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Hannah Woodward

South Shields, UK

BA (Hons) Community and Youth Work (Integrated Degree Apprenticeship)

Working as a project worker for a registered women’s charity, Hannah Woodward decided to undertake a degree apprenticeship in community and youth work to improve her own practice. She’s discovered a renewed passion for her field and is already seeing the difference her learning has made to her workplace and hopes to complete a PhD someday.

I’m currently a project worker for Bright Futures – a registered charity that works with young women to help them tackle the biggest challenges in their life. My role involves delivering and planning youth work sessions, providing informal education, offering one to one comprehensive sexuality education (CSE), and delivering outreach in schools.

I already had my level 3 qualification as a youth support worker, but I decided to enrol on the BA (Hons) Community and Youth Work (Integrated Degree Apprenticeship) at the University of Sunderland to enhance my practice. Although balancing an apprenticeship with employment can be tricky, I made sure I kept on top of my organisation by utilising my time management skills. The apprenticeship has really renewed my passion and interest for my field and the learning has been instrumental for my workplace in terms of the theory I’m now using to underpin my practice. In the future, I’d love to meet further academic milestones such as publishing my work and working towards a PhD.

To anyone thinking of studying for an apprenticeship at Sunderland, I’d say do it! It’ll take your career to the next level. My experience has been incredible – I’ve learned a tremendous amount and enjoyed every second. It’s pushed me out of my comfort zone in the best way possible and I’ve learned so much about myself and my field. I’m excited for what’s next!”

Published 3 May 2024

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