At the start of your career, it’s sometimes difficult to find a way in. If you need experience to get a job, but need a job to gain experience, how can you ever get started? That’s where an apprenticeship comes in: get paid while learning on the job, all with no previous experience required! If you’re just starting out and looking for a way to begin your career in childcare, read on to discover more about the many benefits of an apprenticeship.
Gain skills and knowledge
If a career in childcare appeals to you, the next step is to get some work experience to build up your skills. Apprenticeships in childcare are available from 17 plus, so you can apply when you’re still at school, moving straight into a role that will gain you valuable experience in the childcare industry. It’ll look great on your CV and you’ll be working on the job from day 1, so it’s a really practical and hands-on way to get the knowledge and experience you need to move to the next level.
As well as work experience, an apprenticeship will also give you a relevant and nationally recognised qualification that you can use to further your career.
Here at Toad Hall we offer Intermediate, Advanced and Higher level apprenticeships for candidates entering at different levels. From the intermediate level apprenticeship (equivalent to 5 passes at GCSE) to the Higher level qualification (which can open the door to a degree), every apprenticeship leads to an early years qualification that reflects the knowledge and experience gained by our hard-working apprentices.
In addition to your Early Years qualification you can also study for certificates in subjects including English, Maths and ICT.
Earn while you learn
One of the most significant benefits of an apprenticeship is that you start earning immediately. If the prospect of student debt has put you off applying to university, an apprenticeship could be the way to go! You’ll earn a wage right from the start, so you can start to save and live independently. Just like your friends at uni you’ll be studying – but unlike most, you’ll have 8 hours of PAID study time every week!
Because an apprenticeship is such a practical and career-based course of study, everything you learn will help you to move up the career ladder. You may find that you can progress more quickly than a graduate coming in three years down the line – because you’ve spent those years getting real and valuable experience in a practical job role.
An apprenticeship in childcare has so many benefits for the right person. With no barriers to entry, you can start out with no experience or qualifications, and end up progressing to management level or wherever your interest takes you. At Toad Hall we are always keen to help our talented staff to develop rewarding and satisfying careers by offering regular staff training in a variety of topics.
Have we convinced you of the benefits of an apprenticeship? Then there’s no time to lose. Check out our current apprenticeship opportunities and read more about what the role typically involves. We look forward to welcoming you to our team!