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Council to recruit 20 Early Years Modern Apprentices during 2018/19

Copy of October 25, 2019

Council plan to recruit 20 Early Years' Modern Apprentices over the next 12 months

The Council is celebrating Scottish Modern Apprencticeship Week by announcing that 20 young people will get the chance to join its Early Years team on a new two-year Modern Apprenticeship programme.

Starting in August 2018, the successful recruits will work in an Early Years’ Centre/Class within North Ayrshire.  

The Education and Youth Employment directorate is seeking 20 motivated candidates with a passion for working with the children in our early years’ establishments, to ensure it can continue to deliver high quality provision.

Across Scotland, entitlement to fully funded Early Learning and Childcare (ELC) is due to increase from 600 hours to 1140 hours by 2020.

This means that all 3 and 4 year old children, and eligible 2 year olds, will be entitled to almost double their current provision.

North Ayrshire Council is drawing up plans to ensure it is ready to meet the demand.

From June 2018, the Council will advertise the Early Years’ vacancies along with a variety of other Modern Apprenticeships including Business Administration, Janitorial, Vehicle Maintainance; Waste Operatives; Horticulture; Cultural Services; Youth Work; Health & Social Care; Digital Marketing; Housing; Payroll; Customer Service; IT; Procurement and Professional Cookery.

Councillor Alex Gallagher, Cabinet Member for Economy, said: “Scottish Modern Apprenticeship provides us with an opportunity to highlight our aspiration of Developing Ayrshire’s Young Workforce and our highly successful Modern Apprentice programme is key to this.” 

He added: “The upcoming expansion of free early learning and childcare means the Council is looking to recruit 20 new Early Years Modern Apprentices over the next 12 months.

“The training and hands-on work experience we provide offers our local young people a great opportunity to start their careers and progress to the next level.”  

Rachel Hunter, Senior Early Years Practitioner and  Former Early Years Modern Apprentice with North Ayrshire Council, said: 

“I started my modern apprenticeship in October 2010. I've wanted to be a 'nursery nurse' for as long as I could remember but I didn't believe that I would be successful in applying at college or university. An apprenticeship seemed like the best way forward for me. I am a practical learner and enjoyed the aspect of working as opposed to studying in a classroom. 18 months on and a folder full of observations and assessments later and I had successfully qualified as an Early Years Practitioner.

“After I qualified I joined the bank list which allowed me to gain experience through a variety of Early Years’ classes and centres. I had my fair share of failed applications and interviews but eventually I was successful. I was offered a job working with two year-olds and I couldn't believe my luck. I started a month later and quickly got to work in applying for a university course for BA Childhood Practice at UWS.

“In August 2017, I was successful in securing the role of Senior Early Years Practitioner and I love my job more and more everyday”

Indeed, by 2020, it is hoped that the expansion will attract up to 11,000 new people across Scotland into the early learning and childcare profession.

A nationwide campaign is underway – Shape Their Worlds, Shape Your Career – which aims to encourage more school leavers to pursue a career in the early learning and childcare profession. For more information about a career in early learning and childcare, visit

For more information about the Council’s Modern Apprenticeship programme email or call 01294 324949.

All our Modern Apprenticeships are advertised on My Job Scotland

Posted on Monday 5th March 2018