Q&A with Charlotte Richardson – National Apprenticeship Week 2019

As part of National Apprenticeship Week, some of our current apprentices took part in a Q&A to share their experiences of studying with Aspire Training Team at Tops Day Nurseries.

Charlotte is currently working towards a level 5 diploma at Tops Day Nurseries Corfe Mullen.

Can you tell us a bit about your role?

I am currently a Room Manager at Tops Day Nurseries: Corfe Mullen. I started my Level 2 qualification in childcare in 2014 and have slowly worked my way up, also completing my NVQ level 3 and now I am currently completing my level 5. My job role is to ensure my Explorers room runs smoothly, including so many factors, for example, supporting the children’s development, being a mentor and role model to the other practitioners in the room and working with each child’s parents/ caters to ensure they are being given outstanding service. I also support the manager and deputy manager with managerial tasks such as completing audits and showing new customers around the nursery. Aspire has supported me throughout this entire process and has helped me to work my way up throughout the company.

Why did you decide to apply for an apprenticeship?

I decided to start an apprenticeship back in 2014 as I thought it would be a great way to earn money while also learning at the same time. Once completing my level 2 I was very motivated to continue as I felt very passionate about the job role and wanted to do the best I could.

What do you plan to do after your apprenticeship?

Once I finished my apprenticeship, I quickly went on to do my NVQ level 3 which allowed me to become a Room Manager. I am now completing my level 5 and once finishing this I hope to continue progressing throughout the company.

What are the benefits of being an apprentice/learner?

I’d say that the benefits are definitely the fact you’re able to learn, gain experience and earn money at the same time. I feel I would not have as much knowledge as I do now if I attended college as I wouldn’t get the full experience of what it was like actually working in a nursery environment.

What advice would you give to others thinking about completing an apprenticeship?

Just be confident to ask for help if you need support from your assessor.

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