Cymoedd learner secures a place at Camp America

A Cymoedd learner will be heading to Pennsylvania, America this summer to work for Camp America.

Twenty year old, Josh Thomas, from Llanbradach has studied at the Ystrad Mynach campus for the past three years. Throughout his time at the college, he has gained the confidence to apply for a job that he could only have dreamed of before enrolling at the college.

Josh applied for a place on the Camp America Programme, and went through the application process of form filling, interviews etc.; using skills he has learnt at the college to display his knowledge.

He was delighted to hear that he had been successful and surprised to find out that he was one of only six learners from Wales to have been accepted on the Programme; which sends over 7,000 young people to work at camps in all 50 states of the USA every year.

Josh completed a Level 2 Sports course prior to enrolling on the Level 2 Play Work course at the college and progressed on to his current Level 2 Childcare course; the combination of the Sports, Play Work and Childcare courses will certainly equip him with a broad range of skills to carry out his placement. He will complete his course before travelling to America in June 2019.

Josh has always had a passion for working with children and wants to make a difference in the work that he does. Following his three- month placement in the USA Josh will return to the college to study on the CACHE Level 3 Diploma, which will involve work placement within a variety of real work environments and a range of units, such as Child Development, Observation & Assessment, Play, Safeguarding and working in partnership with parents and professionals.  On completion of the course he is looking forward to pursuing a career in teaching Physical Education.

Commenting on his success Josh said” I am looking forward to travelling to America to work at the Summer Camp.  I will be working in a team providing all sporting activities, including football, basketball, swimming, hockey for children aged 9 -17 years of age. I am grateful to my tutors who have given me the confidence to apply and my friends and family for their support – without their help I wouldn’t be at the stage I am with my course and the opportunity that awaits me at camp America. I am so thankful to everyone who has been on this journey with me”.

Care Tutor Angela Jones said: “I am delighted that Josh has been successful in his application to Camp America it will give him the opportunity to experience the American culture and meet new people. It will also help boost his confidence skills further, whilst enjoying a fantastic life experience”.

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