 2016) is co-ordinated by the National Apprenticeship Service and is designed to celebrate apprenticeships and the positive impact they have on individuals, businesses and the wider economy.