Childcare Apprentices go on a Bear Hunt for WorldSkills

Childcare Apprentices from the Grimsby Institute took to the stage at the WorldSkills UK Skills Show at the Birmingham NEC to perform interactive versions of the popular children’s story, We’re Going on a Bear Hunt, and the nursery rhyme, Five Little Ducks.

We’re Going on a Bear Hunt, a story written by Michael Rosen and illustrated by Helen Oxbury, tells how a family go in search of a bear and wade through grass, splash through a river and squelch through mud and get a surprise when they arrive at a cave at the edge of a dark forest.

Debbie Limb, Childcare Tutor and Assessor, said: “The Apprentices demonstrated their skills in bringing children’s stories, songs and rhymes to life, capturing the imagination of the audience at the NEC. The Apprentices worked as a team to prepare for this event negotiating how to use their talents. Some moved the props whilst others performed to illustrate the main story line. The Apprentices also worked together to bring songs and rhymes to life. They supported one another in learning the new skill of ‘Makaton’ sign language to make the performance inclusive.”

The Skills Show inspires and transforms young people’s lives through a series of interactive events held across the UK, changing the way we think about skills, training and apprenticeships. The national show, the UK’s largest skills and careers event, was held at Birmingham NEC, and the Grimsby Institute is now organising a local event, Lincs2Guidance Skills Show, which is being held at The Auditorium in Grimsby on July 1st.

Nineteen-year-old, Ellie Hough, a Level 2 Apprentice at Middlethorpe Primary School, said “We were asked to put together a performance that showcased our talent and we decided to put together and interactive performance of We’re Going on a Bear Hunt and a Makaton version of Five Little Ducks, which we did with Level 3 Apprentices aswell. “We did a lot of practicing and it took us ten weeks to learn the Makaton, which was quite complicated. Being on an Apprenticeship is important because you learn the first-hand what it’s like to be in that situation and it was great to perform at the showcase where we also got the chance to see what other people our age are doing.”

Debbie added: “We are very proud of the Apprentices achievements, growing in confidence to be able to perform on a large stage in front of hundreds of people. The Apprentices have contributed to their employability skills making this event a worthwhile learning experience. We feel that these Apprentices have really done the Institute proud showing that hard work and dedication really does pay.”

Anyone interested in Apprenticeships can visit www.grimsby.ac.uk/apprenticeships, telephone 0800 315 002 or why not come along to our interactive Open Event on Thursday 13th March from 4.30pm-8pm.