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Former student is success story for apprenticeships

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: January 16, 2013

By HELEN KREFT

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A TEACHING assistant has told of a council apprenticeship scheme which held her gain employment.

Aamna Kamal, from Burton, is one of the more mature apprentices who has benefited from Staffordshire County Council’s programme and is now in full time employment with Anglesey Primary Academy.

She started her apprenticeship in September 2011 studying for the Level 2 Teaching Assistant. Based in a East Staffordshire School and working towards the council’s Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools apprenticeship programme, she supported children with a wide range of needs before going on to secure her full time Teaching Assistant role with the school.

She said: “I really enjoyed my 12 month apprenticeship. I loved working with young children, it’s a new experience each day, as every child is unique. My team at school, and my tutors also encouraged me and offered lots of guidance and support to help me gain my qualification.

“Doing an apprenticeship is an excellent option and benefits you in different ways, for example, you get on the job training, it can be less expensive as you get paid and you are more likely to secure a job at the end of it.”

Ben Adams, county council’s deputy leader, and cabinet member for employment and skills, said: “We are very proud of all our young apprentices and our apprenticeship programme which for the second year running has seen us being ranked as one of the top 100 apprentice employers in the country. Many of our apprentices also end up securing paid employment.”

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