The Apprenticeship route has paid dividends for Lydia Foot who recently completed her Level 2 Apprenticeship in Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools with Quest Vocational Training.
Lydia was approached by her Head Teacher who suggested this route as part of her ongoing professional development at the infant school based in Bournemouth which is part of the Ocean Academy Trust.
Lydia said: “I was thrilled to have been put forward for an Apprenticeship, being able to study a qualification alongside working in a job I love was exactly what I’d hoped for. The support I received from my Trainer Assessor was invaluable. Now that I have completed my Level 2 Apprenticeship, I have enrolled onto my Foundation Degree in Early Years where my time is split between my placement at St Clement’s & St Johns Infant School, where I currently work as a Teaching Assistant and attending College one day a week.”
“My future goal is to complete an Early Childhood Degree (BA Hons). I am focussed on a career working in childcare & education. Training with Quest gave me the knowledge I needed to succeed and the confidence I needed to pursue my goals.”
Sharon Bland, Trainer-Assessor for Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools agreed: “I think Lydia’s success is well-deserved. Lydia is very ambitious and has proved that Apprenticeships can also be a stepping stone to a life-long career. Lydia gained a really good grounding in the teaching and learning sector whilst she was doing her Apprenticeship, she learnt so much. She then realised during this time that working in Early Years was something she wanted to do long-term and researched her options after completing her Apprenticeship with Quest. I wish her every success.”
Lydia continues: “I have so many options going down this route either working as an Early Years Educator or a Social Worker but I’m waiting to get a little further into my foundation degree before I decide.”