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.
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 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.
Jake is a Care Assistant at Tregerddan Care Home near Aberystwyth. After volunteering there when he was younger, he completed an access to nursing course and was soon offered a full-time job working with the residents.
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