Trained by Carousel Training Centre in Mayfield Nursery, Sidrah now works in Little Wonders Nursery as a qualified practitioner.
A young Glasgow male is an “inspirational and positive role model” to the children in the nursery school where he work.
Liam McColl started his Modern Apprenticeship in Childcare last summer and has become part of the close-knit team at Southside Daycare, in Nitshill.
“I have always wanted to work with children and thought about primary school teaching in the future. I went to a school careers fair and spoke with members of the marketing department at Carousel Training Centre who told me about the training opportunities available in the Modern Apprenticeship in Childcare.” said Liam.
The former St Paul’s High School pupil was keen to develop those skills because he has a son, William, who is now three.
“I felt it would help me with my son and I did an induction before being offered a three-month work trial at Southside and then a Modern Apprenticeship.” said Liam.
He feels the best part of his job is seeing the young children in his care progressing and learning.
“I feel I have developed a lot since I have been here and I enjoy coming to work every day. I would say to anyone thinking about an apprenticeship to go for it.” said Liam.
Nursery manager, Claire Thorburn has 12 members of staff at the Woodhead Road nursery where Liam is the only male employee.
“The reaction from the children when Liam first came in was amazing. They just took to him right away. He has a good approach with them and is very calm.” said Claire.
She said the nursery was also keen to offer opportunities for local people.
“We want to give people in our community the chance to get high quality training, learn and gain the skills that will help them develop their careers.” she explained.
Claire added: “Liam has been a positive and inspirational role model for the children who think he is terrific. He also encourages the dads to be more involved with their children’s development and encourages them to get involved in the children’s interests.”
Karen Robertson, Senior Marketing Officer at Carousel Training Centre, said Liam had made a strong contribution to his workplace since the start of his apprenticeship training.
“Carousel Training Centre is firmly committed to improving equality of access to Modern Apprenticeships in Childcare for all. Apprenticeships are a fantastic route into work for young people, offering the opportunity to secure employment, earn a salary and gain a qualification all at the same time. We have been working closely with Liam and Claire and can see how his skills have developed. It is inspiring to see a young man choosing to work in this sector, which has traditionally high numbers of female workers, and to see how Liam is successfully progressing in his chosen career.”