Borders College

Employability success for Childcare apprentice

One particular Borders College Employability Fund candidate has taken huge steps over the past year in her quest toward becoming a qualified Nursery Assistant.

When Molly Lester was first referred to the College’s Employability Fund provision, she lacked confidence and was just hoping for the best possible outcome. She was hopeful of an opportunity in a childcare work placement where she could develop relevant skills, mature as an individual and learn all about working in a nursery. She also hoped to increase her confidence levels by developing relationships with staff, parents and the children.

During her 12 week placement at Sunrise Nursery in Duns, Molly developed her skills and grew in both confidence and motivation. Molly’s development has been recognised by the nursery, who have offered her the opportunity to continue her progression as a Modern Apprentice in Childcare.

Molly Lester

Lynsey Denholm, Manager at Sunrise Nursery, commented: “Molly started as an Employability Fund candidate through Borders College and quickly built up a relationship with the children as she has a very calm and caring manner. She was always willing to help and keen to learn about all aspects of working in the nursery. We were delighted when the opportunity arose to take Molly on as an apprentice as she has really become part of the team and is now able to gain a childcare qualification whilst working at Sunrise.”

Molly is taking this all in her stride, saying: “My apprenticeship is going very well. I am learning about things that I had not considered before and I grow in confidence every day. The staff have always been very supportive and my SVQ will be invaluable to my future career.”

The Employability Fund aids candidates in achieving an SQA accredited qualification or short course certification alongside some work experience over an agreed timescale. The main objective is to give candidates the opportunity to build confidence and gain worthwhile experience in a vocational area of their choice as well as enhance their CV. Following successful completion there may be an opportunity for employment.

For more information on National Training Programmes available at Borders College, contact:

Fiona Turnbull – 01896 662573 /

Greig Forrest – 01896 662673 /

Published: Tue 28th Mar, 2017