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Confidence boost for Childcare Apprentice Anna

An apprenticeship is more than just a work experience placement. An apprenticeship provides people with the opportunity to build their skills and gain new ones that will benefit them long-term while earning a wage.

The first day of your first ever “real” job is naturally nerve-racking; remembering everyone’s name, finding your way around the workplace landscape, living up to employer’s expectations, understanding the endless list of business abbreviations.

However, a lot of young people find that school isn’t enough to provide them with sufficient life experience to feel confident in and outside of a working environment.

We recently spoke with apprentice Anna Wilson at Horden Youth Nursery, who started working as a Childcare Apprentice in February 2017 and enrolled onto a Level 2 Apprenticeship in Childcare.

Anna is evidence that the programme is a great tool to develop confidence and build self-esteem, commenting: “After leaving school I felt nervous just talking to people. But after starting my apprenticeship, I don’t feel like that anymore.

I now find it easy to ask the staff any questions without worrying. It makes things a lot easier for me because I can gain knowledge and do my job better.

I’ve been getting involved with more social events with the nursery staff as well. I would have felt nervous being with a group of new people before starting the apprenticeship.”

Here at Northern Care Training, we offer apprenticeships to help you start a career. If you’re interested in starting an apprenticeship, check out our latest vacancies

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