Hi everyone, I am 23 and have a degree however its not in a relevant subject (Sound Engineering BSc). I am looking to retrain and become a Teaching Assistant initially for a junior school age range 5-11. I am really struggling to get any info on how to actually become a TA, as far as I'm aware in England you don't need any formal qualification to become a TA (however it is desirable) but experience in the role is key. The trouble is I don't have any experience in working with children or within a TA role, to enroll on both distance learning and on site college courses I am required to be working a certain number of hours in role to be accepted. I have been pointed in the direction of being a supply Teaching Assistant and getting some experience that way, I have signed on to and agency and they have processed my DBS so that's all sorted, however I am slightly uncomfortable going straight into a supply TA role with no experience and no real idea of whats expected of me. They are aware I have no experience and have said there is no training they can help with. Having spoken to other agencies, they have said that the schools they work with don't accept anyone without qualifications and are unable to support an unqualified TA working whilst gaining a qualification. I have contacted a number of local schools with no response as yet, I am just really struggling to get out of this catch 22 situation. On top of this being 23, living with my partner and already having a degree, the funding for college courses is limited and I still need some sort of income to pay the bills. I really feel this is a career I will thrive in and I'm extremely keen to get started but I don't understand how I can get into it when the courses require you to be working and the schools expect me to me qualified? I am not opposed to voluntary work a couple of days a week or shadowing a TA so I can get used to what goes on etc. ANY help or advice would be greatly appreciated. Thanks for reading!