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I've said it before, and I'll say it again...apprenticeships offer huge benefits to both employers and apprentices.

Being designed and delivered by employers and educators collaboratively means apprentices learn the skills employers need while gaining a work-based qualification that can significantly improve their future earning power and career prospects.

One fantastic example of apprenticeships reaping real rewards is at Spalding Primary School.

We've worked with the school for six years, supporting all its staff training, including recruiting apprentices.

We enjoy an excellent working relationship and our partnership has seen a 100 percent qualification success rate.

Instead of me explaining more, let's hear what Matthew Cooling, Business Manager at Spalding Primary School, has to say:

'Spalding Primary School has worked alongside Riverside Training since September 2012, when we employed our first apprentice. We have taken on a number of apprentices each year since and supported them through their learning. 

'All our apprentices are initially enrolled on the CACHE Level 3 Teaching and Learning in Schools. Some have then gone onto study further qualifications like the CACHE Level 3 Award in Supporting Children and Young People’s Speech, Language and Communication. We are hoping to develop their skills even further with the new Level 4 Certificate for the Advanced Practitioner in Schools and Colleges. One previous apprentice has even started his teaching degree.

'There are many benefits to becoming an apprentice. At our school they normally spend the first few days shadowing an experienced Teaching Assistant, slowly taking on extra responsibilities as their confidence grows. This can involve making resources to be used in lessons, creating displays, supporting intervention groups or the class as a whole. No two days are ever the same. Students develop their skills by transferring to other year groups during their training or by supporting a child with additional needs. This experience can prove invaluable when the apprentice is applying for permanent positions after completing their training. Also, as an apprentice is a paid employee, there is less likelihood of student debt compared to students on college/university courses.

'Our school also benefits in a number of ways. Teachers are able to concentrate on their teaching more knowing that individual groups are going to be supported and encouraged in individual tasks. This reinforces children's learning. As their skills develop, apprentices may be able to focus on their interests – for example PE or ICT – which encourages better working relationships with pupils as they may have similar interests.

'We have found the support provided by Riverside Training to motivate our apprentices is second to none. Expectations are clearly set out at the start of the course so all apprentices know what is expected of them. Off-the-job learning also reinforces what the apprentices learn in the classroom. A structured programme keeps them on task to ensure they complete within the specified period. Additional support is always provided for students if the need should arise. 

'I would have no hesitation in recommending Riverside Training as a training provider.'

I'm very grateful to Matthew for sharing the school's experiences and look forward to continuing our training and apprenticeship success story.

Riverside Training offers a wide range of Apprenticeships and Advanced Apprenticeships including Childcare, Supporting Teaching & Learning in Schools, Health & Social Care, Business Administration, Customer Service, and Management.

For more information visit the dedicated Apprenticeships page on our website at or by calling us on 01775 710945.