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 to build your career?
·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
The course will be designed in order to provide you with the necessary knowledge, skills and behaviours to support learning across a range of educational institutions.
Working with your teacher, you will adapt tasks to match your starting points, career aspirations and current level of skills.
Level 3 education and training qualifications received at Derby College helped animal sciences lecturer Josh Carter review his options after he was diagnosed with a debilitating health condition.
Josh, who is 29, lives with osteoarthritis and spondylolysis which can affect his mobility and causes him severe pain during a flare up.
Originally from South Wales, he first came to the East Midlands to study for a BSc in zoology at Nottingham Trent University. After graduating he worked in various roles, including in education and training for a chain of noodle bars and as a freelance animal consultant helping institutes with their licensing process
Unsure of what to do after his condition worsened, he sought careers advice and through the Job Centre was put in touch with Towards Work, part of the national Building Better Opportunities Programme, which is based at Derby College.
Josh said: “Towards Work were so helpful and pointed me in the direction of the Level 3 Education and Training course at the Roundhouse. Because of health issues I qualified for funding through the programme and they assisted me with that too.
I liked the course. Our lecturers were supportive and understanding of my access needs. They made practical adjustments such as ensuring I had good access to the lift as mobility can be a problem. They also had someone else to take notes for me when necessary. When I have a flare up, I need to take exceptionally strong medication which can affect my concentration.”
Since completing the course Josh has started a job as an animal science lecturer at Nottingham College.
He added: “I didn’t think I’d be offered this job as I haven’t got my PGCE yet, but my level 3 in Education and Training plus my wide industry experience both in animals science and in training people went very much in my favour.”
I liked the course. Our lecturers were supportive and understanding of my access needs. They made practical adjustments such as ensuring I had good access to the lift as mobility can be a problem. They also had someone else to take notes for me when necessary. When I have a flare up, I need to take exceptionally strong medication which can affect my concentration.