At Persona, we strive to support people and staff to live their best life, so it comes as no surprise that for a successful apprentice to thrive here, a quality that they must show, as Ann put it, is that they are “keen to learn and dedicated to getting the best outcomes for people we support.” This job comes with daily challenges and no two days are the same.
e. Karen sees the key qualities (which are in line with Persona’s REACH values) for a successful apprentice as having:
If you have watched the videos above, with Holly and Kim, and Molly, you will see that our successful apprentices, who are now full-time staff, didn’t actually see care as their first choice. The opportunity arose and they gave it a go.
So do you need to know what you are going to do for the rest of your life before signing up to be a Persona Apprentice? Karen doesn’t think so.
“No I don’t feel that they do necessarily. Kim finished college as she was fed up with the classroom work but didn’t really want a permanent job in case she didn’t like it. I’m sure if she was asked now she would say she loves her job. As an apprentice they have opportunities to meet and work with a variety of outside agencies that they may feel a pull towards, ie Social Work team, Mental Health team, Speech and Language in the same way that Molly has to go on to do her nursing degree. I think they develop a natural pull to something over a period of time although we have had people who are certainly not suited to the job at all, but luckily these cases are few and far between.”
So that is what is expected from a potential apprentice, but what can an apprentice expect from their line managers?
“Initially we would give them a buddy to work with for about a month until they find their feet. We help the apprentices organise their time to work towards their care certificate, we also use a progression tracker to keep up to date with where they are up to. We do more 1-2-1‘s over 6 months to make sure all is ok with them and their job, as sometimes they have never had a job before or worked with a group of staff. We liaise with training provider tutors once they have been allocated to do their Adult Care Worker Level 2 Apprenticeship Standard and give them time to do coursework and point them in the right direction for info they need.”
Persona’s values are REACH: Respectable, Enthusiastic, Adaptable, Caring, and Honest. Click here to find out more about our purpose and values.