Heatherley Primary School have recruited their first apprentice through Vision Apprentices

Heatherley Primary School - cropIf you’re thinking about taking on an apprentice in your organisation, or even if you’re thinking of becoming an apprentice, then take a look at Heatherley Primary school’s success story. The recruitment process has been “seamless” said head teacher Diane Speed, and apprentice Laura says the experience has been “really easy and supportive.”

Lets take a look at how their story began:

Heatherley Primary School (based in Forest Town, Mansfield) first decided to take on an apprentice because Head Teacher, Diane Speed thought her school would “benefit” from doing so.

Vision Apprentices met with the school to discuss their needs. A dedicated placement officer was then assigned to the case, who “took over, and left me to concentrate on my busy role” noted Diane, “I gave them full rein to recruit using their tried and tested methods, however, I was kept updated regularly.”

The recruitment process started by agreeing a job description, which was then advertised online on the school’s behalf. Potential candidates were then shortlisted by Vision Apprentices using telephone interviews, and maths and English assessments – after this stage, Diane was given the profiles of the shortlisted applicants. Diane said: “I decided which of the candidates I wanted to meet and was very happy with the high standard of candidates.”

The next step was to invite the selected candidates in for an assessment day – during the day, candidates were asked to carry out tasks and activities, so the interview panel (which was made up of the primary school staff) could see how they performed.

After activities had come to an end, formal interviews took place. “I was very happy with the organisation and the processes that were in place, especially the telephone interview stage and the assessments … I felt it was a very rigorous selection process” said Diane. Throughout the whole process “the only difficulty we had was choosing who to offer the position to – the standard was so high. In fact, we weren’t able to choose.”

Vision Apprentices suggested the school should consider inviting their favourite applicants into the school for work experience – giving the candidates a chance to interact with the children and allowing Diane to see who was best suited for the job.

Once work trials had taken place, it was decided that the successful applicant would be Laura Rowe, who said: “I was very excited when I was asked to go in to the school for the work trial and I found the application process really easy – I felt supported throughout.”

Because of this experience, Laura would “recommend apprenticeships and Vision Apprentices to everyone.” Laura has been in post for a while now and “absolutely loves it,” she comments that when the call came through to say she had been successful, she was “over the moon.”

Diane added: “I would fully recommend the process to anyone considering recruiting an apprentice. The whole process…has been seamless.”


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