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Apprenticeship trial shift

recently ive been to an interview for a level 3 early years apprenticeship, and i’m assuming it went well as i’ve been offered a trial shift next week wednesday. what can i expect from the trial shift? how can i increase my chances of being chosen?
Original post by djjsakjw
recently ive been to an interview for a level 3 early years apprenticeship, and i’m assuming it went well as i’ve been offered a trial shift next week wednesday. what can i expect from the trial shift? how can i increase my chances of being chosen?

Hi there,

Congratulations on the trial shift!

With what to expect I would advise you go into it with a completely fresh perspective. With you working in a primary school setting you'll encounter things you won't have anticipated, children like to keep us adults on our toes! The best piece of advice I feel I can give you is to be as proactive and helpful as you can. The staff members within school will appreciate you are new and will expect you to be a bit shy and reserved. The best thing you can do is offer to help: hand out worksheets if you're supporting in-class, ask where the students' books are to hand them out, interact with students positively. This will help you stand out from the crowd and hopefully then the feedback from teachers will be really good too.

Hope this helps and good luck with everything!

Ethan
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Original post by Yipiyap_EthanP
Hi there,
Congratulations on the trial shift!
With what to expect I would advise you go into it with a completely fresh perspective. With you working in a primary school setting you'll encounter things you won't have anticipated, children like to keep us adults on our toes! The best piece of advice I feel I can give you is to be as proactive and helpful as you can. The staff members within school will appreciate you are new and will expect you to be a bit shy and reserved. The best thing you can do is offer to help: hand out worksheets if you're supporting in-class, ask where the students' books are to hand them out, interact with students positively. This will help you stand out from the crowd and hopefully then the feedback from teachers will be really good too.
Hope this helps and good luck with everything!
Ethan

hey ethan,

thanks for the response! so from what you've mentioned basically i should just interact with the kids as much as possible? ive worked in a primary school setting before for like a good 8 months so i feel like this kind of stands out on my part as i have that experience, and i am quite confident when it comes to kids.

thanks again for the response! 🙂
Original post by djjsakjw
hey ethan,
thanks for the response! so from what you've mentioned basically i should just interact with the kids as much as possible? ive worked in a primary school setting before for like a good 8 months so i feel like this kind of stands out on my part as i have that experience, and i am quite confident when it comes to kids.
thanks again for the response! 🙂

Hi - happy to help.

It's a huge part of the role being able to build a positive rapport with students, so yes it's a key skill to be able to demonstrate. It may very well be that staff members take the lead on anything behaviour/retention related, or that you get given advice to pass any issues onto a member of staff in which case having effective communication with teachers is also really key. Showing you can integrate as part of their team will also stand you in good stead.

Again - best of luck!

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