Learning for Work

Tracey Everitt

2018 National Winner

After hitting rock bottom Tracey decided to pour her energies into creating a new future for herself and her two children. She returned to learning, and 12 months on is running a successful childminding business.

Tracey had left school without any qualifications and her confidence was low, however her goal was to become a registered childminder. Central to that goal was a commitment to learning and when she found out about Islington Council’s Adult and Community Learning service she signed up for courses including Basic Food Hygiene and Introduction to Working in Care.

Tracey also completed Level 1 maths in 8 weeks and progressed to Level 2 English and maths, proving to herself and her children that having dyslexia doesn’t mean you can’t achieve. Tracey is now running her own Ofsted approved childminding business and has inspired her sister and daughter to start their own learning journeys. Tracey’s daughter is now a childminding assistant in her business and is working towards becoming a fully qualified childminder herself.

Tracey said, “I’ve got more confidence, I’m active and focussed, and I’m offering a professional service to local families. I love my job of providing good quality care.”

Tracey’s nominator, Colin Gardiner, said, “I have seen Tracey completely transform in the space of a year into a self-assured adult student and, even more recently, an entrepreneur.”