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Apprenticeships are a great choice for those who are looking to jump straight into the world of work. Earning a salary from day one and learning practical skills along the way, you will end an apprenticeship with a qualification and real-world experience.

We caught up with Level 3 Supporting Teaching and Learning apprentice, Isabelle, who offers an insight into her apprenticeship journey. From finding the right apprenticeship, to navigating the learning process.

How did you find out about the apprenticeship and secure employment?

“I found out through the government website and applied, and through that Stockton Riverside College then emailed me asking me to come in for a test.”

BKSB testing is the standard English and maths test which every student will take, regardless of GCSE results, which gives an indication of whether they will need extra support during their apprenticeship.

“Once I had completed that test, I got an interview with my employer” Isabelle recalls.

What made you want to do an apprenticeship?

“I decided to do an apprenticeship as I learn best when I am doing hands-on work.”

What was it about the subject area that interested you?

“I have worked with children in different settings, and I decided I wanted to take it into an educational setting.”

What is the ratio of work to training and how do you manage both?

“I start work every day at 08:40 and finish at 15:15, except on Thursday afternoon when I’m in college.”

What has been your favourite part of the course?

“I really liked learning the module on child development and figuring out what milestones they reach at each age and how to spot delayed development.”

Would you recommend an apprenticeship at Stockton Riverside College to others?

"Yes, I would recommend it to everyone. It has been a really good experience."

If you would like to speak to a member of our team about finding an apprenticeship, email recruitment@the-etc.ac.uk or call 07436 795 883.

To find out current apprenticeship vacancies, click here: Apprenticeship Vacancies | Stockton Riverside College

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