Busy Bees Academy new office launch event 28 - Jan - 2015

VIPs join us in celebrating the launch of our brand new office equipped to meet the growing demand for Early Years Apprenticeships and short-courses

With VIP guests; Chairman of Lichfield District Council, Councillor David Smith, Chairman of Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire Local Enterprise Partnership, David Frost, and Employer and Delivery Services Adviser for the Skills Funding Agency, Toni Moore

This week VIPs joined a selection of our Busy Bees Training team, apprentices and learners to celebrate the launch of our new office in Shenstone. This expansion is our response to the pressing need for more quality on-the-job learning in the childcare sector.



After uplifting speeches from Busy Bees HR and Training Director Clare Phizacklea and Training Manager Fay Gibbin, Councillor David Smith, Chairman of Lichfield District Council, and David Frost, Chairman of Stoke On Trent and Staffordshire Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) praised and toasted the company for its passion and commitment to upskilling and empowering its workforce before cutting the ribbon and declaring the celebratory buffet lunch open.

Busy Bees Training apprenticeships have enabled over 800 apprentices to gain invaluable experience and progress their individual careers within Busy Bees’ nurseries as well as other departments within the company such as Training, Childcare support and National Support Centre. Recognising a gap in vocational learning, we developed a catering apprenticeship programme last year with a focus on Early Years’ nutrition. This year we will be offering even more Early Years Apprenticeship programmes and short courses to its own nursery staff and these programmes will be extended to external nursery teams in a bid to help smaller, independent nursery providers cultivate a Busy Bees-influenced strong, experienced workforce.

Learners present at the launch included Nursery Assistant Manager Cathy Mclay, who has completed level 3 in Management and Leadership and Sam Slack, a Nursery Assistant Room Manager who is currently undertaking level 3 in Children and Young Peoples Workforce Apprenticeship, as well as a group of learners undertaking a Busy Bees bespoke first aid short course.

Cathy Mclay commented:

“Since joining Busy Bees I have had an incredible learning experience and have progressed to Assistant Manager. Through encouragement and support my confidence and expertise has flourished and I now am in the privileged position to nurture my own team of staff and share my own experiences. The Management and Leadership course has taught me how to implement business skills in order to help run a successful nursery and develop a passionate nursery team. I started as a childcare practitioner because I loved children and wanted to be instrumental in giving them the very best start in life. Thanks to Busy Bees I now have many skills that can help to achieve my professional goals.”

David Frost was delighted to hear about our plans to meet the demands for quality, credible childcare training in the area and across the UK, and stated:

“I’m so pleased to be here today to congratulate the people who are working hard behind the scenes here at Busy Bees to ensure South Staffs is on the map as an area showing such commitment to training the future workforce of this country. LEP has identified the growth of skills in Staffordshire as a vital contributory factor in creating more jobs, better pay and an increasingly skilled workforce.”

Councillor David Smith acknowledged:

“I’m delighted to be here today. My career in Lichfield Council has run parallel to the rise of Busy Bees and I have had the pleasure of meeting various members of the company throughout the year.

“To see a company based in the Lichfield district expand across the whole of the UK and now overseas is very exciting, and I join the great and the good of Staffordshire in congratulating Busy Bees for providing such incredible career opportunities for our talented young workforce, supported by such an inspirational training department. I wish them the very best of luck for the future.”

John Myers Head of Employer Services for the National Apprenticeship Service in Staffordshire said “Busy Bees is an established and growing company that place great emphasis on investing in their people through Apprenticeships and Traineeships. This investment in people has been key to their success and sets an example for other businesses to follow.”

Our Training Manager Fay Gibbin is looking forward to a great year ahead and concluded:

“We firmly believe that training aspiring childcare professionals in-house, where they gain hands-on experience and have a skilled team of qualified practitioners at hand to support them, is vital in creating a well-round, skilled workforce.

“With funding obtained directly from the Skills Funding Agency, Busy Bees Training is in a unique position to offer training to a growing number of school leavers as well as those returning to work.

“By launching Busy Bees Training and expanding our apprenticeship offering, we are also providing independent settings with the support, experience and stability needed to transform school leavers into well-rounded and qualified members of staff. We’re also helping them to upskill existing employees, which promotes staff retention, enhances morale and ultimately creates sustainable businesses.

“Busy Bees is committed to delivering exceptional care to over 30,000 families across the country. The level of care is largely down to the quality of staff employed and the robust and extensive training available to each and every childcare practitioner. We’re really looking forward to creating a multitude of opportunities for those who are looking for an enjoyable, interesting and prosperous career in childcare.”

For more information about the launch, apprenticeships, GCSE Maths and English and a plethora of short courses available, please contact us on 01543 711 150.