A former nursery nurse, who became an apprentice aged 55, has been named this year’s top health and social care apprentice at Cheshire College South and West.
Belong Warrington support worker Angela Roberts, who is now 57, beat 200 other health and social care apprentices to take the accolade.
Angela said: “It’s a very rewarding job in itself, but it’s still nice to be recognised for the hard work. I worked hard, and I learned a lot. Doing the course together with on-the-job training was very rewarding.”
Angela was a nursery nurse for over 20 years before deciding she wanted a change of career in order to care for older people, especially those living with dementia. She started working at Belong Warrington in 2015 as a care host, cooking and providing personal care for residents on one of the village’s 24-hour care households.
Belong supported Angela to undertake the apprenticeship in health and social care at Cheshire College South and West whilst training at the care village. She soon became a support worker and is now training to become a senior support worker.
Janine Curwell, general manager at Belong Warrington, said: “Angela’s award is extremely well deserved. She has shown exemplary commitment to her work and development and is always incredibly enthusiastic. She has made huge progress in her role and made a big impact since she began working with us. We look forward to seeing her advance to the position of senior support worker and continue with her newfound career at Belong.”