Hanna's experience of school was quite negative. She had always wanted to become a teacher but she left school with few qualifications and many unhappy memories.
Things took a turn for the better when Hanna enrolled on a Key to Apprenticeships programme in childcare with Aigburth Training Opportunities (ATO). At first, Hanna's attendance was inconsistent, so instead of going out on an external work placement, she gained her practical experience at ATO's on-site nursery, Little Explorers. This worked well for Hanna, and she achieved all her qualifications on the 26 week Key to Apprenticeships programme including:
• Level 2 Certificate in Children's Care, Learning and Development
• Level 2 Award in Personal and Social Development
• Level 1 Literacy and Numeracy
• Level 2 Problem Solving, Working with Others, and Improving Own Learning and Development
• Level 2 CIEH Health and Safety amd Food Safety
• Award in Paediatric First Aid
• Employment Rights and Responsibilities
After completing the Key to Apprenticeship programme, Hanna had developed such strong childcare skills that ATO decided to employ her as a nursery assistant at Little Explorers, on a full apprenticeship. She quickly became a highly valued member of staff and an able and motivated student. Hanna achieved her advanced apprenticeship and Level 3 qualifications in 2011. In September 2011 she started on a full honours degree in Children and Youth Studies at Hope University.
As a Muslim, Hanna has been instrumental in helping staff develop an understanding of the Islamic faith, culture, and traditions. She is an invaluable resource, particularly in helping shape nursery services to meet the needs of children and parents who share her faith. Hanna has arranged for children and staff at Little Explorers to visit a local mosque, and during Eid she welcomed parents to the nursery, making Eid cards and participating in celebrations.
Thanks to Aigburth Training Opportunities and their Key to Apprenticeship programme, Hanna is on a structured, promising career path, firmly focused on her original aspiration of becoming a primary school teacher. She has become a true asset at Little Explorers, and has forged strong links with the local Muslim community.