5th February 2020
The Sales & Marketing Manager who became an Early Years Childcare Apprentice.
Having previously worked in Sales & Marketing for a multinational pharmaceutical company, Claire Jaggan accomplished a lot at a managerial level, but always felt that she could have a greater impact working in the childcare sector. Realising it’s never too late to change your career, Claire decided to follow her dreams and successfully secured a role as a Special Education Needs worker at a local preschool. Realising this was the sector for her, she then progressed onto Little Acorns Nursery, where she jumped at the opportunity of completing a Level 3 Early Years Childcare Apprenticeship.
Speaking about her career journey so far, Claire said; “I had little understanding of apprenticeships before, however, I now think these programmes are invaluable for people wanting to do further training and qualifications in their chosen profession. The course is excellent for those working in a preschool environment and wanting to provide outstanding care for children. My employer supported my apprenticeship by allowing me to lead daily activities to help develop my skills and my programme has allowed me to become a qualified practitioner and gain a diploma in Employment Rights and Responsibilities. All of these factors will allow me to move forward in my career in Early Years or education, fulfilling a dream.”
When asked about her experience as an apprentice, Claire expressed how she had loved the practical assessments and reflecting on how the day-to-day practice can be improved. Claire also went on to mention the guidance her tutor had given her throughout the programme, saying, “her support and expertise brought it to life.” When asked about the highlights of the training, she added; “I loved covering such a variety of topics and being able to use the learning material directly in my daily work. I have learnt that apprenticeships do not focus on hard skills alone; while they help give us the knowledge, they also increase your confidence and communication skills.”
She has offered the following advice for those considering making the same lifechanging decision as she did in terms of her career route; “An apprenticeship is a rewarding and interesting way to gain qualifications whilst putting them into practice. If you choose an apprenticeship in an area you are passionate about you will find the majority of the qualification to be fun and certainly useful in your daily work.”
So what’s next for Claire? Hoping to further her career in childcare, she has recently become the preschool Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator. Claire is a real life example of how anything is possible. Her determination and hard work has led to her success whilst her apprenticeship has led to her moving closer towards her dream goal. We cannot wait to hear all about her future achievements and we feel that this is just the start of a magnificent career!
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