What is a Modern Apprenticeship?
A Modern Apprenticeship is a job which lets people earn a wage and gain an industry-recognised qualification. For employers, modern apprenticeships help develop their workforce by training new staff, and upskilling existing employees.
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Apprentice Early Years Officer Heather Henderson
My name is Heather Henderson, and I am an Apprentice Early Years Officer with Fife Council. I work at Lynburn Nursery in Dunfermline and started my apprenticeship in August 2022.
I chose to do the modern apprenticeship as opposed to attending college as I personally feel that I learn better on the job being hands on. Also, if I have any questions I have a vast team of experienced members of staff I can pull knowledge from at any time of the working day. My nursery is big and busy, so I feel I am getting the experiences I need to gain knowledge and confidence quickly.
Every day is different, and that's what makes it so much fun. I am part of a rota system that changes every week. At the start I shadowed my mentor but quite quickly I was able to be on an area myself, calling on support if I needed it. The day can start with being on the floor with the children signing songs or building, then I might read stories, help them practice writing their names. It really depends on what area you are assigned to, but no day is the same.
The best part about my job for me, in being on the floor with the children, that's where you really see them at their best. I love seeing their imagination take flight, a small idea or concept they have come up with can change and adapt to a full-blown play or dance with multiple characters. It’s all child led and that's what makes it so fun to see.
The qualifications I get from the apprenticeship scheme means that when I apply for my first job, I can have up to two years’ worth of first hand high quality experience and knowledge to support me. I will have experience in dealing in interactions with parents and the wider community we work with such as childsmile, speech and language etc.
I recommend the apprentice scheme, not only do you get paid to learn but you have the opportunity to learn and observe great practitioners working.