Apprenticeships with a caring touch

Sep 17, 2021 | News

L-R: Gill Dickson, Caitlin Cunningham and Angela Williams
Starting a career in children’s care is proving to be the right choice for apprentice, Caitlin Cunningham.

Opting not to go into the sixth form following her GCSE’s, Caitlin approached Coventry and Warwickshire Chamber Training for advice and was excited to see the opportunities available in caring for children.

With the support of Chamber Training, she rapidly developed her confidence and understanding of the world of work, before successfully securing apprenticeship employment with a nursery in Kenilworth, Creative Flair Childcare.

Caitlin demonstrated a natural flair for the job, thrived on learning in the workplace. She achieved her apprenticeship in early years care at level 2 before seamlessly progressing to the advanced level where she achieved a distinction. Caitlin’s career is going from strength to strength.

As a result of her apprenticeship and the skills and knowledge that it gave her, she has gone on to secure a role in a Warwickshire school offering one-to-one support to a child with special needs.

Commenting on Catlin’s success, Nicola Thompson, Manager at Creative Flair Childcare said: “Caitlin started at Creative Flair when she was 16 years old and she has developed into a fantastic practitioner. Her kind, caring and creative nature made her form bonds with the children instantly.

Career success

“Caitlin’s dancing background supported her to teach the children ballet and tap, which fitted in perfectly with our Creative Arts ethos.

“Over the years Caitlin has learnt so much, how to observe effectively, setting up activities, extending children’s learning and supporting children with additional needs, which lead on to her new role in a school setting as a teaching assistant supporting a child one to one.

“Gill and the team at Chamber Training were always on hand to support the setting and Caitlin and were very approachable during both her Level 2 and Level 3 qualifications.”

Angela Williams from Chamber Training concluded: “We are delighted to have worked with Caitlin. She has grown in confidence and shown a dedicated approach to working with children.  It has been a pleasure to have been part of her career success.

“At Chamber Training, we are currently working with a number of nurseries and children’s care settings to provide relevant, tailored and structured learning pathways to support businesses to develop qualified staff.  If you’re looking to recruit an apprentice or train your existing staff, we can help you on that journey.”

To further information about Chamber Training’s Apprenticeship Programme, call 024 7623 1122 or

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