Case Studies and Tools to help you implement Social Care Apprenticeships
James and Sean, London Borough of Lambeth
James is employed by Sandra to provide support to her son Sean, in the London borough of Lambeth.
Since leaving College, James has had various jobs including bar work and working at a dairy. Having found it hard to find employment, his local Jobcentre Plus invited him to an information session about social care. James had been interested in social care but was not sure how you could get into the sector without experience. He was offered an apprenticeship, initially contracted for 12 months, recently securing a further 6 months with Sandra and Sean.
James is finding this unique experience challenging but also very rewarding. He has never supported anyone with learning disabilities before and is learning all the time. When James is with Sean he is learning in a practical way, as Sean teaches him how to support him. James’s valuable ‘on the job’ training is supplemented by attending college once a week, where he is doing a Technical Certificate and a NVQ Level 2 in Health and Social Care.
James feels that his contribution is making a difference to Sean’s quality of life. As James is close in age to Sean he supports him with a wide range of activities including bike riding, going to church, swimming, as well as personal tasks. James admits that the job was difficult at first and soon recognised the challenge is that you need to be 100% focused on the task in hand. James loves all aspects of the job and feels whilst Sean benefits greatly he feels good about himself too.
James would recommend apprenticeships to a friend but acknowledges that you need to have patience and a genuine desire to help and care for people if you want to work in social care. James feels that he wants to remain in social care with an aspiration of becoming a social worker in the future.
Noami Hobbs and Enicia Southwood, LB Hillingdon
My name's Noami Hobbs and I’m studying Health and Social Care at a Residential Care Home in Hillingdon. It’s great to still be studying and earning at the same time, the hardest part is the unsocial hours due to shift work. I’ve had great support from my team from the beginning and hope to go on to become a Social Worker after my apprenticeship. Apprenticeships are great – but you need to be committed to it and managers need to make sure they give their apprentices all the right inductions and support they need like I’ve received.
I'm Enicia Southwood and I'm an apprentice in Adult Social Care at Hillingdon. I love meeting new people at work and when studying for this apprenticeship. It’s hard finding time to get all my coursework done as well but the support I get from my team is excellent. I couldn’t have asked for a better team to work with. I’ve been made to feel so welcome. I’d have liked a longer induction as there’s a lot of new stuff to learn but I get lots of on the job training too. I’ve been getting involved with care reviews as well. If I did not have this apprenticeship I would possibly be jobless and I would be struggling to go in the right direction towards becoming a paramedic in the future. I hope to go onto study a Level 3 Health and Social Care apprenticeship next and would highly recommend apprenticeships to everyone.