TEENAGER Natalie New is hoping to go on to build a career in childcare after completing her qualifications.
The 18-year-old from South Shields is the latest apprentice to be taken on by The Care People after finishing her two-year course with Training In Care.
The teenager was introduced to the course by a family member.
She said: “It has been a real experience, as it hasn’t just been stuck in the classroom.
“We have been out on work placements, spending time in children’s centres and in crèches.
“I’ve always wanted to work with children and this course has given me so much experience and a better understanding about what it means to work with children.
I’ve always wanted to work with children and this course has given me so much experience and a better understanding about what it means.Natalie New
“There’s so much you need to know and this course has helped me so much.
“I’d definitely recommend it to those wanting to work in childcare.”
Apprentice Keegan Cairns is currently studying for his childcare qualification after already completing a qualification in adult care.
The 19-year-old enrolled with Training In Care after being signposted to the training company by management at Holder House Allotment Project, where he started as a volunteer supporting people with learning disabilities.
He said: “There is a lot to the courses, but they are so beneficial to this kind of work.
“Since I’ve finished my adult care, I decided to start my childcare course.
“I started volunteering after going to football matches with my dad, who took people with learning disabilities.
“From there I started helping out, and I knew it was what I wanted to do.
“It makes you feel good to know you are helping others, and with the help of the qualifications I’ve now got, I can hopefully get a full-time job working with adults with learning disabilities.”