Emily worked at a nursery and was furloughed at the start of the pandemic. Due to family and personal health issues, she also found herself shielding. Being a creative learner, who enjoys thinking outside the box, she found ways to support the nursery even during furlough.
Emily is a Supported Apprentice with an Education and Health Care plan. A plan for young people aged up to 25 who require more support with their learning needs. She timetabled her learning, with the support of her job coach, to ensure her week covered all aspects of her life; including her studies, life at home, the return to work and free time to relax. It was challenging to work remotely and learn almost completely via Zoom. Emily, however, has risen to every challenge! She quickly progressed onto a higher level within the apprenticeship to pursue her dream of becoming a sports teaching assistant.
In addition, Emily has contended with family health issues during the pandemic. Her relationships at home changed and Emily took on a caring role to ensure the wellbeing of relatives. She continued to progress, through it all, maintaining enthusiasm in this challenging period of life, all while ensuring the health of those around her. Her happy persona reflects in her work and in the care she provided her family. She’s a real creative superstar!