Success Stories: Yasmin Smith, Level 2 Child Care

Yasmin knew she wanted to work at Little Ones Child Care in Budlake – her own childhood nursery. “Little Ones has a good reputation and I have great memories here. So I did some work experience at the nursery and then decided I wanted to do an apprenticeship. It’s nice being back. Some of the staff are even still here who used to look after me and my brother!”

Yasmin is working towards a Level 2 Apprenticeship in Child Care. Her daily routine involves setting out the play rooms, safeguarding, and plenty of time interacting with the children who clearly love spending time with her. Through learning on the job, Yasmin also now knows how to identify children’s behaviours and how best to react.

“I had the chance to go to college and sit in a classroom to study, but I wanted to do an apprenticeship as they provide real working experience and the chance to spend time every day with the children. Through the apprenticeship, I’ve discovered that every child is different”.

Yasmin hasn’t been daunted by working full-time at the nursery, and still fits in time for friends and her other passion – competitive, county level swimming for Somerset. Yasmin trains twice a week and is even hoping to progress to nationals. With the money she earns from the apprenticeship, Yasmin can now pay for herself instead of asking her parents for pocket money and is also saving up to learn how to drive.

“In the future, I’d like to stay at Little Ones and progress onto a Level 3 Apprenticeship. I always wanted to become a nanny, but I’ve now decided I prefer being in a nursery as there are always other people around to support you.

I’d say go for an apprenticeship if you want plenty of hands-on experience. I have no regrets about doing one and am happy getting practical experience, my qualifications and spending time with the children!”

I just wanted to say the biggest thank you to Vanessa, my trainer. You have made my journey so much easier, I don’t know what I would have done without you. You have been amazing and helped me to achieve my qualification. You’ve guided me through every step of the way, I really appreciate it, Vanessa, you have been my rock.

Katie Shorland, Level 2 Hairdressing

I always struggled in school as I wasn’t very academic, so knew learning on the job would be a better option for me. I would find it difficult to get up for 9am but now I wake up and look forward to my day. I wanted to try a hair apprenticeship as I’ve always been interested in hairdressing, and by the end of the first week, I already loved it!

Jaimee Benson, Level 2 Hairdressing

I have developed a range of new skills through work including the technical, industry skills required for the job, to personal development such as ensuring I am always on time. The biggest change since leaving school is adjusting to the independence you gain from earning a salary. My advice to anyone thinking of doing an apprenticeship would be find what you like doing, and go for it!

Will Birch, Level 2 Bricklaying

Since starting the apprenticeship, I’ve become far more confident. In a classroom, you only interact with your classmates, but through working you develop your people skills as you interact with customers on a daily basis. At school, you are closely monitored and parented, however I am now more independent and feel grown up

Sam Collard, Level 2 Light Vehicle and Maintenance Repair

The most important thing I’ve learnt since leaving school is that there are other routes to success than just academia. I failed my GCSEs, as I never suited the school environment. Now though, I’m really enjoying my apprenticeship as I’ve discovered I learn more through hands-on practice.

Ben Freeman, Level 2 Carpentry

I would just like to thank you and your team for all the amazing work they do, you have provided me with the most invaluable experience which has helped to pave the way of my future. The work you do for young people is incredible!

Luke Kowalski, Teaching Assistant and former apprentice at Sir Robert Gefferys School