Care Worker apprenticeship success story: Andrew Guy

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Since government reforms in May 2017 the way apprenticeships are delivered and completed has changed. Dimensions have been working with Lifetime Training since 2012, and we are delighted to announce our first achiever of the Adult Care Worker Level 2 new apprenticeship standard. We caught up with Andy Guy to find out what his experience was like and to congratulate him on achieving a Merit.

Tell us about yourself and why you chose to complete an apprenticeship? I had worked as a greenkeeper for 16 years but wanted a change in career and thought I would like to try working in a more people focussed role. I started working in health and social care 3 years ago and haven’t looked back.

What did you like/dislike about the apprenticeship you completed? I really enjoyed working through the coursework and felt supported by both my manager and my trainer, Sally, to complete. If I had any questions I knew who to go to and they were answered very quickly. There wasn’t really anything I didn’t like about the apprenticeship!

What do you enjoy about your day to day role? I have been working with one person for 3 years. We enjoy spending time out in the community, going for walks or going to the cinema. We really enjoy watching sports and have been to see football matches at Dover football club. The next exciting trip is a mini break to Blackpool where a couple of us in the team are supporting. In my apprenticeship we did a unit on safeguarding which I really enjoyed as I feel it helps the most in my day to day activities.

What support did Lifetime offer? My assessor directed me towards the correct units on FUSE and made sure that I had enough details on the topics. I used the worksheets on FUSE for the first couple of units and then was confident to take the direction given by my RT. I felt very prepared for the end point assessment.

What activities did you do to prepare for the end point assessment? With my trainer Sally and my manager Sonya, we had a gateway conversation to agree that I was ready. I wrote plenty of notes to ensure I felt comfortable with the professional discussion which was a face to face conversation with an assessor who came out to see me in my workplace.

How did you feel when you received your result? I received an email a week after my discussion and I felt happy. Told my family straight away and they were very proud

So, what’s next for you and what are your future ambitions? I am very happy where I am, working with people at this level is truly rewarding. However in the future I would like to consider the level 3 to extend my knowledge further and learn about management and paperwork.

What advice would you give someone thinking about an apprenticeship? Get involved, get it done!

"I think it is important for staff members to be recognised for their achievements. The qualification is important because it helps to outline what is needed in the job role. The level 3 is a good opportunity to progress for people who are ready for development but you have to make sure that it is the right step for them.” - Sonya Foster, Assistant Locality Manager at Dimensions

“Andy worked really hard throughout his apprenticeship and was willing to complete tasks as and when they were set. He was co-operative throughout the gateway conversation and asked questions so that he was fully aware and confident of what the next steps were. He had made lots of notes and was well prepared for his end point assessment.” - Sally Boylan, Regional Trainer at Lifetime Training

 

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