I applied for the apprenticeship because I was unsure of what I wanted to do, and I really enjoyed the week I spent at Greenacre on my college placement. During my interview I cried due to nerves, so I really did not expect to get the position; however, I was delighted that they were prepared to give me a chance. I worked really hard with both the college and school staff during my Level 2 course, so I felt really supported. Halfway through my apprenticeship, I was offered a permanent TA position on the basis I completed the rest of the course. I successfully completed my Level 2 course and requested that I progress to Level 3. This course was a lot more work, so I decided to leave my weekend job at Greggs. Although at times I struggled with the workload and meeting deadlines I continued to receive support from my family, the College, Buddies and my class team. I am glad I persevered and thanks to the patience of everyone else I have finally finished my apprenticeship and obtained a full-time job that I love.
Following the successes with the Teaching Assistant apprentices, we focused our attention on the needs of our existing staff. Higher Level Apprenticeships were considered as a method of growing and developing our own staff including teachers and middle leaders. Three teachers engaged with ‘Masters’ level apprenticeships to support them in leading key roles within the school. Additionally, the Level 5 Teaching Apprenticeship ran in partnership with Leeds City College; this afforded us the opportunity to support staff in their development from HLTA to Teacher.