We caught up with Jane & Libby eighteen months into the care apprenticeship programme…
Here’s what Jane told us…
How are the care apprentices getting on 18 months later?
I am delighted that we have seen a 100% retention rate for our care apprenticeship programme – and all six apprentices are on track for successfully completing their Level 2 qualification. Our managers are delighted with the quality, and we’ve seen just how much every apprentice has grown in confidence during the programme. Their parents have all commented on this too and we know they can be influential when it comes to a young person’s career choices.
Has anything changed?
The apprentices are now counted within our actual care hours, or in other words they are no longer supernumerary.
What’s the next step of the journey for the apprentices?
We are currently developing the Level 3 programme which will offer a natural progression and career pathway beyond the Level 2 qualification. All of our apprentices will be offered permanent positions with CTTM which is a great success story for us – and them.
Have there been any learns?
We originally thought we should assign the apprentices to managers who had teenage children. On reflection this was not necessarily the best approach because they naturally took a parenting style to managing, rather than initially giving them the space to flourish. Another take away is that the loyalty from the apprentices has been fantastic. The key has been selecting the right candidates through a values based recruitment process.
Here’s what Libby told us…
How are you doing 18 months on?
I love my role especially now that I am a Key Worker and have the responsibility of working with one individual. It’s great that I’m able to complete the care paperwork myself and this is an area I’ve really enjoyed learning along the way. I was awarded Employee of the Month recently and I’m really proud of that.
What skills have you developed?
Not only have my care and support skills developed, but my writing skills have also improved. The biggest change though has to be how much I have grown in confidence.
What advice would you give to others considering a care apprenticeship?
I would tell anyone considering the apprenticeship to go for it! There are great opportunities available outside of the college route, and you can achieve things through an apprenticeship that you wouldn’t necessarily expect to.