1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
My role involves assisting residents with personal care, moving and handling and getting them from point A to point B in a safe environment. My role is also to assist with food service and assist with eating and drinking while maintaining their dignity and privacy. I support the other care workers in my location.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
I have developed new skills in areas such as personal care and hygiene, working as part of a team. Better communication skills with residents and my work colleagues. I have also gained experience as part of doing my qualification which i have enjoyed. i continue to learn and every day is different.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
I enjoy the programme as i think it benefits lots of people who want to get into this line of work and develop new skills and knowledge; it has helped me to understand the industry. I also like the programme because of the support you get from the trainers and staff members.
4. How well organised/structured is your programme?
I think the programme is well organised however there have been certain parts of it that were confusing; this was mainly around my qualification and not the trainer. overall i think the programme was quite successful but had some tiny flaws; but we have worked around them. It has been a roller coaster.
5. How much support do you receive from your employer?
I receive a lot of support from my employers. the staff members here as well as my manager and trainer. They have been supportive throughout and helped me to move forward and encouraged me to learn in my role everyday as an apprentice care assistant and as a young person coming into care.
6. How much support do you receive from your training provider when working towards your qualifications?
My trainer has been very supportive she has stayed in contact throughout; she always texts me before an appointment to make me aware of our next meeting date and time. If i wasn't sure on anything she has explained it in a way to help me to understand it better.
7. How well do you feel that your qualification (through your training provider) helps you to perform better in your role?
My qualification helps me when i have been in situations where i need to think on my feet doing my qualification has helped me to look back on a question or module and use my initiative to support me with the situation i am in and with the decision I am making.
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 particular activities i have been involved in as my personal situation doesn't allow me to join in (i have a young family) however i have been asked to join in with activities outside work so I feel part of the team and involved, I don't feel isolated as a team member.
9a. Would you recommend Anchor Trust to a friend?
Anchor have offered me the opportunity to become a qualified carer and it is beneficial to people in lots of ways. It has a good diversity of people and no one is left out and part of a team; Anchor accepts everyone. Being a male carer doesn't stop you from learning and developing as a carer.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Anchor Trust?
I would tell them that there isn't any reason not to apply; you will be treated in the same way as female carers and not discriminated against. I would also say cherish every moment and speak to residents as they have the best stories and you can learn so much from them.
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