As part of National Apprenticeship Week the Foundation of Light wanted to showcase one of the charity’s many success stories.
After impressing with his customer service skills, Daniel Coyne decided to switch his focus and channel his energy into helping people in different ways, thanks to the University of Sunderland.
Not long after he began working in the Beacon of Light café, home to the Foundation of Light, staff recognised Dan’s commitment and dedication and he was offered a role where he could combine his people skills, with his passion for cooking.
A Higher Apprenticeship at the University of Sunderland has helped the 31-year-old hone his skills and he now teaches home-cooking techniques to families across the city, as part of the Foundation’s Skills’ team.
Throughout lockdown, these sessions have provided a lifeline for many as they’ve not been able to leave their homes and it’s been a great way to keep families engaged and help parents and children learn together.
The course has given Dan the opportunity to develop his teaching skills, through a Higher Learning and Skills Teacher Apprenticeship (Level 5).
“I jumped at the chance when I was offered this role, and have not looked back.”
“I’m learning so much at University and progressing in this role,” Dan explained.
The apprenticeship has allowed Dan spend his time at work, while being supported by dedicated study time with the University and then putting what he has learnt into practise in the workplace.
“In just a short space of time I’m engaging with learners so much more, Dan added. “I lesson plan a lot better and am much more prepared. It’s really worked well for me and I would 100 percent recommend the programme to anyone else wanting to develop their skills in the workplace.
“This is something I never would have pursued if I hadn’t been given the opportunity. I can now open more doors for myself as a result!”
Dan and the team deliver free online courses to families throughout the north east, click here for full details.
11 February 2021