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Q&A with Former Apprentice Teaching Assistant, Lisa Foster from Rochdale Borough Council at Lower Place Primary School.


Why did you choose to do an apprenticeship? What were you doing previously?

I chose to do the apprenticeship because I wanted to achieve more and I knew that I wanted to work with children. I am really good with children. Before I did the apprenticeship, I worked as a textile machinist and have done this since leaving school.


What skills or other qualifications have you developed whilst on your apprenticeship?

I have gained skills in how to support child development, including how to support and work with SEN children.

I have gained knowledge of policies and procedures including Safeguarding and Prevent.

Maths Level 2 Functional Skills

English Level 2 Functional Skills

Teaching Assistant Level 3 Apprenticeship


What challenges do you feel you have overcome, whilst on your apprenticeship?

I have autism, dyslexia, dyspraxia and developmental language disorder. These have all been challenges to me throughout my life, that have hindered me from being able to achieve anything prior to coming to Rochdale Training. When I was at school, learning needs were not recognised or supported and so I was always just left to get on with it, without any proper support.


How was Rochdale Training as your training provider?

The best. I feel that Rochdale Training has supported me in all aspects of my learning. It's like they have just understood and accepted me for who I am. It has felt nice to be able to talk about the support I need and actually get that support. Also, it is nice that Rochdale Training acknowledges that everyone can achieve, no matter what their difficulties are.


Would you recommend apprenticeships?

Yes – It's good because you learn on the job, whilst being paid. You can also get your maths and English at the same time. I think apprenticeships are the best way to get a qualification.


Would you recommend Rochdale Training?

Yes – As mentioned above. Rochdale Training has a very supportive team who care about people who want to do better for themselves.


A quote from you about how you felt your apprenticeship went/how you feel about it

My apprenticeship has been life-changing for me and my family. I have gained skills and knowledge that I have for life and I have gained my maths and English, which takes away barriers for me when applying for jobs in the future.

Lisa’s Tutor Charlotte Baron said: When Lisa came to Rochdale Training, she commented that if she left Rochdale Training with one certificate, it would be one more than she has ever had.

She has left us with 5 certificates and has been offered a permanent role at the school. She has worked so hard and been so determined to do well, she has done herself proud.”


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