It's National Apprenticeship Week until Friday (10 March) and to find out more about the county council's adult learning service supports apprentices and employers, visit http://www.leicestershire.gov.uk/apprenticeships-in-leicestershire
We’re encouraging people during this awareness week to find out more about the benefits of employing an apprentice, including how they can be supported around funding, recruitment and training.Person:Richard Blunt, the county council's cabinet member for adult learning
One example of an adult learner 'making a difference' to an employer is Calum Roche, a supporting teacher and learning level three apprentice at The Meadows Community Primary School, Wigston.
Calum said: "I’ve thoroughly enjoyed every minute of my apprenticeship and the ongoing support from my adult learning tutor and assessor has been phenomenal. I've had clear plans and guidance which means there's never been a point where I've felt unsure about my work.
"It's helped my confidence to grow, my skill set is developing and I would highly recommend my course to anyone who is looking to get into education. It's opened up a lot of doors for me."
The Meadows School says it has too benefited from the apprenticeship scheme. Head teacher Kathryn McGovern said: "It has made such a difference to our school as employing apprentices of all ages and background has added diversity and new skills to our staff group.
"The quality of mentoring and support is superb and all of our apprentices, when qualified, have gone on to secure posts at our school."