Elly began her Apprenticeship in Health & Social Care at Intermediate level, progressed onto Advanced level and is now undertaking the apprenticeship at Higher level. She is employed at The Gables Rest Home as their Training Lead.
Elly had worked in and out of care since leaving school but it was only when she started at The Gables that she was encouraged to gain formal qualifications. Elly says, “I have been supported to gain qualifications and additional training as my role has progressed. In addition to my health and social care qualifications I was also supported to get my Level 3 Award In Education And Training (PTLLS).”
“I am currently on a Higher Apprenticeship in Care Leadership and Management. I am really enjoying studying and the support from the assessor is excellent. She has a wealth of knowledge and continues to stretch me to find out more.”
The Gables are delighted with Elly’s progress, “Training is very important in our business and I always support my staff to continue their education. Developing my staff has a real benefit to how they approach their role, which improves the care in our home. You never stop learning. The apprenticeship route has allowed me to invest in my existing staff resulting in a low turnover of staff. It is not the doing but how we do it.”
Elly is an example of how far you can progress within your chosen career, through the apprenticeship route. It also highlights the benefits to employers who can develop the training and education of their staff in the workplace.
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Thank you for all your hard work this year and your continued efforts in very unusual circumstances. We do hope you feel well supported by the College in this period of home learning.
We have now heard from the official body Ofqual about how your GCSE exam grades in English and maths will be determined. This is explained in this STANDARD LETTER and we would encourage you all to read it, and to share it with your parents/carers where appropriate.
Your grades will be based on your classroom work and assessments completed since September and your progress reviews to date. They will also be guided by your English or maths tutor, who knows you best and knows how hard you’ve worked. Very specific guidance will be followed by the teachers in this respect to ensure consistency across the country.
Your English and maths tutors will continue to be in touch with you, and to set work, up to the point when grades are to be submitted and you should continue to work on your English and maths until this point.
It may be tempting to ask your teacher or tutor about your potential grades or about the work that they will be doing to determine them, HOWEVER, YOU SHOULD NOT DO SO. They will not be able to discuss this with you, and the grades will be confidential and subject to Ofqual processes and checks before the release date in the summer.
Once the grades have been released in the summer anyone unhappy with their result will have the opportunity to appeal.
Please refer back to our UPDATES page for any FAQ’s you may have.