Emma Walls, childcare apprentice at Calderdale College, swapped the classroom for the principal’s hot seat and took charge of the college.
Chris Jones, principal at the college, traded places and swapped his office for Hipperholme and Lightcliffe Day Nursery in Brighouse. He spent the morning as a nursery assistant and learnt about Emma’s daily routine.
Mr Jones said: “Apprenticeships enable young people to develop the necessary skills directly in the workplace and help them progress on to higher education. Emma is a great ambassador for apprenticeships and it is lovely to see her using what she has learnt at the college in the nursery.”
He worked with the pre-school team to support the children in their morning activities which included play with water, making models and building words during literacy time while Emma was given an overview of the principal’s role, helped chair two meetings, had a tour of the new facilities and shared her experiences of being an apprentice.
The 19-year-old, who is now in the final stages of her level three apprenticeship in Childcare and Young People Services, will continue to work and train at the nursery. She said: “It was an eye-opening experience and was great to see what goes on behind the scenes. I developed my communication and interpersonal skills and it was really interesting and completely different to what I do at the nursery.”