‘The best of both worlds’

Written by: MA Education
2 November 2015

A practitioner at the Busy Bees nursery group explains why training on the job as a Level 3 apprentice has proved the perfect way to develop both hands-on skills and academic confidence. She is now on course for a degree.

‘The best of both worlds’
‘The best of both worlds’

Bethany Skinner is a hardworking and dedicated apprentice from Busy Bees, in Brough, who aspired to work in childcare from a young age. She enrolled on to Busy Bees Training's Level 2 Early Years apprenticeship as a school leaver, completing the course in 2013, and is expected to finish her Level 3 early years apprenticeship this year, ahead of schedule. With aspirations to study childcare at university, Bethany has found apprenticeships offer an alternative, practical route to the traditional ‘classroom’ based method of learning.

She has worked towards a career in childcare from an early age, and explains what drew her to the sector: ‘When I was at school I studied child development. I really enjoyed learning how the right care can impact on a child's learning and development for the future, and found that my enthusiasm drove me to excel at the subject. I loved the idea that the experiences and care I provide to children can have such a profound effect on their development and happiness.’

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