Care - Apprenticeships Sector in the Spotlight

Posted: 16th of October 2013 by Craig
Four former and current apprentices working in different roles across the care sector recount their experiences and talk about how an Apprenticeship has benefited them.

The four stars, who work for social care provider Barchester Healthcare, childcare provider Fennies Under 5s, residential care provider Hendra Healthcare and in the physiotherapy department at James Paget University Hospitals, also talk about the breadth of skills they developed during their Apprenticeship and the importance of the sector to the economy.

The other stars of the film are:
• Katie Gaston (21), has completed Intermediate and Advanced Apprenticeships in Children's Care, Learning and Development at Fennies Under 5s in Croydon. Katie is now undertaking a Higher Apprenticeship in Leadership and Management and is an assistant manager at the company.
• Lily Middleton (18), has completed an Intermediate Apprenticeship in Allied Health Profession Support at the James Paget University Hospital in Norfolk, and is now working as a therapy assistant at the hospital. Lily is continuing her learning by undertaking an Advanced Apprenticeship in Allied Health Profession Support.
• Richard Richards (32) has completed an Intermediate Health and Social Care Apprenticeship with Barchester Healthcare and is now a senior carer working with younger adults with dementia at Barchester's Park View Care Home in Dagenham.
• Lindsay Giess, (32), has completed an Advanced Apprenticeship in Health and Social Care at Hendra Healthcare and is now a senior carer at the residential home.

Sharon Allen, CEO at Skills for Care, said:
"The care sector is growing at a rapid rate and we are in constant need of new people with the right skills to join the workforce. An Apprenticeship provides an opportunity for young people and adult learners to gain the interpersonal skills vital to a career in the care sector through workplace experience.

"Apprentices earn while they learn in a real job, gaining a real qualification and a real future and there are now a wide range of Apprenticeships available across the sector, including the new Higher Apprenticeship in Care Leadership and Management."

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