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Posted 09 March 2016

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Chloe's experience as an apprentice

This blog from Chloe talks about what she has learnt so far during her time as an apprentice at Winterton Junior School.

"During my time as an apprentice at Winterton Junior School I have really enjoyed getting to know the staff and all the children. The day is never the same, there is always something different going on and always plenty of work to do. I have gained new skills as well as improving old skills that I already had. I have now gained skills in safeguarding children, SIMS which is a computer program the school uses, sQuid dinner money system for school dinners and also assist in running the school bank with the Business Manager once a week. Throughout the apprenticeship I will also be going on courses for First Aid and TeamTeach.

"A normal working day for me begins with collecting and marking down the attendance of the children within the school using the SIMS programme. We then count up how many children are having a hot dinner, pack up or going home for lunch. After this it is general office duties, typing letters, photocopying, dealing with suppliers, taking in and unpacking orders. I am then in the dinner hall at lunch time with children using the sQuid System, I have to mark each child down as they collect their dinner. After this I have to do an end of day report to show me how many pupils have had a free school meal or have paid for their lunch.

"The afternoon is usually getting prepared for the next day, handing out registers and giving out letters for children to take home.

"I would recommend people do an apprenticeship as it is a great way of learning new skills while you are working and earning at the same time. Working here has gone above my expectations, not only am I enjoying it I feel like I have been working here for ever.

"I think businesses should take on apprentices as it’s a great way of support for young people who are just coming out of school. Not only are they gaining an employee they have them there to train them up to how they want to, given them the skills they need in the work place."

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