We are really enjoying National Apprentice Week, when every day we focus on the themes of the week and how they relate to our learners across Choice Care.
Today, the theme is Employer Tuesday so we’re looking in more detail at apprenticeships across Choice Care Group and how they help our people’s careers grow.
DID YOU KNOW? Choice Care has a successful Apprenticeship Programme and we’re focusing on this – as we were also named Top100 Apprenticeships Employer for the second consecutive year in 2023! This recognition reflects the commitment to excellence in training and development at Choice Care and is testament to our hardworking apprentices and our colleagues who facilitate their learning and care experience.
Adam, a Choice Care Assistant Regional Director talks to us about his apprenticeship journey and the benefits he has realised while learning.
Adam is celebrating his 17th ‘Choiceversary’ this year and has just finished his level 5 Operational Management and also a level 5 Chartered Manager qualification!
Adam said: Completing the apprenticeship was amazing, it's given me new skills, new ideas and new ways of working. It taught me so many things that I now apply to my job role every day. By completing the apprenticeship, I am now able to continue with my own personal development and career at Choice Care.
We also talk to Lee from Care Without Compromise (CWC), our Welsh sister company.
Lee, can you tell us about QCF qualifications?
Yes, of course! QCF are the Welsh equivalent of apprenticeships. In Wales it is mandatory for care workers to complete the qualification. We have team members currently completing the health and social care level 3 qualification, and we also have senior / deputy and managers who are completing level 4 and level 5 management qualifications. The qualification enables everyone who works in care to continue a full-time role and be able to complete the qualification alongside.
At CWC we have between 30 and 40 colleagues completing qualifications at level 3, 4 & 5 - or waiting to be enrolled. There is also a high number of the team who have completed these qualifications over the past few years.
The assessors provide support to staff completing the qualifications as do the managers and staff team, who can support anyone who may be having any issues.
We’ve spoken to some of our people in Wales who are studying their QCFs including Amy, Kingsley and Matt.
We asked: Do you think the QCF is helping you on your career pathway?
Amy said: Yes, it has provided me with knowledge and understanding across a range of vital areas to enable me to carry out my role to the best of my ability. Completing the QCF is a positive for all staff, providing them with knowledge and tools to carry out their role to a high standard. I would recommend the qualification to all staff who join the team.
When asked How have you found the experience?’
Kingsley said: Nothing beats being able to put into practice what you are being taught. I’ve grown in leaps and bounds within the last few months.
When asked: Would you encourage other colleagues to study for QCF?
Matt said: Yes, it will help staff to expand their own knowledge of the job role and help them to support the people in our care to the highest of standards. I would recommend it to all staff wanting to progress within CWC.
Well done to everyone who is on their learning journey at Choice Care!