Solution launched to nursery staff shortage in Devon and Cornwall


More than 100 new nursery workers are set to be created across Devon and Cornwall after a free Skills Bootcamps training programme to help people move into a career in early years was launched.

Devon and Cornwall among the first to be selected

Devon and Cornwall are amongst the first locations in England to be selected for the training course after the counties were identified as having a particular demand for new recruits to the sector.

The courses will run between now and the end of the year, creating 70 new recruits to the sector in Devon and a further 33 in Cornwall.

“For the learner, it’s the chance to take the first steps to forging a new career and for nursery settings, it’s an opportunity to bring new talent to their team.”

Karen Derbyshire, Operations Director at Realise

Open to all: Free training and guaranteed job opportunities

Skills Bootcamps are open to anyone aged over 19. They are free of charge to those individuals not currently employed in early years, and are designed to offer flexible training, providing the opportunity to build up sector-specific skills.

Individuals who complete the Skills Bootcamps will be guaranteed an interview for a job with a local nursery and will automatically be eligible to begin a level 3 apprenticeship when they secure employment.

Benefits for both learners and nurseries

Karen Derbyshire, Operations Director for early years here at Realise, said: “With the number of children eligible for free childcare set to grow substantially in the next 18 months, it’s more important than ever to not only attract new people to the industry but to get them progressing through appropriate training.

“The need for more nursery practitioners in the area and we are delighted to be supporting that programme.

“The Skills Bootcamps are a real opportunity for people who are currently unemployed, in another job but looking for a new career or people who have worked in early years previously and are now looking to return to the sector.”

Access to career support and DBS checks

As well as securing a guaranteed interview, those completing the Skills Bootcamps will also have access to career coaches while the process of receiving enhanced DBS checks will begin during the training.

Skills Bootcamps can be accessed by those working in early years who have not yet secure a level 2 apprenticeship, although the employer must contribute 10% – 30% depending on the size of their organisation.

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