Apprentices urge others to try Herts County Council's adult care scheme
PUBLISHED: 12:04 06 March 2019 | UPDATED: 12:19 06 March 2019
Adult social care workers have marked National Apprenticeship Week - which runs until Friday - by producing videos encouraging people to apply for an apprenticeship in their field.
The apprentices, past and present, all joined Hertfordshire County Council’s Adult Social Care Apprenticeship scheme and are now urging others to apply to do the same in a series of videos.
Kayleigh Grady – assistant manager at Welwyn and Hatfield Day Service – was one of the council’s first apprentices, following the launch of the scheme in 2005.
She said: “The more I worked, the more I enjoyed it, the more my confidence grew and the more I knew this is where I wanted to be, and this is what I wanted to do. “There have been lots of opportunities that have come my way, and I’ve done lots of qualifications during the 13 years I have been working for Herts County Council.
“It’s fun, you get to learn, get qualifications while working, and it’s a good job.”
Young mum and ex-apprentice, Audrey Orman, a day service support worker at Letchworth Free Church Hall Day Centre, chose a career in adult social care over university and has combined her work with looking after her young son.
She said: “In this job you never get two days that are the same. There are times where it’s very challenging and it takes a lot of effort, but the reward you get from putting that effort in is amazing.”
Josie Taylor, who also works at the Letchworth Free Church Hall Day Centre as a day service support worker, said: “You can go on to do nursing, you can work as a carer, a support worker and there’s also social work.
“It’s amazing how confident I am now compared to how I used to be. It makes you feel good. I sometimes go home thinking I’ve done a good deed today. This job enables me to make a difference to people’s lives.”
Apprentice Louise Noble has also become more confident. She said: “I like the apprenticeship because it helped me build confidence while learning with different people.”
Councillor Richard Roberts, executive member for adult care and health at Hertfordshire County Council, said: “Our apprenticeship in adult social care equips people with the right skills and experience to work in a rewarding career where they’ll experience great variety and make a real difference to the lives of the people they support.”
Applications are open until March 31, and applicants need to be aged 16 years or over by October 1, 2019.
To find out more visit jobs.hertfordshire.gov.uk/level2apprenticeor email firstname.lastname@example.org.