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The joy of SIX - Apprentice Academy next steps


Profile: Oaklea, 28th Jun, 2021

In 2020 we launched our Oaklea Apprentice Academy in conjunction with Kendal College.

We had 2 successful graduates as a result (described as a ‘dream pair’ -see below!) Now we are on the search for 6 new Apprentices as the project goes from strength to strength.

One of the graduates from 2020 is Felix -this is what he had to say:

“My apprenticeship through Kendal College with Oaklea has been an amazing and fulfilling experience for me. I have loved every placement I have done so far and it has been so rewarding being able to learn and help people at the same time. All the staff and service users are very friendly and a joy to work with.”

What is the Apprentice Academy -and what will I be doing if I sign up?

After launching our Apprentice Academy in September 2020, two new Apprentices joined Oaklea and we are looking for further six outstanding apprentices to join us in September 2021. These are fantastic opportunities to earn as you learn, gaining valuable experience working in an established organisation which will provide you with a great start to your career in Social Care.

Stephen Parkinson from our HR Team:

The Apprenticeship will last for two years, you will work 35 hours per week which will include one day per week at college, undertaking the theory work with your Social Care Tutor. Over the two years you will gain first-hand experience working in various work locations and with customers with varying needs and learning and physical disabilities. The customers you work with will vary in age from children to older adults and you will work on a rotational basis changing work location every three months. You will have four rotations in year one and will repeat this in year two allowing you to apply your knowledge gained in year one to progress your skills, knowledge and experience in the beginning of your career in Adult Social Care.”

Above: Social care is all about people - long (and up)standing Oaklea support Pauline ensuring those she supports make the most of life -you could do the same

And what will the day to day experience be like? - here’s Stephen again

“Your apprenticeship will include 20% of your contracted hours to be ‘off the job’ training. This will generally be attendance at College, however, this could also include attendance at meetings, attending training, coaching and mentoring. A personalised plan will be developed for each apprentice. Following the apprenticeship you will have a recognised qualification of Level 3 in Adult Social Care and will have the opportunity to join Oaklea as a permanent employee. Oaklea are passionate about career development for our employees, and there are opportunities to progress your career with Oaklea into roles such as Team Supervisor, Team Manager or Registered Manager and training and development to support this progression.”

Top Teamwork - Apprentice Emily (in middle) getting stuck in on her placement

Our 2 successful Apprentices - Emily & Felix have not just been busy at Oaklea - they’ve also passed on their knowledge to other students at Kendal College:

Kelli Horner Apprenticeship Manager from Kendal College:

“We are really proud of Emily and Felix Both agreed to speak to Level 2 and Level 3 Health and Social Care students about their experience as an Apprentice with The Oaklea Trust. This was no easy task as the majority of the students were a similar age and the group sizes were large. Felix demonstrated a calm and supportive approach and resulted in fantastic feedback from the tutors who attended the session. I understand that both Emily and Felix spoke in a manner that encouraged many questions from their audience and promoted the valuable service they offer in a particularly positive light.”

Kelli adds:

“Feedback from one of the tutors stated that “Emily and Felix represented their organisation with pride and passion” and as a result much interest was shown in Apprenticeship and the opportunities available within Oaklea. Emily was a bit nervous initially but they worked as a team and Felix took the stage with confidence. They were able to answer the complex questions asked and I would be more than happy to ask them to represent us and yourself again if required. They really are the dream pair!”

Apprenticeships are good for you!

There’s so much you can gain by doing an Apprenticeship -We caught up with Kelli at Kendal College:

So how do I become an Apprentice in 2021?

If you want to become an Apprentice and make a career in social care - apply direct via our HR Team I want to become an Oaklea Apprentice Or if you want to know more and prefer to talk to one of the team T:01539 735025

Bringing up the rear but leading from the front: Emily learning by doing - busy at Manor Barn an Oaklea House in Kendal

Oaklea customer Steve knows you could make a real difference to his life…that’s why we are also….

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