Thursday 5 July 2012 0:00
17-year-old Jessica Lambe has thrived since embarking on her first choice career in childcare as an apprentice in Blackpool – a course delivered through leading national training provider Intraining.
Gemma Green, 23, Jessica’s manager at Meadow Kindergarten was an apprentice too and is now taking a parental practice degree alongside her day job.
Gemma said: “Doing an Apprenticeship worked well for me because it provided me with the opportunity to gain practical skills in the work place.
“I felt this greatly helped my development and I think Jessica is having a similar positive experience.”
Jessica, from Thornton-Cleveleys and a former pupil at Montgomery High School in Bispham, said: “I always wanted a career in childcare, so I am absolutely delighted to have achieved that goal after applying for the childcare Apprenticeship at Meadow Kindergarten.
“The children are aged between three and eight so there is quite a large difference in how you approach each individual. It’s a challenge but rewarding and I love it.
“Now I just need to make sure that I achieve my NVQ Level 2 qualification so I can progress to Level 3, prove myself and progress.”
Jessica explained doing the job definitely helped with the theory side of the qualification and highlighted the way to get the best from the children.
“Some of it is common sense but it’s good to have a few pointers so you know you’re doing the right thing, planning is so important,” she said.
“My Intraining assessor comes once a month and observes me in different situations for a few hours to ensure progress and that goals set are achievable. I’m looking to complete my NVQ as soon as possible and eventually become a kindergarten manager like Gemma.”
Gemma is confident that, based on Jessica’s performance in the role since starting in June last year, she has made the right career choice.
Gemma said: “Jessica has been dedicated and applied herself very effectively to her work, both as part of her NVQ qualification provided through Intraining and as part of her wider role at Meadow Kindergarten, where she has shown real promise and a natural teaching ability and empathy with the children here.”
Jessica receives a visit once a month from her Intraining assessor Helen Taylor, she said: “We try to provide support so that apprentices like Jessica can really achieve in their role and at the same time maintain enough momentum outside the workplace to cope with the theory elements. If she carries on as she has started she has a bright future in childcare.”