Heather Cameron Shares her Apprenticeship Story

Heather Cameron Shares her Apprenticeship Story

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Heather Cameron at An Cotan Nursery

It’s never been more important to show our support for apprenticeships. This week LCC UHI are celebrating Scottish Apprenticeship Week 2021 by sharing and celebrating the stories of our apprentices and the staff and businesses who support them.

This year’s theme is Business Backing Talent, to showcase the great things that happen when employers back talent through apprenticeships. 

Businesses have adapted to challenging times. Employers and learning providers have innovated so apprentices can learn, achieve and progress. While businesses taking on apprentices have developed new and safe ways to recruit in their commitment to backing talent.

Heather Cameron is currently undertaking her Social Services Children & Young People Modern Apprenticeship with LCC UHI at An Cotan Childcare Centre.

  • Why did you choose to do an apprenticeship?

I chose to do an apprenticeship because I left school and wanted to work in childcare. I came across the apprenticeship post and felt it was a good opportunity to go straight into working and work towards a qualification at the same time

  • What is special/unique about an apprenticeship at LCC UHI? What opportunities did it offer you?

Doing my apprenticeship through LCC UHI is unique because, I was based in one nursery which allowed me to really get to know the nursery and the children, this showed me how nurseries work and by the end of my apprenticeship I will be fully qualified and able to further my experience.

  • What skills and experience did your apprenticeship provide?

My apprenticeship allowed me to further my knowledge about childcare, how to work alongside colleagues and a lot of experience in a nursery with different age groups.

  • What would you say to any local business thinking about taking on and supporting an apprentice?

I would say to any local businesses considering taking on an apprentice, that it is a great way for someone to gain a lot of experience and really be involved in a business.

Erica Gearty, An Cotan’s Manager added: “Having MA students in the workplace is an asset to our service. They become part of the staff team and are willing contributors in all that we do. The extensive experience of our staff is passed onto our students who will in turn carry this forward into their future working environments.’