Celebrating Apprenticeship Milestones at Dimensions
We have been working with Dimensions since 2012 to deliver apprenticeship training programmes and help build the careers of their staff.
We are thrilled that over the last 5 years the apprenticeship scheme has gone from strength to strength with a Lifetime apprentice now in 79 services throughout England. We can also celebrate the fantastic recent achievement that over 100 Dimensions staff have now completed an apprenticeship training course.
Apprenticeships available to Dimensions staff include Adult Care Worker Level 2, Lead Adult Care Worker Level 3, Care Leadership and Management Level 5, and Business Administration Level 2 & Level 3. We spoke to Daisy Trifonova, Assistant Locality Manager at Dimensions West Sussex, who has recently completed her Health and Social Care, Level 2 apprenticeship about her experience.
Daisy, 21, left school at 16 to work in her family’s pub. She was interested in a career in care, especially because her auntie is a nurse, and joined Dimensions in 2015 as a Support Worker. She has gone from strength to strength since, being promoted to Lead Support Worker in 2016 and more recently to Assistant Locality Manager, managing 4 services and loves her job. When she was offered the chance to progress her skills and knowledge with a Health and Social Care apprenticeship training course delivered via Lifetime Training, she jumped at the chance.
How does it feel to complete your apprenticeship?
It’s really nice to complete, I am proud to have completed it and gain the qualification. I now feel ready to start my next qualification in September.
Why did you decide to undertake an apprenticeship?
To advance my knowledge. I find work based learning is much more interesting, you can put what you learn straight into action, I find it a lot more engaging than learning in a classroom.
How do you feel about Dimensions offering apprenticeships to staff?
It’s great, especially when like me you don’t want to have to attend a college for training, I just think it is a great method of learning. It is also great that I can begin my next apprenticeship with them in September and reach another goal in my career.
What have you gained from your apprenticeship?
I now have a better understanding of what my job is about. I have also enjoyed learning about other areas of care, like mental health and dementia that I don’t normally see in my day to day role. I would say the course has boosted my confidence in my role especially having been promoted to a more senior level.
Did you find any elements of the course challenging?
I only found a couple of sections a little challenging, for example when I was focusing on areas of care I hadn’t come across in my role before such as mental health. Helen my trainer was fantastic if I did have any problems but in general it was plain sailing.
What are your career goals?
I would like to become a locality manager within Dimensions. I would also love to go to university in the future to do social work. I would definitely recommend apprenticeship training. It is fantastic for people who would rather learn on the job than in a classroom. I have recommended it to a number of colleagues, one of which is just about to start his level 2.
If you are looking for an apprenticeship opportunity for yourself or a member of your team or if you would like to place an apprenticeship vacancy with Lifetime, please call 03330143669.