Adult Care Worker Apprentice Employer
Jane Nash, HR Director of CTTM, explains her decision to become an employer provider and recruit young Support Workers with an adult care worker apprenticeship …
What do Care Through The Millennium do?
Care Through The Millennium (CTTM) provides specialist care and rehabilitation services for adults with learning disabilities, autism, mental health conditions and complex needs.
What was the previous situation?
We have facilitated apprenticeships in the past in partnership with Birmingham City Council and Bournville College. They were very successful however we saw an opportunity for more control and ownership over the training provided.
What is the scope of the early talent programme?
Our apprentices are completing the Adult Care Worker (level 2) apprenticeship which runs for just over 12 months. They learn on the job, also completing the Care Certificate, Maths and English qualifications, and the level 2 Diploma in Health & Social Care. We ensure that our apprentices are placed at services with a supportive team that match their experience and background.
What were the key factors in deciding to run a programme targeting young people?
We firmly believe that young people from the age of 16 should be given the opportunity to start a career in care and envisage them as our future Managers. CTTM had the resources and expertise to design a programme purely tailored to develop young people.
How is your adult care worker apprenticeship programme different to frontline Support Worker roles?
Our apprentices are additional employees and are not included in the care hours we provide. They have the opportunity to learn on the job with the support of an experienced staff and management team. In addition they attend taught sessions regularly to enhance their knowledge.
What has been the biggest challenge with implementing an early talent programme?
The restrictions placed on their working hours because of their age. Some of the apprentices are disappointed that they are not able to work the longer shifts.
How did you find the process with becoming a training provider?
It’s a detailed process but it was the right decision for us. We get the standard of quality we want from our apprentices because our training reflects the individual needs of our organisation and the people we support.
What results have you seen from your early talent programme?
Our 6 apprentices joined in October 2018 and have progressed extremely well. They have grown in confidence and are valuable members of the team. We have received such positive feedback from their Managers who are proud that they are part of their progress and can see how far they have come.