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Woodspeen Training working with Early Years settings to create highly trained workforce

Woodspeen Training announces free DBS and Paediatric First Aid courses for learners

Woodspeen Training is helping early years settings across England meet the unprecedented post Covid skills gaps by delivering funded skills and recruitment solutions. It is working closely with employers to recruit new talent to meet the staffing levels settings require to enable them to deliver the expanded childcare offer, effective from April 2024.  

With vacancies in early years settings up 146% on pre pandemic levels according to the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC), apprenticeships can be an effective way to recruit new team members into the sector. 

In the last six months, Woodspeen Training has recruited over 230 early years apprentices on behalf of school and nursery settings at level 2 and level 3. Our extensive network of specialist recruiters work side-by-side with employers to handpick candidates for roles. This service, free of charge, reduces the administrative burden that recruitment places on settings.

Young children interacting with early years worker

To further support early years settings, Woodspeen Training has confirmed from 1st March 2024 it will be offering free DBS checks for all new early years apprenticeships starts. FREE paediatric first aid courses for level 2 and level 3 learners will complement this offer and give settings the confidence and peace of mind that they are meeting the standards for the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS).

Claire Fairhurst, early years operations manager, said “We recruit people with direct industry experience. Meaning our learners are being taught by specialists that understand the importance of creating a fun and nurturing environment for children.”

“With their insight into the inner workings of early years settings, our skills tutors are perfectly placed to guide our learners through their apprenticeships. This can be seen with 100% of our early years learners passing their end-point assessment, and 70% of them achieving a distinction.” She continued. 

Children mark making with support from early years carers

Katie Manning, early years sector lead, said “Our learner recruitment team truly understand the challenges being faced by early years settings and what to look for in an applicant. 

“We work closely with our settings to get under the skin of their business and find the apprentice who is the right fit.” She continued. 

Woodspeen Training offers a range of early years apprenticeships between level 2 and level 5 that settings can use to train or upskill new and existing staff. Creating a sustainable pipeline of talented early years professionals. Read more about our early years courses. To access support from the specialist team at Woodspeen Training contact Katie Manning now. 

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