Adult Skills Teaching Assistant Course: Christine Gunner

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Before enrolling onto a Teaching Assistant online course in October 2023, Christine was unemployed…

” I explained to my local JCP work coach that I wanted to go into a teaching assistant position and was delighted to be enrolled onto a funded online course with Cidori and Barnet Southgate College. I found the course enjoyable and tutor support excellent – my tutor Santa was always on hand with up to date information and help when needed. I quickly gained confidence and engaged with the online learning process really well.”


Because Christine registered with Cidori employer partner Complete Classroom Services (CCS) we were able to reimburse her for the mandatory DBS check fee. We then arranged an interview for Christine with CCS for a position in a local SEN school and following the interview were delighted to get this email from her:

“Hello everyone I have started my new job in a SEND school and I love it – thank you for getting me where I needed to become a teaching assistant!”


Like all our TA candidates, Christine has come away with a Level 2 NCFE Cache Award in Support Work in Schools & Colleges qualification and a suite of recognised Level 1 qualifications.

Christine has also gained a range of personal social & resilience skills along with work skills that will help her in her future career – we wish her every success!

It seems fitting to finish with some thoughts from the tutor:

Christine has been such an amazing success story with her determination and work ethic – demonstrating that she can achieve whatever she sets her mind to by completing the course despite numerous potential obstacles along the way – using them as stepping stones instead. I wish her every success in her future career.”

Santa Lasmane – Tutor: Barnet and Southgate College

Level 2 Teaching Assistant (TA)

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