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As part of its ongoing commitment to nurturing its own talent and supporting local communities Kiddi Caru Day Nurseries is celebrating the success of one of its ‘super apprentices’ – Kayleigh Willows.
Kiddi Caru first launched its apprentice scheme in 2012 and initially saw each of its nineteen nurseries recruiting up to two full time apprentices each year.
Kayleigh Willows started at Kiddi Caru as a Modern Apprentice. Three years on she is now a fully qualified Nursery Practitioner, having successfully achieved through Acacia training level 2 and level 3 Diploma for the Children and Young Peoples Workforce: Early Learning and Childcare Pathway.
Kayleigh has grown within her role and is a true advocate of the ‘grow your own’ ethos. She enrolled straight from school not achieving her desired academic results. Kayleigh completed her key skills and embraced the knowledge about childcare that she learnt through attending weekly workshops.
Working in partnership with Acacia Training Kayleigh was given one to one support from an assessor who regularly visited the nursery to observe Kayleigh in practice. Kayleigh has been recognised for her hard work and commitment in becoming a finalist at the recent Nursery Award Ceremony within the newcomer category and later receiving the acclamation of ‘Highly Commended’ in addition to being put forward as Apprentice of the Year by Acacia Training.
Caron Moseley, Marketing Manager at Kiddi Caru comments, “One of the fundamental principles behind the success of Kiddi Caru is that we grow our own talent by supporting the learning and development of existing employees through the provision of mentors and access to funds where possible. The apprenticeship scheme is a natural extension of this principle.
“Through our apprenticeship scheme we can continue to recruit and develop people who will ultimately become full time team members. Kayleigh’s success and dedication are a reflection of the difference an apprenticeship can make to a young person’s life. She has been well supported by Tracey Callan, Manager and her team from our Plympton nursery and we are absolutely delighted to have this wonderful young woman as part of our Kiddi Caru family.
“We will be continuing to invest in our apprentice scheme - we are very mindful of the fact that in the current economic climate it has become increasingly difficult for young adults to get that important first step on the ladder to their chosen career and it is important to Kiddi Caru to do something to help support the communities in which we operate.”