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Teaching assistant Paula proves it's never too late to learn; FOUNDATION APPRENTICE OF THE YEAR PAULA BLUNDELL.

"It's never too late to learn," says Paula Blundell, who works as a teaching assistant and midday supervisor at Ysgol Mynydd Isa, near Mold.

Paula, a 40-year-old mother of one, has completed a Foundation Apprenticeship for Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools through Wrexham IteC and is now working towards an apprenticeship after being bitten by the learning bug.

"I want to show other people who have a family to look after that it is never too late to learn," she said. "I never thought I could do it, but I have and I am moving on to a higher level now. It has opened up a whole new world to me and I am doing a job I love. I am looking forward to learning in the future and throughout my career."

Paula, who lives in Bryn-Y-Baal, near Mold, confesses that she never found a job that she truly enjoyed after leaving school with a handful of GCSEs at the age of 16.

Her new career began when she secured a post as midday supervisor at her son's school and started helping out in class. She really enjoyed working with the children and was encouraged to begin a Foundation Apprenticeship.

"Despite not having studied for over 20 years, I thoroughly enjoyed researching and developing my skills and knowledge," she said. "I love supporting the children and seeing their faces when something clicks for them. It is a great honour to be trusted and I always strive to do my best for them."
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Publication:Daily Post (Conwy, Wales)
Date:Oct 24, 2013
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