Specialist dementia care provider Camelot Care has been recognised for its support of local apprentices.
The provider received a letter of thanks and a certificate from Achievement Training for its apprenticeship programme at Freshfields nursing home in St Budeaux, Devon.
Su Fuller, Freshfields’ administration manager said: “We have employed and trained apprentices here for over 10 years, usually employing two at a time.
“In this way Camelot Care is playing its part in developing professional carers, more and more of whom are needed with each year that passes to support the ever-increasing number of people living with dementia.”
Freshfields apprentices Shanie Kerswill and Jade Smith have both achieved their NVQ Level 2 in health and social care and are now working towards their Level 3 qualifications.
Jade and Shanie began their apprentices in June 2015 and March 2016, respectively.
Both have full-time roles at Freshfields with regular time out granted for sessions at Achievement Training’s offices in Plymouth.
Jade said: “I’ve really learnt a lot since I’ve been at Freshfields, and I think I’m a more patient and loving person as a result.
“I would definitely like to make a long-term career for myself in this sector. It’s such rewarding work.”
Su added: “This is a rewarding career for which age and gender pose no barriers, and we employ our apprentices once they’ve qualified if we can.
“Jasmine Smith, for example, joined the Freshfields team as an apprentice in November 2014, and joined the permanent team post-qualification. Last month she took a slight change of direction with a move to community nursing, although she remains on our ‘bank’ team so we can call on her when we need extra staff.”
Camelot Care works in tandem with Achievement Training to support apprentices throughout their training. Achievement Training is a private training organisation acquired by City College Plymouth in October 2009.