Case Studies

Case Studies

Name: Bump-Start Coordinator

Training Provider:

APPRENTICESHIP: The Real Birth Training programme

Employer: Home-Start West Somerset

"Up skilling our work force has not only personally developed their own skills and knowledge but has also given them a sense of belonging and investment in to the organsiation they work for, they are able to bring in their new knowledge and qualifications and use this to benefit our organsiation, giving it another layer of credibility."
Bump-Start Coordinator
Home-Start West Somerset

Introduction –what does the company do, what is your job role?

Supports families through their pregnancy and first year of baby’s life

What do you see as the benefits for the employer and/or individual in undertaking an Apprenticeship?

​It has given our organsiation some wonderful genuine credibility and ratified ante natal provision, which will help us in further funding opportunities and higher standard delivery of service expectations


For the apprenticeship, it has given them the skills and knowledge necessary to improve their own personnel development and more and confidence knowledge to better support our families

 

What do you see as the benefits of working in West Somerset & what would you say to someone thinking about coming to West Somerset to work?

West Somerset has a wonderful diverse sense of work opportunities with a great network of support.

Name: Abbie eatough

Training Provider: Richard Huish

APPRENTICESHIP: Maternity

Employer: Musgrove Park Hospital

"The apprenticeship route has massively widened my knowledge and contributed to my journey in midwifery and my access to different job routes "
Abby Eatough
Maternity Apprentice

Introduction –what does the company do, what is your job role?

To support women and families throughout their pregnancy and postnatally.

What do you see as the benefits for the employer and/or individual in undertaking an Apprenticeship?

The employer produces workers with thorough training and knowledge who are competent in all areas. 

What is your typical day and what do you enjoy most?

A typical days is a 12.5 hour shift on the postnatal ward Current rotation) where time is spent supporting women with breastfeeding and care of their baby and supporting the midwives with any support they need.

What skills/attributes are important for anyone wishing to start in this sector?
Compassion and good communication is key for this role. The enthusiasm to get involved and out of your comfort zone is also very important

What do you see as the benefits of working in West Somerset & what would you say to someone thinking about coming to West Somerset to work?

The benefits in West somerset are the total support you are given with anything you may struggle with.

Name: MOLLY DAVEY​

Training Provider:
Richard Huish

APPRENTICESHIP: Maternity

Employer:
Musgrove Park Hospital

"Experience for future training to build confidence in ward areas"​
Molly Davey
Maternity Apprentice

Introduction –what does the company do, what is your job role?

To support families with care in pregnancy to postnatal

What do you see as the benefits for the employer and/or individual in undertaking an Apprenticeship?

To gain confidence and communication skills with others

What is your typical day and what do you enjoy most?

Obs, feeding support – seeing woman’s bf process

What skills/attributes are important for anyone wishing to start in this sector?
Communication, pro active, learning more confidence

What do you see as the benefits of working in West Somerset & what would you say to someone thinking about coming to West Somerset to work?

Expand my knowledge, learning new skills

Name: ILZE BABBAGE​

Training Provider:

APPRENTICESHIP: Level 2 Business Admin​

Employer: Danesfield Middle School

"It's never boring "
"you learn about the job as you go and you will know if you are going to like it as a career"
Ilze Babbage
Level 2 Business Admin

​Introduction –what does the company do, what is your job role?

Ilze is 34 years old and moved to England from Latvia in 2005. She has two children, aged 2 and 5.

Before having children, Ilze worked in catering and then decided she wanted to work in admin, but didn’t have enough qualifications or experience.

She assumed apprenticeships were for young people. However, Ilze started her Level 2 Business Admin apprenticeship in April 2018 and is nearly finished. She would like to progress to do Level 3 and has been offered a full time position at Danesfield from September 2019.

She is now working at Danesfield Middle School in Williton and her husband is in the army. This type of work suits her as she needs to work around childcare, school hours and school holiday.

What do you see as the benefits for the employer and/or individual in undertaking an Apprenticeship?

Her favourite thing about working in the school is that no day is the same. ‘It is never boring’ and she learns new things every day.

Ilze would recommend apprenticeships. She has been to Uni in Latvia, but with an apprenticeship ‘you learn about the job as you go and you will know if you are going to like it as a career’.

