Awards made to learners working in childcare

Mayor of Bedford Borough, Dave Hodgson with BTAC Learner of the Year, Claire Disapia, and  Sadie Thornton her BTAC assessor.
Mayor of Bedford Borough, Dave Hodgson with BTAC Learner of the Year, Claire Disapia, and Sadie Thornton her BTAC assessor.

The annual celebration evening for Bedford Training and Assessment Centre (BTAC) has taken place at Borough Hall in Bedford.

Mayor of Bedford, Dave Hodgson, awarded learners with their BTAC qualification certificates which includes those working in the Early Years, teaching assistants, play-workers or social care sectors.

Among those was BTAC Learner of the Year, Claire Disapia, who is a child minder in the Bedford area and completed a Level 3 qualification QCF CACHE Level 3 Diploma in the Children and Young People’s Workforce. She is now studying for her QCF CACHE Level 5 Diploma in the Children and Young People’s Services. Sadie Thornton, her BTAC assessor, was also at the presentation.

Mr Hodgson, said: “Skilled professionals in this field are hugely important, they go on to impact greatly on young peoples’ lives. We have a dedicated team of individuals who put everything in to ensuring they are the best they can be, so at to maximise their effectiveness and deliver the positive outcomes required.”

Cllr Sue Oliver, Executive Member for Children’s Social Care said: “Our aim is to support better outcomes for children and young people by raising the standard of the workforce through quality information, advice and guidance, support, and training. Such qualifications and development activities impact on the future performance of settings.”

If you would like more information on BTAC, contact 01234 228847 or email trainhelp@bedford.gov.uk. Alternatively visit www.bedford.gov.uk/btac (and search for ‘BTAC’).