1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
My job role is an apprentice teaching assistant. This means I am required to assist the teacher with teaching the National curriculum to all the children in our care. I also ensure the classroom is clean and tidy and set up correctly for the children to access their education. I may also be required to assist with the teaching of small groups of Children, this is instructed by the class teacher and over seen by them. I am also required to attend staff meetings, training, and after school and breakfast clubs as part of my role.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
I have learnt so many skills during my apprenticeship. Before I worked at my placement I worked in a different career so this was all new to me. I have learnt how to interact with a range of children which i had limited knowledge on before. I have learnt about how the education sector works and the laws and regulations schools and settings have to adhere to, this includes what we must provide the children with and to meet ofsted inspections. I learn something new every day and very thankful for my apprenticeship.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
I cannot express enough how much I enjoy my apprenticeship. I have met some amazing people and even more amazing children, I learn new skills every single day. Every day is different for me and I love this aspect of the job. Working at my place of work is the best decision I have ever made and this was only viable as I can earn while I learn. I think apprenticeships are a great way for people to get to learn their chosen career, and still have some income.
4. How well organised/structured is your programme?
My apprenticeship programme is very well organised. I have only felt completly informed through out the whole experiences. The college tutors and staff at my placement are always very helpful and friendly at helping me if I have any questions. The whole experience was well managed and easy to join and be enrolled, everything was explained and I felt completely at ease when enrolling onto my apprenticeship. I would defiantly say it was easy and stress free and well organisers through out.
5. How much support do you receive from your employer?
I receive lots of support from my employer, they have always been kind and considerate if I asked for support or help. I can honestly say they have been brilliant, I am given set time for studying and time to go my college sessions. I have an amazing team around me who answers all my questions and guides me through any difficulties I may be facing. Overall a very helpful supportive team who make me feel welcome and respected.
6. How much support do you receive from your training provider when working towards your qualifications?
I receive lots of support from my training provider, I attend college sessions where are subjects for assignments are talked over and taught in depth, therefore when I come to write an assignment I have the knowledge I need to do this. I can always email them if I need any of their help or guidance and they are always quick to respond to me which is great so any issues or questions are sorted quickly.
7. How well do you feel that your qualification (through your training provider) helps you to perform better in your role?
I think it helps me massively as if I have any questions it queries they quickly answer them for my so I can put these in to practice in my apprenticeship. My college tutors and other training providers have knowledge and experience in the sector that I work in, this is great as they know the best way to reach and advise me so I can put this guidance into practice in my role. I can use their advice and expertise to help me with my job role.
8. Are there extra-curricular activities to get involved in at your work? (For example, any social activities, sports teams, or even professional networking events.)
There is always social events happening at my place of work. This is in the form of exercise clubs after work, meet ups in parks, coffee mornings, fates held at the place of work are also things that happen regularly, this has helped me fit in with my colleges as I Have made friends and well as work colleagues. There is many social events held at my job sometimes they are aimed to include the children and adults which is always nice to be a part of.
9a. Would you recommend Lincolnshire County Council to a friend?
Because they are a great company to work for, they offer loads of support and help when you work for them, they are also a great company who provide benefits for staff members, they are overall a great company who look after their staff and treat them fairly, respectful and I have always felt like a valued member of their team. They are always there for me to help and answer any questions that I might have.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Lincolnshire County Council?
I would say to defiantly apply to work with this company if you can, do not hold back and think you should not apply. Just do it because if you get a job you will be so happy that you applied. When you apply be your self and friendly. I would recommend that people who want to apply should ask lots of questions and take in all information as it is best to be Totally informed with your new job. Couldn’t recommend applying enough amazing company.