March 15, 2021, 3:48 p.m.
Each month we like to celebrate the achievements of individual Apprentices who have gone over and above to achieve their qualification.
For the month of February, we have chosen Raffina Harris as a worthy winner. Raffina has been presented with our Apprentice of the Month award, alongside a £10 Amazon Voucher.
Raffina is currently completing her Early Years Practitioner Apprenticeship with a leading Nursery. Below, she has provided us with insight into how her Apprenticeship is going, as well as giving advice to anyone considering completing an Apprenticeship to kick-start their career.
1. Tell us a little about why you wanted to complete this Apprenticeship...
I’d been in office based jobs since I left school and the repetition had become too much, I wanted a new challenge and I love children so I thought nothing would be more fitting then a Childcare apprenticeship.
2. What value has the Apprenticeship Programme brought to you so far?
The apprenticeship has not only helped with my learning in the childcare field but has also allowed me to put everything I’ve learnt into practice.
3. Has it given you what you thought it would, so far - any surprises?
Yes, it’s such a joy to teach and learn with the children and watch their development as they grow. Nothing could be more rewarding.
4. What would you say to any apprentices considering an apprenticeship programme?
Go for it and don’t let anything stop you, I nearly changed my mind due to thinking I was ‘too old’ to do an apprenticeship but there’s no age limit so please don’t let anyone stop you if you’re considering this as a next/first step of employment.
5. What knowledge and skills have you learnt so far on your Apprenticeship journey?
The importance of team working and communicating with your colleagues and have also learnt the value of being patient and enthusiastic – this is important in any job not just my role!
If you are considering completing an Apprenticeship in Early Years, like Raffina, please visit our Apprenticeship Vacancies page and apply now.