“I was told by many of my teachers that I wouldn’t make it past GCSE level…”
What was your path to teaching at HTP Apprenticeship College?
My own experience with education has been a bit of a mixed bag. I always really enjoyed school and although I wasn’t particularly gifted at the academic subjects, I managed to achieve some good grades at GCSE. When I started my A Levels, I completely flopped as I couldn’t cope with the large classes and the exams, As a result of this, I decided to go for a more vocational, practical route, and decided to study Childcare Level 3
From here, I went on to study Early Childhood Studies at Chichester University, and started my first role as a Learning Support Assistant in a secondary school. I really enjoyed working one-to-one with students and I learned so much myself, too.
What would you say to someone who’s not sure about starting a ‘Business’ programme?
People sometimes think that business courses are ‘dull’ and ‘boring’, but our course is actually the opposite. I bring my experience to make the course as interactive and creative as I can. We do things like baking cakes and selling them as part of a competition, designing your own business and creating a logo for it. As well as this, business also involves some general skills which help in general life, for example, writing a CV, applying for jobs, and managing money (something I wish I had been taught at school!)
And what about Childcare – is it fun?
Our childcare course requires the learners to think as a child – so there’s a lot of creativity involved, from painting, playdough, and all things messy! It’s all part of helping the learners to understand how children develop and how play can help assist this.
A final thought?
In both the courses I teach, I’m always mindful of my own experiences within education. I was told by many of my teachers that I wouldn’t make it past GCSE level – and I’ve proven them wrong. I believe that if you really try your best – and you can hand on heart say that you couldn’t have tried any harder, then you’ve aced it (and you might even surprise yourself by how much you can achieve).
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Why learn with US?
- Rated 'Good' by OFSTED;
- Industry-experienced tutors;
- Great facilities, centrally located in Newport Isle of Wight and Portsmouth;
- Smaller group sizes, with personalised 1-to-1 support.
How is HTP different to school and other colleges?
The main difference between learning with us compared to school or other colleges is that we give you the flexibility to learn in a way that works for you.
Our full-time courses blend classroom learning with practical work experience in a real company giving you the opportunity to bring your learning to life in an industry setting.
Our apprenticeships are a great route directly into working life. You can start earning a real salary right away and fast-track your career options by working in-house as part of a team. You'll be supported by one of our expert Training Consultants, alongside the day-to-day guidance of your employer.
Whichever route you take, our promise is that we put you and your needs first, so you'll always have the support you need to succeed.
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Charlotte with learners at Riverbank Campus
“I joined the HTP team a couple of years ago as a training consultant for Childcare and Business. They’re two very different courses, but I love the variety – and they’re actually quite similar in some ways.”
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