On this page we share the achievements of CALA staff, in recognition of their dedication to professional and personal development.
BA in Childhood Practice
Sadie graduated in September 2017 following completion of her BA in Childhood Practice after 5 years part-time study through Inverness UHI. Sadie says: “It was an amazing feeling achieving this after highs and lows of working, studying and being a mum of two. I can now see it was worth all the hard work.”
Rebecca Smart – Modern Apprentice
Rebecca joined CALA as a Modern Apprentice in Business Administration in 2016. Rebecca had recently completed 6th year in secondary school and had worked within retail while she explored her future career options.
Rebecca said: “I completed my diploma in December 2017 and was lucky enough to be offered a full time position as a Clerical Assistant where I support both our finance and main office. I can’t thank everyone at CALA enough for all the support and for giving me such an amazing opportunity!”
James O’Donnell – Volunteer Childcare Practitioner
Congratulations to James O’Donnell, who won the SSSC Awards ‘Judges Choice’ award! James volunteers with CALA run Junior World in Nairn, where he is hugely popular with both children and staff.
Junior World centre manager Jayne Macintosh said of James: “James is a fantastic role model to other young men who may wish to consider a career in Early Learning and Childcare. As a volunteer James has developed strong and trustful relationships with the children and his considerate and thoughtful approach also makes him a great hit with our new friends during our Intergenerational Care Home visits.”