Abbie Thompson is a Level 2 Apprenticeship Graduate currently trying to move up to Level 3
I have struggled for a long time to get to where I want to be in my career. I wanted to progress from level 2 to level 3 and then go on to study early years at university, but I was told that this would not be possible, due to the changes in early years qualifications requirement.
The GCSE-only rule means that hard-working and passionate staff members like me aren’t able to progress. I strongly believe that the skills and characteristics that matter most – to help become a successful early years educator – are to be caring, a good communicator, a good listener and to have confidence and patience. Not GCSEs.
Reinstating Functional Skills as an alternative to the GCSE requirement would mean everything to me. At last, I would have the opportunity to study level 3 and progress much further in my career, without a restriction.