This years theme for National Apprenticeship Week is apprenticeships work. Find out how a childcare apprenticeship worked for Lauren Keeble from Tops Day Nurseries in Corfe Mullen.
Before I started my training with Aspire Training Team, I was completing my GCSE’s at school.
I contacted Aspire because I was interested in starting a level 1 course in childcare. It took me 6 months to complete this and I got some great work experience in the nursery, working with children of different age groups. The course definitely prepared me for what I should expect within an apprenticeship and I would recommend any school leaver to look into a level 1 course.
I was then ready to start my apprenticeship, where I began working towards my level 2 and 3 childcare qualifications.
I enjoyed my time as an apprentice because I was learning something new every day. I felt like I was progressing in my role and knew I had my own responsibilities, everything I was learning things I could put into practice in the nursery.
Completing my training and receiving training from Aspire benefited me and my progression in my career as it helped me complete all my course work and it increased my knowledge to improve as a practitioner.
I found my training to be well organised and full of in-depth information. They sometimes involve a lot of group discussions and activities which I enjoyed.
Apprenticeships definitely work in my opinion. I was placed at Tops Day Nurseries in Corfe Mullen by Aspire as a level 1 childcare student and now 4 years later I am the manager of the preschool room.
I would recommend doing an apprenticeship to anyone. I found it the most enjoyable way to gain a qualification and earn money at the same time.