Victoria Roberts is currently working towards gaining her Level 3 qualification to Early Years Education, and gave us some insight into what it’s like to study as an apprentice!
Why an apprenticeship?
Because I want the qualification. It is good to earn and learn at the same time.
Tell me about your apprenticeship and what you love most about it?
I love being able to work with the children, have my own key children and work closely with my assessor. I enjoy gaining experience whilst learning at the same time.
What accomplishment are you most proud of and why?
Completing my Level 2 Early Years practitioner. I have already achieved a level 2 apprenticeship position to enable me to progress on the Level 3. I have also achieved my Schematic play training.
In your opinion, what are the benefits of an apprenticeship?
- Earning a wage and learning at the same time.
- Gaining the practical experience of the sector.
- Not having to go to college.
- Building on my personal skills and professional development.
What skills have you developed during your time as an apprentice?
- Supporting the children’s personal and physical care routines.
- How to support children’s development.
- Completing the assessment and planning cycle.
- Completing records to maintain health and safety and learning how to work with others as part of a team.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years? What are your future plans and aspirations?
Carrying on my role in the Early Years sector, continue to work my way up through my role and progress within my personal development.
What advice would you give to someone considering an apprenticeship?
It is a great alternative to college. You gain the experience a lot quicker and pick up on the skills required. It is a good way to progress within your professional role