Kate's apprenticeship journey
As a specialist in providing training for the adult care sector, Taunton-based Swatpro partner Hudson Training are used to helping people acquire the skills and motivation they need to succeed in this dynamic part of the economy.
Like all Swatpro partners, Hudson's methods are based on a bespoke approach: tailoring training to suit the employer and the trainee.
Here, former apprentice Kate Brown speaks eloquently on how that approach paid dividends for her - even amidst the Coronavirus emergency!
"As I took up my role as a CAREGiver within Home Instead Senior Care, I was excited and motivated to not only take up a different career, but also to learn about the health and social care sector and the many different aspects that it covers.
"Having completed various courses within my first year at Home Instead, my manager thought that it would be a good idea for me to do my Adult Care Apprenticeship. As I was very keen to enhance my professional development as much as I could in order to deliver the best possible care to my clients, I was more than willing to take up the offer. So, after my initial meeting with an employee from Hudson Training where I was asked for copies of some of my academic certificates (GCSE Maths and GCSE English), my year-long Apprenticeship started.
"Looking back on it, I am so glad that I made the decision to do my apprenticeship. My experience throughout the whole process was thoroughly enjoyable and it really was a great opportunity for me to develop as an individual as well as a CAREGiver. The content throughout the course was relevant to my role and it really enhanced my knowledge and understanding of the health and social care world. The topics that I studied were extremely informative, varied and relevant.
"Meeting with Michelle from Hudson Training once a month, was perfect. The tasks that were set out for me to do were accomplished within this time, meaning that I was on task throughout and I was able to add any extra learning to my monthly tasks via the Hudson Training E-Learning website as well as any other E-Learning courses or courses run through Home Instead (such as Parkinsons Awareness).
"My support throughout the apprenticeship process couldn’t have been better. Michelle was so easy to talk to and was always positive. Tasks were clearly set out and monthly dates for meetings were established in advance and written in the diary. My folder was checked at each meeting to make sure that the work set had been completed correctly and feedback was always given. I knew who to get hold of if I had any questions and any questions that I did have were answered quickly and effectively by Michelle.
"After the year, it was time for me to do my End Point Assessment. Following on from the initial cancellations due to Covid-19, I managed to complete both my Multiple-Choice Test (via SKYPE), as well as my Professional Discussion through a phone call from the assessor. Although I was nervous before both of these examinations, I knew that I had worked hard throughout the year, had completed some practice tests and had read up on all the topics covered during my Apprenticeship. I was ready!
"Once the Multiple-Choice Test had finished, I remember trying to recall some of the questions, hoping that I had chosen the correct answers! When the call came that I had got a Distinction for the first part of my exam, I was over-the-moon and was keen to get on with the Professional Discussion. A week later, the phone rang, and I completed the second and final part of the exam.
"After 45 minutes, the test concluded, and I had a really positive feeling about the process. This feeling was enhanced even more when the assessor said that it had been ‘the best professional discussion that he had ever had.’ I was so pleased with myself, however, I still had to wait for my grade. A week later, I was told that I had got a Distinction overall for my efforts. I was thrilled and so happy to have completed the course and to have obtained the top grade at the end of it. My hard work had paid off and it really was worth it."