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When Bethany Cole fell pregnant in her 6th form, her career plans had to take a change of direction. She had hoped to study midwifery at university but ended up attending a Health and Social Care course at Newbury College. Talking to a friend, she heard it was possible to work in a nursery as an Apprentice, earn money and train in childcare whilst on the job! Paragon Skills helped Bethany find a job at Jubilee Day Nursery where she could study her level 2 in Childcare alongside working, the perfect solution for new mum aged 19 and now with a one year old.

“It was my first ever interview and starting in a whole new environment with people I had never met before took me out of comfort zone. I really wanted to prove to others that just because I had a baby at a young age, it wasn’t going to stop me from getting the career I dreamed of and being a role model for my daughter.”



Now working as a Nursery Practitioner still at Jubilee Day Nursery, Bethany explains that she is now a lot more confident, especially as she had suffered from anxiety and depression in previous years. “I’d like to think I proved those wrong who said I had messed up my life by having a baby so young. I hope I inspire others by showing that no matter what life throws at you, you can learn to embrace it and work towards your dream. Learning a new skill can open so many doors for you, whether you’re young or old”.


I completed my Level 3 children and young people's workforce with Paragon. I couldn’t have asked for a better tutor! She was always there to help (no matter what time of day!), quick response with helpful advice to texts, emails or calls and came to see me at my nursery once a month without fail! I wouldn't have been able to get through it without her.



Why Choose Paragon?

20 % of our learners progress onto the next level qualification
1500 The number of employers we work with in England
89 % of employers say apprentices make their business more productive

Bethany is currently on track to complete her Level 3 in Childcare and plans to go on to do a teacher training course and become a teaching assistant.

“I’d like to thank Paragon Skills. My assessor was amazing and if it wasn’t for her I don’t think I would have got where I am today.”



To find out more about how you can gain a Business Administration qualification at Paragon Skills visit our site here or call 0800 783 2545.