Rosa West, 19, from Bedford, left school with a dream to work in childcare.
“I have always wanted to work with children and was hoping to move straight into an Apprenticeship when I finished school,” she said. “I quickly realised I needed to bump up my childcare skills and experience though, so when I got an email from Northampton College about the Introduction to Health & Social Care and Children and Young People’s Settings course, I knew that would be the perfect stepping stone.
“The course has given me the basic understanding I need to now get onto an Apprenticeship. I now know about important safeguarding issues, the different milestones children go through, I have so much knowledge I just never had before. I have also gained lots more confidence, met new friends and have a much better-looking CV which will stand out to employers.
“I am really looking forward to starting an Apprenticeship soon and I know I would not be in the position were it not for the ESF funded course”.