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.
'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.
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