Case study: Amy Pogmore
Amy fell pregnant at 15 when she was in her final year of secondary school. This meant she faced a range of barriers upon returning to education, but when her son was only a few months old she enrolled on a Level 1 childcare programme and was supported through our Stage 3 support programme. Amy showed great ability and interest and successfully completed both her Level 1 and Level 2 qualifications along with placements at a range of care settings whilst caring for her son as a single parent and caring for her ill mother.
Amy remained motivated and driven to gain a Level 3 Apprenticeship with a nursery and began to apply for a range of posts after leaving college. This process proved difficult for her and she began to become disheartened. After sharing her concerns with IAF staff, Amy was given the opportunity to volunteer for the charity - which she jumped at, and was given the support to apply for sponsorship from a businesses to cover the costs of her childcare whilst volunteering.
Throughout this, staff continued to support Amy and encouraged her to apply for jobs and prepare for interviews, and soon enough she was offered a full-time Level 3 Apprenticeship. It transpires that her new employers had been so impressed that she was a volunteer and had gained work experience despite her childcare situation, that they offered her a job! She continues to progress in her role and also receives on-going support from the charity to plan her future careers options and prospects.