“After taking a career break, to become a mum, I knew that I wanted to retrain and become a teaching assistant but was unsure where to begin and lacked the confidence to take the next step and find the right course for me. Luckily, I found out that my local Adult Community Education Centre in Swadlincote ran a Specialist Support in Teaching and Learning in Schools (SSTLS) Diploma course in an evening. This fitted perfectly around my family life.
“Before enrolling on the course I met with Gail, the tutor, to discuss; the content of the course, entry requirements and school placements. She encouraged me from this first meeting, through my course and right up to my first job interview. I was also lucky to have great support from Becky, the workplace assessor, who guided me through my placement and my work portfolio.
“Making this career change has meant a great deal to me, as not only do I now have a job which I love (working as a teaching assistant in a local primary school) but since qualifying I have also had the opportunity to work as a learning support advisor, working with the wonderful team at Swadlincote Adult Community Education Centre, helping other adults achieve their own learning goals.
“Gail, my tutor, encouraged me from the first meeting, through my course and right up to my first job interview.