Success Stories: Josie Schofield, Level 3 Child Care

Josie was studying for her Level 3 Health and Social Care at college, when she decided to follow her ambition of working with children. “I always wanted to work with children and I prefer learning on the job, so I chose to do an apprenticeship. I had heard about apprenticeships at school and wanted the hands on experience as I thought it would benefit my career”.

Josie is now completing her Level 3 Child Care apprenticeship at Humpty Dumpty nursery in Dartington, through Skills Group. “I’ve been there for two years now – the first year working towards my Level 2 and I’m now onto my Level 3. My day to day tasks include caring for the children, helping to set out activities, planning their daily routines, and updating parents. My favourite part of the job is playing and interacting with the children. I’m really attached to them, as well as their families, and it’s rewarding to see them develop and grow”.

As Josie is now on her Level 3, she has moved from assisting in activities to an unsupervised role, and is enjoying taking on more responsibility. Wendy Edmunds, Senior Nursery Manager at Humpty Dumpty comments, “Josie is an excellent apprentice. She is enthusiastic, keen to develop her skills and a good team player. Her skills and knowledge have developed in line with her new qualifications – for example, Josie is now confident interacting with parents and sharing their child’s experience at the nursery”.

Gemma Wade, Child Care Assessor at Skills Group says, “Josie is a natural with the children and shows great commitment towards her training and practical skills within the nursery”.

Josie says she would 100% recommend the apprentice route. “My apprenticeship is interesting and gives me lots of practical experience that will help me go further in Child Care. It’s nice to earn a salary while I’m getting qualified too! My training at Skills Group is also helpful, as we go through important policies like safeguarding, revision catch up and team building exercises”.

In the future, Josie is hoping to carry on working at Humpty Dumpty as a qualified practitioner, and perhaps progress her qualifications further.

Josie’s top tips for anyone else wanting to do an apprenticeship? “Don’t give up! Make sure you also do some work experience first so you know exactly what you want to do”.

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