1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
My role is to look after the residents in my care, I support them with eating their meals I do activities with them. I work with care staff to make sure they are kept safe and are in a presentable condition (dressed) I really enjoy getting the chance to help people out.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
I have learned lots of new skills; my communication has improved, my confidence is better, I have made some good friends (who are also apprentices). I have learned some moving and handling skills to help move residents safely. I have also more knowledge about safeguarding residents and treating them with respect.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
I get a bit nervous when asked to do something new; but once i do it i gain experience with it and through that i gain confidence. I have enjoyed getting to know my residents and their interests and about about their lives. It is interesting to learn wat they did when they were younger.
4. How well organised/structured is your programme?
I would say it is well structured; i know what i need to do and when i have to do it by. I can work at my own pace, but still have some deadlines to meet and this helps me to meet them. I am clear on what is expected of me and i can learn a lot from my experience.
5. How much support do you receive from your employer?
I receive support in my work and learning and i know what i am doing. If i ask a question they answer to the best of their ability. I am not afraid to ask questions as this will benefit me in the long run. My employer is reasonably supportive towards me.
6. How much support do you receive from your training provider when working towards your qualifications?
I am still very early on programme and haven't had much interaction with my trainer as yet, but i have met her. I know from my fellow apprentices that she is really nice and helpful and i am looking forward very much to working with her through my apprenticeship programme.
7. How well do you feel that your qualification (through your training provider) helps you to perform better in your role?
Again I can't really say much about this as i am new to the programme and I am still shadowing my colleagues so don't have much experience of it as yet. I am keen to learn and over the next few weeks i will hopefully improve my skills and knowledge.
8. Are there extra-curricular activities to get involved in at your work? (For example, any social activities, sports teams, or even professional networking events.)
There are no extra curricular activities that i know of in my workplace. I have however met my colleagues out of work to do a little shopping for an activity we were planning; this went well. We do have a messenger group (with the other apprentices) so we can share our ideas.
9a. Would you recommend Anchor Trust to a friend?
Anchor are supportive as an organisation towards their apprentices; they have helped me to gain experience as an apprentice. They have helped me to start making steps towards a career that i have always been interested in. I feel supported in my role and look forward to my work every day. I would recommend them.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Anchor Trust?
The advice i would give them is to be happy and confident and be ready to learn from their experiences. Rather than going to college i can earn a wage and gain my qualification at the same time, which i need to do and would encourage others to do the same.
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