The 22 year old from Henbury commenced a Level 3 Apprenticeship in Supported Teaching and Learning as a late starter back in October. After working in a cosmetic shop as a supervisor and management cover Michaela realised it was the children’s parties and staff training at the organisation which she enjoyed the most so decided to combine the two and become a Teaching Assistant.
Her career took off when she saw a vacancy to study at SGS College on the National Apprenticeship website to become a Teaching Assistant at Henbury School.
At present Michaela teaches a year 10 group with learning difficulties shopping skills, money management and personal budgeting and also supports two students with significant learning difficulties.
From September Michaela’s new role as Learning Support Mentor will involve teaching students social skills, grammar, handwriting and supporting those with dyslexia.
She comments: “When I finished my A Levels I thought I wanted to manage a shop but after working in a management role I realised it wasn’t for me. I wanted a more caring role which is why I applied for this position. I have really enjoyed the last year; gaining a qualification and getting an income at the same time. The hands on experience is invaluable and the staff here are lovely which is why I didn’t want to leave. This is definitely the vocation which I want to work in so I am overjoyed that I now have a permanent position.”
Director of Inclusion, Duane Chappell comments: “The opportunity arose and I wasn’t sure at first as I have never managed an apprentice before but it really has been great. The support and expectations from the college has been good and we are both learning as we go.”
“Michaela approached me back in March enquiring about a permanent job and as I have two members of staff wanting to go part-time a vacancy became available. I had no hesitation in putting her forward. It has been an invaluable experience for us both.”
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