Enta’s childcare trainees are first class!

Seven teenagers from Birmingham have become the first students to complete a new childcare course – with one already employed at a city nursery.

The 16 to 18 year olds this month completed the first-ever pre-apprenticeship Caring for Children programme run jointly by training providers Enta and Crackerjack Training Ltd.

The course provides an introduction to working with young children and is intended as a stepping stone to a full apprenticeship, then career in the industry.

Having completed the Foundation course, six are going straight on to complete Level Two training while a seventh student – who had already been fast-tracked onto this course – is now working in Enta’s Lakeside Nursery, in Wyrley Birch, Erdington.

The course started in November and involved a mixture of lessons at Enta’s Mill Wharf centre, as well as practical work experience in nurseries across the city. Students also received support in essential subjects such as maths and English.

Nicola Quigley, Enta’s Training Centre Manager, said: “The course was a great success. It’s the first time we’ve run it and the collaboration with Crackerjack worked really well.

“Classroom learning doesn’t suit many of the young people we work with so this course is perfect for teenagers looking for vocational training and work experience as an introduction to the childcare sector. The fact that one has already gone into a nursery job is a great start.”

The next ‘Caring for Children’ Level One programme will be opened for a new intake of students later this year.

Fiona Baker, Managing Director of Crackerjack Training Ltd, said: “It’s a great opportunity for young people to have hands on experience before embarking on a full apprenticeship. Young people need to be sure that this is the career for them and this partnership gives an excellent opportunity for them.”

Eighteen-year-old Laura Ball, from Halesowen, was one of the successful trainees and she has already started her Level Two Certificate for the Children and Young People’s Workforce.

“It went really well. It was supposed to be a 22-week course but we all worked hard and managed to complete it a bit faster,” said Laura. “I really enjoyed the training.”

Enta offers training and education to young people across Birmingham and has been changing lives and communities in the city for more than 30 years.

For more information visit www.entapeople.com.

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