The commitment from Realise has been welcomed by a host of nursery groups across the country.
Grandir UK continually places apprenticeships at the heart of its people strategy and is one of more than 1,000 nursery groups that currently work in partnership with Realise for its training apprenticeships.
Angela Southworth, Professional Development and Training Lead for Grandir UK, said: “The industry as a whole has been facing multiple, complex staffing challenges for some time now and they are set to increase with the additional number of children that will be eligible for government funded hours.
“At Grandir UK, we currently have more than 180 apprentices on programme. They are critical to our people strategy, which will attract new talent into the early years sector and also provide valuable career progression opportunities for our existing teams.
“We recognise that our considerable investment in our apprenticeship programmes provides an essential pipeline to grow our skilled and knowledgeable workforce.”