You’re hired – Wentworth Court takes on apprentices
19th July 2016
A Cheltenham nursing home specialising in dementia care has taken on its first apprentices who will benefit from a programme of training and support in health and social care.
Wentworth Court on Village Road has welcomed 18 year-old Jordan Robertson from Tewkesbury and Alicia Burns, aged 17 from Cheltenham to the team.
The apprentices will begin their careers in the care industry by undertaking a 12-week care induction followed by a 22-module Level 2 programme that will support each apprentice in gaining their Level 2 diploma in health & social care.
Alongside their study and hands-on learning at the home, the new recruits will be paid a salary and will have the opportunity of a full-time job at the end of the year.
The home, which opened in May 2015, hopes to take on up to five apprentices in total this year and welcomes enquiries from young people who may be currently considering their career options.
Wentworth Court’s training manager, Drew Ennett-Saunders said: “Our commitment to younger people is to provide a firm grounding and hopefully create a passion for working in the care industry.
“The qualifications they will gain with us will provide an excellent springboard for a career in nursing or as a senior care professional.”
The apprenticeship scheme is provided in partnership with Cheltenham training and assessment company, Independent Training based in Lansdown, who provide expertise in matching apprentices with employers and offer ongoing placement support.
Wentworth Court prides itself on its ‘whole home’ approach to training, where every staff member – administrators, carers, nursing staff, managers and the maintenance, housekeeping and catering teams – undertakes a care qualification including units in safeguarding, dignity and dementia care.
The home received a ‘thumbs up’ from the Care Quality Commission (CQC) at the end of last year receiving a ‘good’ in all categories, meeting the criteria of being safe, effective, caring, responsive and well-managed.
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