Childcare career success for Hartlepool teenager

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A TEENAGER’S dream of working in childcare is being realised thanks to an apprenticeship.

Hope Magill, 19, had an ambition to build a career in childcare and now she has been given the opportunity she craved.

It’s thanks to an apprenticeship scheme between a Hartlepool nursery and Ingeus, which provides employability programmes, skills training and employment support.

Hope always planned to work with children, but had never considered an apprenticeship until she learned of the opportunity at Little Treasures Day Nursery.

She said: “I wanted a job that would enable me to work with children and develop my skills.

“This apprenticeship is just right for me and, at the end of it, I’ll have earned a really worthwhile qualification.”

Melody Taylor, from Ingeus, said: “Being an apprentice is a great way to learn new skills and earn a wage at the same time.

“It’s a successful formula that is being repeated throughout the region and it’s ensuring that young people like Hope can make good progress in their intended careers.

“It’s also the ideal way for employers to take on bright and enthusiastic new talent which will grow and develop as their business does.

“Hope will be supported throughout the year of her apprenticeship by her bosses at Little Treasures and by her Ingeus training advisor. She will be visited regularly and her employers will be fully supported throughout the programme to ensure the best possible outcome.”

The team at Little Treasures Day Nursery, part of the Belle Vue Centre on Kendal Road, provide day-long care for children from the town, but manager Claire Wainwright knew they needed another pair of hands.

She said: “We liked the idea of employing an apprentice because it would give us the chance to teach them the skills they need whilst they support us in caring for our children.

“Our aim now is to invest time and effort in Hope, and we’re confident she will become a really excellent childcare assistant. Our intention is to continue employing her when she has finished her apprenticeship.”

Hope’s success has been highlighted during National Apprentice Week which aims to celebrate apprenticeships and the positive impact they have.