Shauni Dixon - Level 2 Intermediate Apprenticeship

Building valuable hands-on skills teaching at Rastrick Independent School, Shauni is about to successfully complete her Level 2 apprenticeship.

The Apprenticeship

Shauni began at Calderdale College in March 2018 and is nearing the end of her year-long course, which allowed her to develop skills through Calderdale College and apply directly into the classroom.

“I’ve really benefited by being able to get help from my colleagues as well as from the college,” says Shauni. “Having colleagues there as role models has been invaluable and they’ve also helped me learn new things over time.

“My course tutor Annette has been so helpful and showed me exactly what to do and how to complete my course. She made sure she explained to me in full detail how to do something and didn’t pile loads of work on to me.

“Annette made sure I was ready for my observations and professional discussions, she came to see me regularly to speak about my work and what else to move on to. She’s always been there to help when I have struggled, I got the best support I could have possibly had.

Shauni says the support from both sides of the sector- work colleagues and Training Officer has been invaluable. “I wouldn’t have been able to complete half of the work without them,” she says. “It means I have gradually become more confident as I become closer to qualifying, rather than being thrown straight into the deep end in a school.”

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Achievements

Annette Levy, Early Years and Education Training Officer at Calderdale College, said: “Shauni has worked incredibly hard during her course and shown an excellent attitude to learning and towards her Level 2 teaching assistant role.

“I’ve watched her grow in confidence and I’m looking forward to working with her to talk about her next steps and what her options are now she’ s coming to the end of her Level 2. I know she will be great.”

Shauni now has a tough choice to make about her next steps.  Having always wanted to work in a school and support a teacher in a class room she’d like to do her Level 3 teaching assistant training but is also torn, wanting to do a level 3 childcare first and be able to gain the full amount of knowledge she can to make her ready for Level 3 teaching.

“It’s been amazing being able to learn and to see the children grow as well as myself throughout the year of completing my Level 2,” Shauni adds. “So much so I would like to do the Level 3 teaching assistant course as I have always wanted to work in a school and support a teacher in a class room.

“I can’t believe I’ve come such a long way in just a year. I need to think about what my next course is and have a chat with Annette about my decision closer to my Level 2 apprentice end date,” she adds. “Whatever I choose it will be through the college. I wouldn’t have been able to complete half of the work without Annette and by gaining the knowledge off my colleagues as well.”

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 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.