A cohort of our former Health and Social Care apprentices who worked on the front line throughout the pandemic have celebrated achieving distinctions all round.
The group completed their qualifications between July 2021 and August this year, whilst in their roles at Sheffield Children’s Hospital, after embarking on their apprenticeships as long ago as January 2019.
As well as their Level 3 Senior Healthcare Support Worker (Children and Young People) qualification, some apprentices also completed their Level 2 Maths and English qualifications and Care Certificates.
“It was all so challenging, balancing working and studying through the pandemic, but it was so worth it.”
Former apprentice Liz Parker had been out of education for a number of years and was a band two support worker when she first embarked on her studies. She then secured a band three role while she was studying and went on to achieve a distinction in her apprenticeship, something she thought she ‘would never be able to do’.
Liz said: “Without the help of our tutor Nicola, I don’t think we would have achieved what we did.
“She was brilliant. She was always on the end of the phone, and she taught us things in a way which we could really understand. Nicola really would go above and beyond for us.
“At the beginning, I thought to myself, ‘I’m never going to be able to do this’ and look at me now.
“It was all so challenging, balancing working and studying through the pandemic, but it was so worth it.
“Another great thing I’ve got out of this experience is meeting such great people, and of course achieving a distinction at the end of it.”
Nicola Lovell, our Apprenticeships Manager, who taught the apprentices, added: “This is such a great achievement to be celebrating with my former students, and now brilliant support workers from Sheffield Children’s Hospital.
“They have had so many challenges to overcome. Some had been out of education for a number of years, and returning is a challenge in itself.
“With the added challenge of Covid-19 and working in the NHS, this is a massive achievement.
“To have achieved distinctions during unprecedented times is phenomenal. I am immensely proud of this group of students.”
Last updated: 2nd November 2022
Originally posted on: 2nd November 2022