Being An Apprentice

At Bright Horizons, we are very proud of our apprentices and what they have achieved. Shanice Pledge joined Bright Horizons Oxford Business Park as an apprentice almost 10 years ago, and what a journey she has had! She’s accomplished so much since then and has worked her way up to become a Deputy Manager! Read Shanice’s apprenticeship journey below.

Shanice Pledge, Deputy Manager - Oxford Business Park Day Nursery and Preschool

“After studying childcare in school, I did a number of early years placements and really enjoyed it. I was successful in applying for a Level 2 apprenticeship position with Bright Horizons. I gained so much knowledge and experience and progressed through the course in a short space of time. After completing my Level 2, I was offered a full-time permanent position, which enabled me to complete my Level 3. Louisa Devonport (our Bright Horizons Professional Development Talent Manager) was my Assessor throughout my Level 2 and 3, she was unbelievably supportive and really gave me the confidence to pursue much more as a career.

After completing my Level 3 a Room Leader opportunity came up. I successfully took up the role for 5 years, however circumstances in the nursery at the time meant that I was also acting as a Third in Charge. This stretched my knowledge and learning even further, so much so that when an official Third in Charge position became available I felt confident enough to apply for it. I was a Third in Charge for a further 3 years and thanks to the encouragement, training and support from my Manager, I have just recently been successful in becoming a Deputy Manager!

Without the Level 2 and 3 apprenticeships I would not have had the understanding, the confidence or the skills to be where I’m at now. My advice to anyone wishing to start an apprenticeship is: “It’s brilliant, speak with your manager about your career aspirations first, so that a plan can be put in place to help you on that journey. With hard work and dedication you can achieve a lot!”

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