1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
My role as an apprentice care assistant is to on a daily basis be responsible for the residents welfare and to provide perfessional care to the service users. I am here to assist the residents through day to day life and make them feel independent and have dignity while helping them and meeting their needs. I do a variety of things through out the day to dishing food up to getting them involved in activities. I'm their to put a smile on the residents face and to make them the happiest they can be.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
I have learned health and safety and fire procedure. I've learned a lot about dementia awareness. Staff at brackenfield hall has been amazing and has guided me through the way to make sure I need to skills I need. I've learned so much though my apprenticeship things I couldnt image and that's all down to the help and support of work and Dorothy and Emma.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
I couldn't tell you how much I enjoy the job, I have no words to describe how coming to work makes me feel. I would like to say is I feel happy everytime I enter brackenfield hall and I feel happier leaving brackenfield hall knowing I've made someone smile. For the learning part and doing my nvq and my training everyone's been brilliant and I've always been more than happy to do my nvq because I always know what to do and I never have any questions because Dorothy or Emma answer them all which is great.
4. How valued do you feel by Anchor Trust?
Even thought I'm an apprentice, staff treat me with the same respect and always ask what my thoughts are. I feel respected and valued by everyone in my work environment and by Dorothy and Emma. It's amazing to feel apart of the team and to have fitted in
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
Very organised, I know what I'm doing when I'm doing it. I know when work has to be in, I know what is expected of me. I also know times and dates Dorothy and Emma is coming to see me. I also know what days I'm working and know what hours I'm working and if they put me on training or house keeping they always tell me.
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
I get the right amount of support. I'm very independent but when I need help I always receive it
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
Dawn the manager always supports me. She always askes how I'm doing i usually know what I'm doing at work but she's always their if I need any advice and support.
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
What I'm doing now I possibly think their is open doors for me to go down when I've finished this apprenticeship but I've really taken to this job I love it and love the people I work with and the people I provide care for.
9a. Would you recommend Anchor Trust to a friend? *
9b. Why? *
They respect you, they value you and they make you part of the team! No matter what the situation is they are always here to help. And they don't just forget you and allow you to get on with it. If you need help they will always help you
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Anchor Trust? *
Be yourself, pretending to be someone else won't work, they accept you for you. They are brilliant with everyone and anyone. Make sure you ask questions if you need to, don't be scared to ask questions. It's better to ask and receive support rather than do something wrong. Starting with anchor can be scary however you soon warm to anchor and they treat you with lots of respect and they try their best!
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