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Alicia Wells – Early Years Practitioner Apprentice

Alicia Wells has used her experience as a young mum to bring inspiration to the classroom. Building valuable hands-on skills teaching at Shipley Church of England Primary School, Alicia successfully completed a Level 3 Advanced Level Apprenticeship in Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools through Calderdale College.

The Apprenticeship

Alicia began her course at Calderdale College in April 2017 when her son was 18 months old. Her hard work and dedication enabled her to complete it ahead of schedule, an achievement of which she is rightly proud.

Alicia’s apprenticeship course allowed her to develop skills through Calderdale College which she took directly into the classroom as an Early Years Practitioner (School Nursery and Reception Class) through the course.

“Despite being a busy young mum, I have thoroughly enjoyed completing my apprenticeship,” said Alicia.

“Since taking the course, it has given me a new lease of confidence in the workplace. Completing the apprenticeship has given me skills which I am able to demonstrate and deliver confidently and has been a fantastic learning opportunity.

“It has opened a new door for me to take on further opportunities in education."


Melanie Clough, Work Based Learning Early Years and Education Training Officer at Calderdale College, said: “Alicia has worked incredibly hard during her programme. As a young mother herself, finding time has been a struggle.

“However, over the course of Alicia’s apprenticeship I watched her grow and develop in confidence, taking on new roles within the classroom, which has now led to her taking on increased cover supervision and leading whole class learning.

“Alicia has pushed herself forward for higher skills development through her Calderdale College apprenticeship and has been given the opportunity to take part in independent training within the workplace for competency-based skills.

“We have been delighted to support Alicia on her journey and wish her all the best for a successful career in education.”

Alicia added: “Mel has been a fantastic person to have supporting me and I am indebted to her and Calderdale College for their support.

“I am extremely proud of myself as I never thought I would be capable enough. If I can do it, anyone can.

“I’m looking forward to continuing to support children and developing them into good role models.”

Apprenticeships and Calderdale College

Calderdale College is a major work-based learning provider, delivering high-quality training programmes in partnership with local and national companies.

The only college in West Yorkshire to be rated ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted for apprenticeships, the college delivers a range of qualifications, from Intermediate (Level 2) to Higher (Level 5), covering 25 different sectors, including Business, Construction and Digital Marketing.

On an annual basis we train over 500 apprentices and work with over 3,000 local and national employers, ranging from micro-businesses to some of the region’s largest levy-paying companies. We also help them to recruit apprentices to their workforce, matching hundreds of school and college leavers to apprenticeship vacancies.