Busy Bees Training Academy Launches National Apprenticeship Challenge to Celebrate National Apprenticeship Week

Busy Bees Training Academy, part of the largest provider of childcare in the UK, Busy Bees, will be challenging childcare apprentices in Busy Bees nurseries across the UK to take part in a week-long national competition between 14th and 18th March in celebration of National Apprenticeship Week.

Childcare apprentices in Busy Bees nurseries across the country will be able to take part in a whole host of challenges as part of ‘The Apprenticeship Week Challenge’.

The training provider will be asking the next generation of talented childcare and catering professionals to showcase their skills in tasks ranging from choreographing a dance routine with the children to cooking traditional Irish snacks. The entries will then be shared by Busy Bees Training Academy on Twitter, along with the hashtag #NAWCompetition.

All challenges are designed to promote all areas of the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) framework, and showcase exactly why apprentices and childcare teams are so important to families across the country.

Each day a winning entry will be announced throughout the week, and the winning apprentice will win themselves and their team a luxury chocolate hamper.

Training Manager at Busy Bees Training, Fay Gibbin, explained the importance of National Apprenticeship Week:

“National Apprenticeship Week is one of the most important weeks of the year for us and each year we aim to celebrate by showcasing the incredible talent within the childcare industry, not just at Busy Bees nurseries, but within the sector as a whole.

“Childcare apprentices do amazing work in nurseries every day and we are using our NAW competition as a way of demonstrating the remarkable level of care, attentiveness and enjoyment that they demonstrate in their roles.

“We consider our team of dedicated professionals our biggest asset, and investing in their future to ensure we continue to inspire young minds and deliver quality childcare, not just in Busy Bees nurseries but in nurseries across the UK, is vital.”

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.
Fay concludes:

“National Apprenticeship Week highlights not only the importance of apprentices in our nurseries, but across businesses and the wider economy in the UK, as well as in the personal and career development of individuals. In an era where worryingly 58.8% of graduates are in non-graduate jobs with an average exit debt from university of £44,000, employers need to become more aware of the benefits that an apprentice can bring to their business: often an equal, if not greater, benefit than a graduate fresh out of university. We are advocates for ending ‘apprenticeship snobbery’ and we firmly believe that apprenticeships should be given the credibility that they deserve in order for young people to begin exploring other educational avenues than university tuition which, in the long term, may not even be needed for them to flourish in their chosen career.”

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