Our mature learner is a resident in the Borough of Islington having previously volunteered in a nursery over 20 years ago he then pursued his studies in law.
Since then, he has suffered from mental health challenges that have prevented him from working for a number of years. Now fully recovered he joined a teaching assistant course at a college in Soho, however, he couldn’t find a placement, which was one of the course requirements so was unable to complete it. He said “It was such a shame as I thought that the industry needed more male teachers”.
The PLEYSS programme offering ‘Level 2 Caring for Children and Young People Course’ combined with the ‘Level 3 in Pediatric First Aid’ provided him with the opportunity to achieve these qualifications and receive the support to get a job interview for positions within early years.
The three main objectives our learner wanted to achieve on registering for this programme were: CV skills, interviewing techniques and confidence in the workplace skills. 75% of the course training is delivered online which our learner found to be his biggest barrier as he didn’t feel confident using IT equipment. As we use OneFile as our eportfolio system for learners to save and upload their work it was imperative we helped him to overcome this. With 1to1 mentoring sessions his tutor guided him through using OneFile and also this support gave him some fundamental digital skills – something that he felt had previously had a negative impact on his overall mental health and wellbeing.
Starting a new course or joining a new group for people is a big step and our learner felt ‘very nervous at first’ but found the training team and his fellow learners very ‘friendly’. Aside from improving his digital skills he also felt he gained confidence and some routine and structure around his everyday life. By sharing experiences and life lessons amongst his fellow learners also helped to broaden his insight into the new generation of Early Years as his children are all grown-up now. The next step for our learner is to complete our Level 2 Certificate in Supporting Teaching and Learning in schools so that it can help him to secure a job as a Teaching Assistant in the future.
We wish him all the very best and look forward to supporting him on his new career path.