Apprentice Support Worker
What motivated you to apply for the apprenticeship programme with CTTM?
I knew I wanted to work in care after completing a GCSE in health and social care at school. I wanted to gain experience in a hands on role and meet different people. CTTM stood out because they explained how I could progress and offered great training.
What have you been doing since joining CTTM?
I have completed many courses since joining including DoLS, equality and diversity, infection control and adult safeguarding. I get to do many of the tasks other Support Workers do on a day to day basis and have lots of interaction with service users.
What does your learning journey look like?
The apprenticeship takes just over a year to complete and I carry out all training on site with CTTM.
What do you enjoy most about your apprentice support worker role?
I love the atmosphere at the home and seeing service users progress and lead fulfilling lives. The team here are very supportive and the different courses are fantastic.
Is there anything you find challenging?
Sometimes the training can be challenging if I don’t have the background knowledge, but I take notes away from the classroom to look over in my own time which really helps. The trainers are really helpful and approachable.
What does the future look like for you?
I would love to continue working at CTTM when I complete my course. I would like to study for a mental health nursing qualification and become a Manager in the future. Any role that still allows me to be hands on would be great!
What do friends and family say about your career choice?
My family are very proud, but some of my friends are surprised that I’ve chosen to work in care and think it could be boring or challenging. I tell my friends that it is just not the reality!
Would you recommend other young people to work in health and social care and what can employers do to encourage more to apply?
I would definitely recommend a career in health and social care to young people. It’s hands on, varied, and you can progress. Other employers should involve more young people, and explain the rewarding elements of care such as the support available and transferable skills you can learn.