Kirsty Lawrence

Childcare Level 3

Four years ago I was in a sixth form college working towards achieving A levels, when I realised that this was not what I really wanted to do. I was being told I needed to achieve 3 A levels if I was going to be accepted onto a teaching course. On my way to college I passed a connexions sign and I decided to approach them and see if I had other options. They contacted NWCS and the next day I went for interview.

The following day I started a 2 week trial in a school for children with special educational needs. I loved working there and within a few months I had gained employment and started to study for my level 2, then level 3 qualification in the children and young person’s workforce. I also achieved my Functional skill ICT at level 2 and an advanced apprenticeship.

I then decided that I wanted to achieve a further academic qualification and enrolled on an A level Psychology course at night school.  I was then accepted by John Moores University to start a BA Honours in Early Years and I have just started on the second year of my three year course. I will be able to complete QTS training after this.

I always wanted to be a teacher and I was able to work, earn a wage and get on to the BA Honours course through this vocational route. I know a few people who completed a degree and still haven’t found a job they want, but I am working in a job I really enjoy and gaining great experience, working alongside teachers every day.

I am a big fan of apprenticeships and know lots of people who have been successful following this route into employment and further education. By completing the apprenticeship and advanced apprenticeship with NWCS I have the chance to achieve my goal and look forward to teaching in the future.