“I’ve been here for a couple of years now working on my Level 2 and 3 apprenticeships, and have seen the Home grow significantly in that time – from just 9 residents to 24! It’s lovely to see that progression and be part of the growth”.
We caught up with Cassey Stanley who has just finished her Level 3 Health & Social Care apprenticeship at Yelverton Residential Home and has been promoted to a Senior Support Worker as a result.
“The Level 3 qualification made it possible for me to progress and take on more responsibility at the Home, by giving me the confidence and knowledge for the job. For example, I am now qualified to handle and dispense medication, and then upload the data immediately on an iPhone so that all staff have access to it.
“Learning on the job is really important in this industry as you develop the people skills that are vital to interact with residents. No two days are the same in the Home, so the training prepares you for any surprises, such as resident falls, that you wouldn’t experience in college. On a day-to-day basis, I can be involved in everything from getting residents washed and dressed, to liaising with family members, and positioning hoists correctly so that residents can be moved safely.
“The training with Skills Group was also very interesting – we covered varied modules such as end of life care. This is an area that is extremely rewarding, as, if a family member can’t make it in time to say goodbye to their loved one, they are very grateful that you were with them.
“The team at Skills Group have been very supportive throughout my apprenticeship, and I have a great relationship with them; I would definitely recommend this route if you are thinking about entering the care sector!”
I always struggled in school as I wasn’t very academic, so knew learning on the job would be a better option for me. I would find it difficult to get up for 9am but now I wake up and look forward to my day. I wanted to try a hair apprenticeship as I’ve always been interested in hairdressing, and by the end of the first week, I already loved it!
I have developed a range of new skills through work including the technical, industry skills required for the job, to personal development such as ensuring I am always on time. The biggest change since leaving school is adjusting to the independence you gain from earning a salary. My advice to anyone thinking of doing an apprenticeship would be find what you like doing, and go for it!
Since starting the apprenticeship, I’ve become far more confident. In a classroom, you only interact with your classmates, but through working you develop your people skills as you interact with customers on a daily basis. At school, you are closely monitored and parented, however I am now more independent and feel grown up
The most important thing I’ve learnt since leaving school is that there are other routes to success than just academia. I failed my GCSEs, as I never suited the school environment. Now though, I’m really enjoying my apprenticeship as I’ve discovered I learn more through hands-on practice.
I would just like to thank you and your team for all the amazing work they do, you have provided me with the most invaluable experience which has helped to pave the way of my future. The work you do for young people is incredible!