Please tell us a little bit about your current role:
I have mainly worked in mid-Essex as a community support worker for nearly 23 years, having a particular interest in occupational therapy (OT) equipment.
Why did you decide to do an apprenticeship?
I decided to do a Level 4 – Lead Practitioner in Adult Care pre-apprenticeship, alongside retaking my English GCSE, as it will enable me to meet the academic entry requirements to apply for a BSc (Hons) Occupational Therapy. Prior to this, I hadn’t had any formal academic study within the last 5 years.
What are your career goals? What would you like to do after your apprenticeship?
Now my family is growing up, I am looking to a apply for a Essex County Council OT apprenticeship. I’ve always had a particular interest in OT equipment and tech.
Would you recommend completing an apprenticeship? If so, why
Yes, It is a very good way of increasing knowledge in your working role and academic study.
What is one thing you are proud of that you have achieved whilst completing your apprenticeship?
As part of my course assignments, I have produced a PowerPoint on personification and health and safety at work. I presented to new starters and students, completed a research project on how OT can empower individuals, and presented in team meetings. All these presentations help to improve practice among my colleagues.
Outside of your apprenticeship, what do you enjoy to do?
I like being active and enjoy the friendship and banter at my regular exercise classes. In the summer, I enjoy dingy sailing on the Blackwater Estuary. I am also often seen cycling into County Hall.
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