"I work in a small community based pre-school with children aged 2-5 years, I undertake duties using the key worker approach – working with a dedicated group to assess, plan and evaluate developmental needs.
Before I started college I found it difficult to concentrate and my experience from school left me feeling a bit empty. I never believed that I would be able to achieve the level that I have, let alone secure and maintain such a responsible job. My confidence has grown and I happily bestow the virtues of work based learning and Apprenticeships to younger students.
I would never have undertaken qualifications in Maths and English after leaving school, as I believed I just "couldn't do it", however my assessor and tutor encouraged me to stick with it and I was determined to pay their loyalty back. I continued to come into college even after all other components of my framework were complete so that I could achieve my Maths level 2. I was so proud when my results showed a pass. My ambition to one day run my own nursery is no longer a dream.
My greatest personal achievement is completing something I started. The apprenticeship and advanced apprenticeship programmes showed me that I am a practical and visual learner, someone who needs to be able to do things to understand. I never knew this before. It also taught me that if someone has faith in you, then listen, I did and look at me now!!"