Q&A with Maryke Smith – National Apprenticeship Week 2019

As part of National Apprenticeship Week, some of our current learners took part in a Q&A to share their experiences of studying with Aspire Training Team.

Maryke Smith is a Keyworker at Bourne Valley Nursery, working towards her level 3 qualification.

Can you introduce your company, what is your role?

Bourne Valley Nursery is one of five nurseries in the Bourne Valley Nursery Group, I am a key worker for the children who attend.


Why did you decide to do an apprenticeship with Aspire Training Team?

When I was given literature to research training providers, I was drawn to the company’s name, ‘ASPIRE’, as I was aspiring to be a good early years practitioner, and was looking to further my studies. When I contacted the company, they were really helpful, guiding me through every step and process to where I am now, currently doing my Level 3 in childcare.


What do you plan to do after your apprenticeship?

To continue my work as a Key Worker in my setting as the best early years practitioner I can be.


What are the benefits of being an apprentice?

To continuously seek to improve your practice as everything keeps changing.


What advice would you give others thinking about doing an apprenticeship/training with Aspire?

I would definitely recommend it, as I have done with my setting and now we are 3 enrolled apprentices with Aspire, not just myself.


To find out more about an advanced early years apprenticeship, please click here. To view our current vacancies, please click here and select ‘apprenticeships’.

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