Derby College Group offers a range of high-quality teacher assistant and learner support training programmes. Our Academy of Professional Education is continually considered to be outstanding in ensuring our trainees achieve positive destinations into education roles, the world of work and progression to further study.
Are you ready to take your first steps to a new career supporting children, young people and/or adults to make good progress with their education? Is the time right for you now to build your career?
Our new ‘Step Into’ programme will provide you with a useful insight into educational support, the rewards it can bring and the career routes available. You will be prepared and ready for your next steps towards a full qualification in Learning Support and an exciting and challenging career. The programme will provide you with the necessary knowledge, skills and behaviours to support learning across a range of educational institutions.
·Knowledge of specific educational policy applicable to the role
·Interview and Employability Skills
·English, Maths and Digital Skills
·Developing Effective Communication with other Professionals
·An interest in working in an educational setting to enhance learning or support the development of pupils and/or students
·A desire to succeed and become a qualified teaching assistant or educational support worker
Course content includes:
The programme will be delivered by our experienced specialist learning support team in a once-a-week session. Teaching is designed to support you to build your confidence, so you are ready and motivated to take the next step. By completing this course, you will receive a College Achievement Certificate, and this will help you progress your career.
You will be assessed through completion of an Individual Learning Plan (ILP) with agreed specific tasks that might include short pieces of written work, group discussion, a mock interview, participation in group discussions, reflections on developing self, and even collaborative presentations. Working with your teacher, you will adapt your ILP tasks to match your starting points, career aspirations and current level of skills.
Former chef Charmaine Simpson will soon have all the ingredients she needs to change career and become a teaching assistant, thanks to Derby College. The mum of two from Shelton Lock is currently studying part-time for the Level 3 Certificate for Teaching Assistants after gaining her level 2 qualification last year.
Studying at the Roundhouse marks a return to Derby College for Charmaine who trained as a chef at the former Mackworth campus several years ago. She enjoyed her catering course and was happy to go back to the college when the opportunity arose for her to retrain.
Charmaine realised she was interested in working with children when her son was still a baby. She was impressed with how staff at her son's nursery interacted with the children and thought she'd like a job like that. Although she liked her job as a chef at Severn Trent Water, she wanted to do something which allowed her to spend more time with her young family.
So, she started volunteering in the classroom at Shelton Infants School, where her children attend, which firmed up her decision to become a TA. Charmaine is currently employed as a dinner lady at the school but hopes to get a job as a TA once she has completed her level 3 course.
I decided to go to Derby College partly because other people at school had done their TA course there and also because I'd had a good experience when I did my chef's course.
I'm enjoying my Level 3. The teaching staff are very helpful and if I run into difficulties I can talk to Jo, my student tutor.