Childs’ Play - the making of a new career

Briony had all the skills and qualities she needed to get her nursery nurse apprenticeship, but Sarina Russo Job Access gave her the right advice and a placement at a nursery to make her dream of joining the work force a reality.

"I am so happy I have been given the opportunity to become a qualified nursery nurse and I will enjoy my work for many years.

On my first day at Sarina Russo Job Access my personal adviser, Simon explained we would be found a work placement of our choice that day. I had already started my NVQ in childcare, so I immediately chose to be in a nursery. I had been looking and hoping for an apprenticeship but as it is a popular course, I had no success.

Simon also told me he could help with finances, managing money and getting out of debt along with helping with benefits we may be entitled to and receiving help for personal problems.

The following day I was placed in a nursery and I mentioned to the manager about looking for an apprenticeship. She said they had one going for the right candidate. I didn't get my hopes up and just did what I thought was correct. After only two days she decided I was the one for the position. I was thrilled as I had started to bond with the children and the staff.

Thanks Simon for giving me the placement, your help and your support, and to Hannah for giving me the apprenticeship and all the staff at the nursery for being so welcoming".