Bethany, Level 2 Early Years Practitioner Apprentice, took some time to give us some insight into her life as an apprentice.
Why an apprenticeship?
I chose to do an apprenticeship because I wanted to have the full training while still experiencing working with the children, instead of doing it at college or in education etc.
Tell me about your apprenticeship and what you love most about it?
So far, I have loved doing the apprenticeship as whole, but I’ve mainly enjoyed working with the children as well as through training in a more practical and hands on way.
What accomplishment are you most proud of and why?
I’m most proud of the fact of how far I’ve come in the parentship so far, from never working in a setting and only having a small experience with working with children, to working with them every day to help better them as well as myself.
In your opinion, what are the benefits of an apprenticeship?
Personally, I think the best part of the apprenticeship is how practical and hands on it is. I prefer to learn things in a more practical way rather than reading through textbooks, for example.
What skills have you developed during your time as an apprentice?
Through my apprenticeship, I’ve learnt to work on my communication skills and just be more confident in myself. Working with children makes your more communicative, whether that be talking to the children and the other members of staff too.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years? What are your future plans and aspirations?
In 10 years I hope to still be working with children and to hopefully move up in a nursery and become the manager of one or even have my own.
What advice would you give to someone considering an apprenticeship?
I would say to definitely go for it! You get so much training while working with everyone as well as expanding your knowledge even more.