A pair of green-fingered apprentices helped transform a green space at a Worcester care home to mark National Apprenticeship Week (NAW).
The two apprentices, Jack Banks and Kieran Weston, from Sanctuary Group dug in and transformed a piece of shaded ground at Juniper House Residential Care Home with colourful flowers for residents to enjoy.
National Apprenticeship Week
Kieran, who, along with Jack, studies at Pershore College, said: “I’m really grateful to have been given this opportunity during National Apprenticeship Week. I’ve been able to put my skills to good use and gain practical experience whilst doing something which will also benefit the local community. I hope the residents will be able to really enjoy the new plants and flowers.”
Cindy Hawkins, the care home’s manager, added: “The apprentices have done a fantastic job and our residents will be delighted with the new plants and flowers, particularly with spring being on its way.
“We’re happy we were able to offer this valuable opportunity to the apprentices who are just at the beginning of their careers and clearly so eager to learn.”
Juniper House Residential Care Home, managed by Sanctuary Care, forms part of Sanctuary’s £22 million care and supported housing development known as Sanctuary Grove. Part-funded by the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA), the development off Bromyard Road comprises a 60-bed care home (Juniper House), a mix of 24 retirement living apartments and bungalows and 15 homes for adults with learning disabilities, where residents have access to a variety of care and support as needed. There is also an independent living scheme, Noble House, providing a mix of 60 apartments for general rent and shared ownership.
This activity is one of a number organised by Sanctuary Group in support of NAW (14-18 March) - an annual event, organised by the National Apprenticeship Service, which celebrates the talents and skills of apprentices and the value of apprenticeship programmes.
Sanctuary operates a UK-wide apprenticeship scheme that is helping many young people into employment.
The award winning scheme has supported almost 2,000 young people into placements, both directly within Sanctuary and through development partners.
The programme provides apprentices with a meaningful career path, on-the-job training, support in achieving nationally recognised qualifications and the opportunity to earn while they learn.
For more information visit www.sanctuary-apprenticeships.co.uk