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My chosen route: Katie's story

There's something for everyone after GCSEs and you don't have to follow one path.

Katie decided that A levels weren't for her...

When I was approaching year 11 and thinking of what to do next, I knew that I didn't want to stay at school for A levels; I wanted a different option where I could work and carry on learning. In years 10 and 11 at Queen Elizabeth School I went to information sessions about apprenticeships and went to career fairs where employers shared information on the apprenticeships they were offering.

Katie's career journey


  • Queen Elizabeth's School Wimborne
  • Children and Young People's Workforce (Intermediate) through Apprenticeship with Wessex Training and Assessment Ltd
  • Qualified Children and Young People's Workforce worker, Early Years Teacher


What was your learning journey?


I knew I wanted to work with children so at one of the careers evenings I spoke to someone from Orchard Day Nurseries about apprenticeships. I did my work shadowing placement at the nursery as part of my work experience programme at school and really enjoyed it.

I emailed Orchard Day Nurseries and asked about apprenticeship opportunities; I had an interview and was offered a Children and Young People's Workforce Apprenticeship.

An apprenticeship is a job where you learn the skills, knowledge and behaviours while you are working and being paid. I learn best by doing and that's why the apprenticeship approach to learning suits me. I had theory work to do alongside my work and this was completed in working hours with the support of:

  • my tutor
  • the assessor from the provider supporting the apprenticeship
  • my employer
As written work is not my strong point, I found it easier with the support of my tutor, Kelly. I also completed my English and ICT Functional Skills as it was a requirement of my theory work.

What are you doing now?


I completed the apprenticeship earlier this year and continue to work at Orchard Day Nurseries as a Children and Young People's Workforce worker.

I am looking forward to my next career step now that the apprenticeship has started my career and given me more confidence.

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