We’re at the start of National Apprentice week – a week-long celebration of apprenticeships –where we are going to focus on the benefits of these qualifications both for Choice Care colleagues and the people we support. Check in every day for our latest updates.
Today, with the theme of Apprenticeships for All - we talk to Emma Hawke (pictured below) who is Choice Care Head of HR -Learning and Development, about National Apprentice Week and the opportunities available across Choice Care for people wanting to learn.
You may already know that Choice Care has a successful Apprenticeship Programme, but did you know that we were named a Top 100 Apprenticeships Employer for the second consecutive year in 2023? This recognition reflects the commitment to excellence in training and development here at Choice Care and is testament to our hardworking apprentices and our colleagues who facilitate their learning and care experience.
We want to ensure that we provide the best care possible for the people we support, whilst assisting many people of all ages with their first steps on the career ladder in the care sector. A career in the care sector offers great progression opportunities and we’ve got lots of current and past apprentices who can testify to this.
The theme of National Apprentice week is ‘Skills for life’, and during this week we’re going to look at some Choice Care apprenticeship success stories which show the benefits that colleagues have seen in taking these qualifications.
With today’s theme being ‘Apprenticeships for All’ - we’re going to explore how our apprenticeship programmes are suitable for everyone here at Choice Care.
Anyone of any age can study for an apprenticeship from Level 2 (which is equivalent to GCSEs) to Level 7 (which is equivalent to Master’s level education). Apprenticeships are a great tool for developing a qualified workforce and professionalising our care roles but can also offer professional development opportunities across a range of subject areas.
Our aim is to have a skilled and well qualified workforce and we encourage all our care workers who can, to enrol onto our Level 2 or Level 3 Adult Care Worker Apprenticeship Programmes. Those who want to progress to leadership or management may be able to enrol onto our Level 5 Lead Care Worker programme. We also provide support for more senior colleagues looking to pursue level 5 - 7 qualifications in social care or other specialised areas, facilitating their continuous learning and career progression.
Let’s have closer look at the range of Level 5 and Level 7 programmes which have been designed to develop the next generation of leaders and managers:
Here are some of the Level 5 and Level 7 options you could chose:
Level 5 Operations and Departmental Manager
Level 5 Leader in Adult Care
Level 5 People Professional (previously L5 HRBP)
Level 5 Learning and Development Consultant Business Partner
Level 7 Senior Leader
Level 7 Senior People Professional
Amy, Deputy Regional Director at Choice Care says: I have recently completed my level 5 in operational management, this was completed while continuing with working so doing them both at the same time, this was positive as I was able to draw on my experiences in work to help me complete my qualification. There was a lot to study and the assignments were tough going, but all in all I’m very pleased with the end result.
At Choice Care you are encouraged and supported on your learning journey, and we’ll be sharing more success stories during the week!