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Chloe’s nursery apprenticeship helped land dream job

06 February 2020

This week is National Apprenticeship Week and Chloe Skedge has now secured her dream job as a Nursery Carer, after completing two apprenticeships at the Ladybird Nursery at Southend University Hospital.

The 20 year old from Canvey first began her Nursery Carer and Nursery Nurse level 2 apprenticeship having just turned 17. After she completed the year-long qualification she then continued to the level 3 course for a further two years, earning a wage and gaining a qualification as she went.

Being able to learn whilst working was the perfect setup for Chloe, who had always wanted to work in childcare since she studied it at school. She said: "For me, it was a job with a qualification attached. I've just really enjoyed learning this way in general, with the added bonus of working in an area I love. It's not class room based, It's in the real world of work, so I got to see it hands on and build more experience.

"I've really grown in confidence during that time, dealing with children, staff and parents. It's all helped me grow in my role and become a better employee. I've just learnt so much from my colleagues in this real world experience, something I just wouldn't have got just being in a classroom. "

Chloe completed her apprenticeship journey in January this year and was snapped up by the nursery in her new role as level 2 Nursery Carer. And now she is helping the next apprentices at the nursery with their journey.

Chloe said: "It's great, as I get to give them my insights and they see where I have got to at the end of it. It's just nice to be able give something back."

Ladybird Nursery Manager, Lynda Bartholomew, said: "Chloe has been a real credit, deciding to take her on in a fulltime position after completing her apprenticeship was an easy decision. She is a key member of our team, we love her and so do the children."