Katie Johnson: How I became a Regional Trainer
In order for me to be accepted at University I was required to gain experience and qualifications in the care sector. I was offered a job working as a care assistant in a specialist dementia care home and enjoyed the role from the start. I was lucky to have a supportive manager who soon enrolled me onto my Health and Social Care Level 3 qualification and continuously provided me with opportunities to develop and progress.
Gaining my Health and Social Care LV3 opened incredible opportunities for me. It enabled me to gain a BSc (hons) degree in Social Work and ultimately work with a wide range of service users in a variety of different settings. Through working for the Local Authority, charities and private companies I was able to continue to work in the social care sector in the community, schools, prisons, rehabilitation facilities and mental health units.
When I decided I wanted a new challenge I remembered the opportunity gaining my Health and Social Care qualification had given me and decided to become a Regional Trainer. I had never worked as an assessor before and although I had a wide range of knowledge of the care sector, I had no experience or qualifications in an assessing role. Nevertheless, I applied to Lifetime Training and was offered a job.
Lifetime Training provided me with a thorough induction period which gave me the skills I needed as well as training to enable me to do the job effectively. Working for a large company allowed me to gain knowledge from a wide range of different individuals with different backgrounds and expertise. Due to the support and opportunities I was given I was quickly able to achieve my Level 3 Certificate in Assessing Vocational Qualifications and my Level 3 in Education and Training.
Although working as a Regional Trainer is considerably different to my previous jobs I find working directly with care staff rewarding. I come across people every day who have not received any previous formal qualifications in the care sector but are incredibly competent in their roles. I enjoy supporting them to gain a recognised qualification and therefore, support them to develop and often progress in the care sector. Although learners can find the qualification challenging at times, I am able to introduce them to topics they have previous not learnt about and support them to develop their current knowledge and skills. To see a learner develop in confidence is a highlight of my role but ultimately, to be able to tell somebody they have completed a qualification that sometimes they do not believe they are capable of doing is an absolute privilege.
Although I often miss the case work aspect of my previous roles I now feel more satisfaction knowing the support I am offering to my learners is directly impacting the care and support they deliver every day.
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