DCG is offering this key introductory programme to prepare young people for a full-time apprenticeship in a professional field. Our Academy of Professional Education is continually considered to be outstanding in ensuring young people and adults secure a career in education and progress to the world of work or 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?
Our new short Pre-Apprenticeship programme - Teaching Assistant will provide you with the key foundations to help you gain an apprenticeship in educational support or progress into Early Years or Health and Social Care. The programme will provide you with the necessary knowledge, skills and behaviours to support learning across a range of educational institutions.
The programme will be delivered by our experienced specialist learning support team on a full-time basis. Teaching is designed to support you to build your confidence and collaborate with others, so you are ready and motivated to take the next step to an apprenticeship or further study.
By completing this course, you will receive a College Achievement Certificate and have the opportunity to achieve a Level 2 in Safeguarding and Prevent. Your achievements may be accredited in any further study.
You will be assessed through completion of key activities and assessments, 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.
Taking a diploma course via Derby College's Academy of Professional Education Training and Development, reminded teaching assistant Laura Stevens just how much she loves learning. Laura, a business studies and marketing graduate, used to work in marketing at a Derby-based medical firm, but decided to change career after having children.
She had always been interested in education so she started volunteering at her children's primary school in Quarndon – a role which led to a permanent job as a teaching assistant. On the recommendation of the school, Laura enrolled on the Level 3 Diploma in Specialist Support for Teaching and Learning in Schools course at the Roundhouse and thoroughly enjoyed it.
Although fitting in study with raising her two children and working part-time was "a juggling act", Laura finds her new career very rewarding. It is, she says, the perfect choice for herself and her family, and Laura is now looking forward to studying for her Level 4 qualification.
My lecturer, Lynn was amazing – very friendly and supportive. Most of the people on my course were also parents with young families and our tutors understood the pressures we were under.
I loved studying – it was lovely to be back learning again – and I also liked learning with other people, who, like me, had taken a break and were now returning to work.
We set up our own WhatsApp group so we could help each other with our coursework. It’s a great course and I can’t recommend it highly enough.