Real stories from real people
Find out if you have what it takes from our case studies below.
Izzy and Tyne
Health and Social Care Students
Izzy and Tyne are students on the BTEC Health and Social Care course at Coleg Gwent. Through valuable partnerships, the course provides students with opportunities to put learning into practice during work placements, helping them develop the skills and experience they need to come into the sector once qualified.
Chief Executive Officer
Jane has worked in various roles and settings within the Early Years sector. Starting out in a voluntary position, she was able to complete her qualifications and Continuing Professional Development training in order to progress her career to her current role, overseeing the delivery of Early Years Wales for the last five and a half years.
Daytime Opportunity Support Worker
Chloe works for Rhondda County Council as a Daytime Opportunity Support Worker and has just completed an apprenticeship programme. On a day to day basis, she supports adults with learning disabilities in a variety of activities, building up their independence and teaching them new skills.
Core Training Manager
Mark was encouraged to work in the sector by a friend after losing interest in his role as a baker. He quickly progressed from support work to training new staff and has recently completed his diploma in care to provide more direct support to adults who have learning disabilities and mental health issues.
Head of Children’s Services
After training as a social worker almost 20 years ago, Darren now works as a senior manager in children’s services for Pembrokeshire County Council. His day to day responsibilities can be challenging but he knows he’s making a difference in his community.
Head of Service
Abbi-Lee has worked at M&D Care for the last seven years. She started as a support worker and then undertook a fast-track trainee manager scheme, gaining her qualifications while on the job. She is now responsible for overseeing the management of the residential homes in South West Wales.
Daytime Service Support Worker
Dan works predominantly with people with complex support requirements and/or behaviour which may challenge. He is sport and fitness crazy so is paired with people who have similar interests.
Jennifer works for HomeInstead Senior Care in Cardiff where no two days are the same. Her role ranges from client to client, from helping them up in the mornings, preparing their meals and administering medication.
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