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10 Mar 2022

Careers in care Social service workforce

Graduate apprentice, Theresa's story

This Scottish Apprenticeship Week we’ll be sharing stories from across the sector of the vital role apprenticeships play in supporting individuals, employers and people who use social care and early years services in Scotland.

Today, Theresa shares her story of doing a graduate apprenticeship in early learning and childcare. 

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Theresa is a graduate apprentice in early learning and childcare. Theresa is 20 years old and works in the most northerly early years setting in the UK, in Unst, Shetland.

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'The course has equipped me to be prepared for a career in early years, I feel I have gained valuable skills in practice, and feel confident in the theory behind what I do at work'.

 

 

 

 

Why did you choose a graduate apprenticeship?

I started the graduate apprenticeship (GA) when I was 18 and was new to the sector. I decided to do the graduate apprenticeship because I wanted to get a degree level qualification, while gaining experience on the job since I had never worked in an early years setting before.

What has your experience been?

I have really enjoyed the GA, it has been hard work but worth it. I enjoyed that the course has been online, meaning it can fit around work and my personal life. The reflexive module (experience based learning allowing reflection on experience) has helped me develop my reflexivity skills, which has helped me to think about why we do things the way we do. In university, we have looked at many frameworks and guidance documents, which means I have a sound understanding of the guidance we use in practice.

What are the benefits of completing a graduate apprenticeship?

I feel as though the course has equipped me to be prepared for a career in early years, I feel I have gained valuable skills in practice, and feel confident in the theory behind what I do at work.

Share you story

We love to share the inspiring stories of people working in social work, social care and early years services and highlighting the valuable work you do. If you would like to get involved and share your story with us please email communications@sssc.uk.com.

Contact information

Nichola Stark
Scottish Social Services Council
communications@sssc.uk.com