NORTHAM Lodge, the Bideford charity providing care for adults with disabilities, has been working in partnership with Petroc to provide opportunities for apprentices in its care services.
Ellie Morgan completed her apprenticeship with Northam Lodge in 2013 and was subsequently offered a full-time job as a support worker.
Finance and resources manager Carron Holmes said: "We have found the apprenticeship scheme to be very successful. Ellie had support and training in social care from the college while gaining on-the-job experience with us and doing our own training."
Ellie completed an intermediate apprenticeship in the adult social care pathway of the joint health and social care framework. This included achievement of the QCF Level 2 diploma in health and social care (Adults); QCF Level 2 certificate in preparing to work in adult social care; Level 2 award in employment responsibilities and rights in health, social care, children and young peoples settings; and transferable skills in maths and English.
Ellie also completed specialist training in the workplace, including fire safety, infection control, moving and handling, nutrition, mental capacity act and safeguarding.
She is now employed as a support worker within the care team and works with a range of different people, all of whom have learning disabilities and many with physical disabilities. She works within one of the residential services where clients have very complex care needs, such as cerebral palsy, and need a system of well-planned support including health care, physio and nutrition.
Ellie said: "I enjoyed being able to learn at college while having a job and earning money.
"I love working at Northam Lodge and find care work really rewarding so I was really pleased to get a job at the end of it."
Carron added: "We have had a very good experience with Ellie and would certainly consider doing this again in future if we have an opening for an apprentice again."