“It is hard work, but it’s worth it!” Meet Apprentice Chelsea…

Stocks Hall Apprentice Chelsea Hardingham celebrates the successful completion of a year long apprenticeship scheme which has given her the tools to pursue a career in the Care Sector.

Chelsea, 20, began her Health Care Assistant Apprenticeship scheme with Stocks Hall Andrew Smith House Care Home back in June 2016 and has not looked back since!

Discussing her decision to join the apprenticeship scheme, she says “I wanted to have a career in Care because of how rewarding it is – you are able to make a change in a person’s life for the individuals who need it most.  You don’t need previous experience or qualifications to apply, just a caring nature and a genuine desire to improve the lives of people.”

The apprenticeship scheme is a work based learning programme that provides a structured development route to give staff the skills the industry requires.  A great way to start out in the Care profession, the programme offers an opportunity to develop skills and experience to a lifetime career.

Speaking about her journey, Chelsea says “Coming into work is more like going to your second home.  You see tears, you see smiles and best of all, it’s all about the people.  I enjoy making people smile the most, making jokes and seeing a person smile or laugh is one of the best feelings to ever experience.  Every day is heart-warming.”

“The Home is such a great place to work and the support is second to none. Nothing beats actually doing the job and putting all that you’ve learned into practice.”

Chelsea’s determination and hardwork has led her to successfully completing the programme and gaining a full time job opportunity at the Home.

Manager of Stocks Hall Andrew Smith House, Jayms Bell says “Chelsea’s approach to the programme was fantastic, she has grown and developed massively during this time, everyone is so proud of everything she has achieved.  Chelsea is an asset to our team here at the Home.”

Summarising Chelsea says “You’re going to face challenges and some days where you doubt yourself.  Be prepared to do things that you never thought you would have to do.  It is hard work, but it’s worth it.”

On successful completion of this apprenticeship, there is the opportunity to progress to an advanced apprenticeship in Health and Social Care or a related Level 3 course which is a supervisory role.

Congratulations to Chelsea from all at Stocks Hall Nursing & Care Group – we hope to continue to work with her for the duration of her career and to support her progression to a Level 3 and eventually a Level 5 qualification.