Opportunity to train part-time as a teaching assistant

Telford College is launching a new range of part-time courses to train a fresh generation of school and childcare teaching assistants. The college is holding two ‘supporting teaching and learning’ information sessions at its Haybridge campus on September 4, at 10am and 4pm, to showcase its level two and level three courses.

Learner manager Tracy Leah explained: “These courses are an excellent way to start a career supporting children in schools, while maintaining an excellent work-life balance.

“Teachers work in a wide variety of settings; in schools and colleges from nursery to secondary level, in further or higher education, and in the statutory and private sectors.

“You can work as a general teacher – particularly in a primary school, where teachers tend to work across the whole curriculum – specialise in one subject area, or focus on children with special educational needs.”

Tracy added: “Our teaching assistant courses are specially designed for those who enjoy being with children and young people and are enthusiastic about sharing knowledge.

“We’re looking for good communicators who are ready to work hard in an environment that can be quite tough, and people who are resilient, flexible and well organised. It also helps to have a sense of humour.

“What’s more, if your household income is less than ¬£16,000, you could enrol on this course for free.”

Former hairdresser Leanne Vincent, from Madeley | Telford College
Former hairdresser Leanne Vincent, from Madeley | Telford College

Former hairdresser Leanne Vincent, from Madeley, began a new career as a teaching assistant, with a helping hand from Telford College.

She had originally trained as a hairdresser at Francesco’s Academy when she left the Abraham Darby School before a career rethink, and used her qualification to get a job at Woodlands Primary and Nursery School in Madeley.

Leanne said: “If you’re thinking about going back to college to retrain, I would definitely recommend Telford College’s courses. Your confidence and knowledge will grow and you will be able to achieve new and exciting things.”

Signing up for a foundation degree in early years childcare at Telford College also turned out to be a life-changing experience for mother-of-two Nicola Jones.

Nicola Jones from Randlay, who progressed to a BA honours degree | Telford College
Nicola Jones from Randlay, who progressed to a BA honours degree | Telford College

Nicola, from Randlay, wanted to update her existing National Nursery Examination Board qualification, and set herself on the road to a teaching career.

It proved to be the right decision. Nicola graduated from Telford College with a distinction, and progressed onto a BA honours degree in childhood studies at University of Wolverhampton, gaining a first.

She said: “Initially I chose Telford College as it was the nearest to where I lived that ran the course. However, it soon became obvious that the college was also a fantastic choice due to the teaching and support given by the lecturers – they all gave 100% to the students.

“It was a life-changing experience for me; I have achieved something that I never thought was possible.”

To reserve a place at the teaching and learning information event, call 01952 642237 or email: info@telfordcollege.ac.uk


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