Katie’s success recognised in Scottish Apprenticeship Week

Katie Phinn Early Education and Childcare student has been shortlisted for the Foundation Apprentice of the year award.

“Last year I completed a Foundation Apprenticeship in Early Education and Childcare. I am profoundly deaf and a cochlear implant user; without them, I hear nothing. The FA was one of my S6 course choices when I was at Braeview Academy.  I was in college two afternoons every week and had a work experience placement with the Deaf Education Service for another two afternoons. 

I was supported by staff from this service throughout primary and secondary school, and in my last couple of years at Braeview, I decided to find out more about my options for working with children and young people myself. My placement was at Claypotts Castle Primary, and I had the opportunity to work with deaf and hearing pupils at different stages in the school. 

This really cemented my ambition to work with deaf children and young people.  I felt really proud that I could be a role model for them as I didn't know anyone who was deaf when I was growing up.  It was important that the deaf pupils could relate to my experiences, and I built up strong relationships with them. 

The work experience was also really helpful for developing my skills in communication with deaf and hearing pupils and adults, supporting pupils in their learning, helping me generally with my confidence, and giving me a great taster of what it's like in a workplace.

I couldn't believe it when I was shortlisted for the Foundation Apprentice of the Year; it felt unreal. I would never expect something like this to happen to me.  I am really proud that I have been nominated, to me that already feels like I have won.

This year I have been studying for an NC and I have a conditional offer to carry on and do the HNC.  I'm not sure if that's the route I'll take as I would be really interested to apply for a Modern Apprenticeship in Education if there are any available in Dundee.  I do know that I really see myself working with and supporting deaf children in the future.”

Dundee and Angus College is extremely proud of Katie and is delighted that her hard work has been recognised.