Break the trend: Meet our apprenticeship champion Courtney Smith

“Last year I Sat My GCSES, this Year I’m…”

“Working at The Cabin at Barn Park Nursery as an Apprentice. I’m the eldest of seven children, so I have a bit of Child Care experience! When it came to school and GCSEs I found the exam process really stressful but I still signed up for 6th form as I wasn’t really sure what else to do. My mum and I had a chat about what I would get out of A Levels and we both agreed it would be more exams and stress without much experience. I already knew that I would like to work with children and eventually specialise in SEN.

My Aunt had told me about Skills Group, so we googled for a course in Child Care and soon after I started my programme at Skills Group. Since then I have achieved my Level 2 Certificate in Progression, a Safeguarding Unit, the Level 2 CACHE Award in Child Development and Care and Level 3 Paediatric First Aid as well as securing my apprenticeship placement which I started in February. I really love the independence I now have. Almost a year on since finishing school, I am earning my own salary, saving for driving lessons – all whilst doing a job that I love.”

Courtney was awarded an accolade for completing the most additional online training set by her employer throughout May, this was out of 3 nurseries. Well done Courtney, you are a fantastic apprenticeship ambassador.