Classroom Apprentices Land Jobs At Their Former School

By published 3 March, 2014 No Comments

Classroom assistants Jordan and Mark are singing the praises of Apprenticeships after landing permanent jobs at their former primary school.


Mark Bailey and Jordan Jackson-Bailey, both 22, were the first ever apprentices to be employed by Chaloner Primary School in Guisborough, but both were such a success they have been made full-time employees.

Headteacher Angela Hull was so impressed by their hard work and commitment, she agreed to make them permanent members of staff in February this year after they had completed the first year of their Apprenticeship Level 2 Supporting Teaching and Learning course at Redcar & Cleveland College.

The former Laurence Jackson School pupils are both now Teaching Assistants and are signed up to complete the Level 3 course at the college from September.

Mark, from Guisborough, hopes to continue his studies with the aim of one day becoming a teacher.

He said: “I have always wanted to be a teacher, but university wasn’t really for me, so the Apprenticeship was an excellent opportunity to start my career in a classroom.

“Being taken on permanently is the perfect outcome from my Apprenticeship. It’s wonderful actually working in the school where I attended as a child.

“I had great memories of coming here, so it’s really nice to be a part of the school again. Hopefully, I can help create some great memories for our pupils now.”

Jordan, also from Guisborough, was a trained gardener but found himself out of work. He discovered a new love of working with children after volunteering to help out at his old school.

Jordan praised The Job Centre for providing him with guidance on becoming an apprentice.

He said: “I love coming to work every day and particularly like working with the little ones in Foundation Stage. Knowing you are a role model is really rewarding.

“The course at Redcar & Cleveland College was fantastic because everything we learned was relevant and we have been able to apply it in the classroom, such as Health and Safety and child, behavioural and social development. We can’t wait to start on the Level 3 course.”

Angela said she was thrilled to be able to offer both men permanent posts.

She said: “This is the first time that I have employed apprentices, but it’s been a great experience. It has shown me that if you have the right candidates, there is no reason why Apprenticeships can’t work well in schools.

“Mark and Jordan are excellent members of the team and have a natural ability with children, so I was more than happy to take them on permanently. They have each brought something special to their classrooms

“It’s lovely to have former pupils working here too. They have come full circle.”

Lisa Bone, an Assessor at Redcar & Cleveland College, wished both young men well.

She said: “It’s great to see Mark and Jordan being rewarded for their commitment during the past year.

“Apprenticeships are a great way for young people to gain valuable work experience, obtain qualifications and earn a wage. Mark and Jordan can continue to build on their successful first year by progressing to the Level 3 qualification and then doing Higher Education courses, including degrees.

“It’s lovely to see a school hiring apprentices. We would really like to see more schools taking up the opportunity to employ young people in this way.”

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