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Since 2006 Liskeard School and Community College has been employing apprentices, in particular employing students leaving from their sixth form. Not only does this help retain students but it also provides career opportunities within the local area. In the last couple of years alone six apprentices have been recruited in departments including Finance, Arts, IT and Science.

Paul Taylor, Business Manager said: "We find this is a great alternative for students when they are looking at what to do after sixth form. It also provides staffing solutions for temporary positions and enables us to be more flexible. Our plan is for apprentices to continue to be part of our recruitment strategy for the foreseeable future."

The school has found offering these apprenticeships provides many benefits to the students. It provides opportunities to learn interview techniques and gain the experience of having interviews, as well as helping to make the transition easier from student to employee. Apprentices are able to access a large work environment with a variety of facilities and resources. In addition it provides some thinking time for students as they consider what their next steps should be; if working in a school is right for them, and if not, the apprenticeship provides a platform to hear about other career opportunities via local contacts.

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