Award-winning apprentice won’t let autism get in the way – South Wales Argus

Ellie Curtis at Little Tigers Nursery, Rogiet

A CHILDCARE apprentice who worried that her autism would affect her career prospects, is sharing her experience to show other disabled people how rewarding an apprenticeship can be, as part of Dyslexia Awareness Week.

Ellie Curtis, from Rogiet, always wanted to work with young children, having been inspired by her mother who worked as a childminder.

Ms Curtis, 20, said: “I attended college to study childcare, but I felt there was very little support for my additional learning needs as I’m autistic and have dyslexia, so I often struggled to keep up with what the tutor was asking of us.

“At school I had a support worker that I could talk to if I was feeling overwhelmed, or if I needed some more time to understand and work through my courses. When I joined college, I started to feel isolated and lost.

“I knew I wanted to work with young children, so I looked into other routes. I turned to ACT Training for support who pointed me in the direction of an apprenticeship. They told me that on-the-job training would give me the additional support I was looking for.”

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