Name: Adam Reaney

Training Provider:
Richard Huish

APPRENTICESHIP:
LEVEL 3 IN ADULT CARE

Employer:
Glen Lyn residentialcare home

“Choosing the Apprenticeship route has worked well for us all. The depth of knowledge gained from working on site has equipped them with skills specific to our business and ensured them of a continuing career with us.”
Melanie Reaney
Home Manager/Proprietor

Introduction –what does the company do, what is your job role?
Glen Lyn is a residential home for the elderly. I provide personal care for 12 older people

What do you see as the benefits for the employer and/or individual in undertaking an Apprenticeship?
The employer gets a working member of staff whilst able to pay an apprenticeship wage. Working in the Home means I get to really understand how the Home works and service user’s needs.

What is your typical day & what do you enjoy most?
Assisting people to bathe, wash and dress, administering medication, serving meals and contributing to therapeutic activity. I also escort residents for medical and social appointments.

I really enjoy spending 1:1 time with the service users and finding out about their lives

What skills/attributes that are important for anyone wishing to start in this sector?
Patience is an absolute essential plus a sense of humour.

What do you see as the benefits of working in West Somerset & what would you say to someone thinking about coming to West Somerset to work?
Its people are very friendly The pace of life can be a little slow but that too can be very beneficial for health and wellbeing. I feel very safe here.

Name:
ANDREI BOGDAN ROSCA

Training Provider:
Richard Huish

APPRENTICESHIP:
Level 2 Apprenticeship in Care

Employer:
The Dene Lodge specialist Dementia Care Home

“Completing the apprenticeship has helped me to develop my knowledge. It has also helped me to improve my position in my workplace and I am now earning more money!”
Andrei Bogdan Rosca
Care Support Worker

Introduction –what does the company do, what is your job role?
Dene Lodge is a residential home for the elderly. My role involves supporting residents with personal care and daily living tasks. I administer medications and speak with GP’s. I complete records such as care plans and ensure all my tasks are completed to a high standard.

What do you see as the benefits for the employer and/or individual in undertaking an Apprenticeship?
The benefits to me are that I have learnt a lot about care. It means I now have a senior position in my workplace and am earning more money.

What is your typical day & what do you enjoy most?
A typical day involves delegating tasks to my colleagues, supporting residents with personal care and helping with mealtimes. I enjoy the team work in my workplace and I enjoy looking after people. I am enjoying my new responsibilities.

What skills/attributes that are important for anyone wishing to start in this sector?
It is important to have good communication skills and it is also important to be caring and compassionate.

What do you see as the benefits of working in West Somerset & what would you say to someone thinking about coming to West Somerset to work?
The benefits of working in West Somerset are that there are lots of lovely places to visit and nice scenery. It is normally very quiet and not like big cities. It is cheaper to live here.

Name:
Gemma howell

Training Provider:

APPRENTICESHIP:
EDF Apprenticeship

Employer:
EDF

“The idea of earning money instead of taking a student loan seemed an obvious choice and so I applied for the supply chain apprenticeship scheme with EDF Energy.”
Gemma Howell
EDF Energy Apprentice

Gemma Howell from Minehead took part in one of our STEM assemblies when she was at school and it changed her thinking on career options completely.

“My first involvement with EDF Energy was seven years ago, in a Year 9 assembly, when a team of STEM ambassadors had come to my school to deliver a presentation.

“It seemed to me like another world. A man’s world; something I had no interest in. And then a young woman walked out from behind the screen and led the entire presentation. She broke any preconceptions I had about the industry and suddenly made it accessible.

“I’d always loved science, but living in an area where tourism is the primary industry I’d never really understood where it could take me. It was the first time such an idea had been presented to me in such an accessible manner and that was it; I wanted a career in science.

“With GCSE options looming, the timing of the event was critical. I suddenly felt empowered to make decisions for what I wanted to do with my career.

“I was in my final year of A levels when I began to fill out my university application – the automatic step. But I suddenly realised that it wasn’t for me. I withdrew my application for university and began looking into higher apprenticeship schemes. The idea of earning money instead of taking a student loan seemed an obvious choice and so I applied for the supply chain apprenticeship scheme with EDF Energy.

“A few months later I was fortunate enough to gain a place on the scheme and becoming part of Hinkley Point C was a fantastic opportunity, one that I am ever so grateful for.

“This is beginning to create a real foundation for me to launch a career. To me Hinkley Point C is about so much more than ‘turning the lights on’. It’s about bringing hope and opportunity to an area that is often deprived of such things. It’s about making a difference in the local communities, whether it’s encouraging young people to pursue a career in science or creating opportunities for local businesses. I feel privileged to be part of this project, to contribute to such a significant part of the UK infrastructure but, more importantly, to help give back to an area that has given me so much and inspire the next generation of young people to achieve.”

If you are interested in finding out more about apprenticeships for employers or individuals, please contact Skill Up Somerset