An Oxfordshire teen is putting health and social care apprentices on the map by taking part in a ‘job swap’ event for National Apprenticeship Week (9-13 March).
Apprentice and Deputy Director swap places
Daisy Bowe, who is currently on her first six month placement at Sanctuary Care’s Wantage Nursing Home in Garston Lane, will be showing Seona Douglas, Deputy Director for Adult Social Care at Oxfordshire County Council what she has learnt so far.
The 18-year-old started her placement in September and is keen to showcase the valuable skills she has picked up to date by demonstrating her typical day.
Apprentice learns with Sanctuary Care
When asked what she has learnt so far with Sanctuary Care, Daisy, said: “It’s hard to pinpoint anything specific as there’s so much. Before I had little experience in a care setting but now I’m confident in a range of areas including personal care and communicating with older people.”
Wantage Nursing Home manager, Samantha Bell, added: “Sanctuary Care is dedicated to supporting apprentices like Daisy and teaming up with Oxfordshire County Council is a fantastic way to help support this.
“Daisy is currently carrying out a sterling service throughout her placement and within the short five months she’s already a big part of Wantage Nursing Home’s team”.
Daisy job shadows Deputy Director
The job swap will also see Daisy hang up her uniform and see what it’s like to spend the day walking in Seona’s shoes – from sitting in on service management meetings to liaising with key county council partners.
Commenting on the work experience opportunity with Seona, Daisy, added: “It’s fantastic to see how Seona works, it’s an amazing experience for me and I’m so grateful – it’s a very big thing!"
Promoting health and social care opportunities
Seona concluded: “I am so proud of Oxfordshire County Council’s Health and Social Care Apprenticeship scheme and all that we are doing to encourage young people into the Adult Social Care workforce. It’s great to work with our partners Sanctuary Care and to promote the fantastic opportunities on offer.
"I hope that lots more young people will follow in Daisy’s footsteps and seize the opportunity to do something really special.”
About Accessing Social Care Careers
Accessing Social Care Careers, part of Oxfordshire County Council, promotes health and social care careers including the delivery of work experience and apprenticeships with a range of community providers, including care homes, hospitals, trusts and well-known charities.
The award-winning apprenticeship programme, which strives to develop prospects and careers, consist of two six month placements in different areas of health and social care in the bid to enhance transferrable skills and highlight the breadth of opportunities available in the sector.
To date, Oxfordshire County Council has recruited 147 health and social care apprentices since 2006 by working with care providers like Sanctuary Care.