FROM HAIR TO CARE
How Luke changed careers with the help of Care College.
After almost 10 years working as a hairdresser, it was time for Luke to put down his scissors and make a career change. He wanted a role where he could help people to feel like the best version of themselves, and a career in care came calling.
His first role was with the social care provider and one of Jersey’s largest charities, Les Amis. While working for them as a Support Worker, Luke studied and completed his Health and Social Care Diploma (QCF Level 2).
In 2016, Luke moved to Scotland, where he continued to work in the sector as a Home Carer and Support Worker before returning to Jersey three years later.
Since returning, Luke has been in the role of Senior Support Worker at Les Amis and is working towards his Level 3 Diploma in Care.
He’s due to complete his studies very shortly and has already enrolled on our Level 3 Award in Assessing Competence in the Workplace. With this qualification, Luke can support and mentor his colleagues as they study and advance their careers.
When we asked Luke about his learning experience with Care College, he said,
“Studying with Care College has been a great experience. I’ve received invaluable feedback on each unit, and I especially enjoy the classroom sessions. Working in a group and discussing other people’s experiences and opinions is excellent.
Care College has helped me progress my skills and opened doors to different career options.”
SUPPORT AT ALL LEVELS
How Ann is using Care College to support her own development and that of her team
Ann has experienced impressive progression in her care career. Starting as a Care Assistant, she is now the manager of a Learning Disability and Mental Health Service.
Her strengths in troubleshooting and problem-solving and her passion for creating person-centred support plans make Ann a natural leader in a care setting.
Ann completed a Diploma in Leadership and Management for Adult Care (RQF Level 5) to develop her skills further with us. She chose Care College after hearing positive things about us and hitting it off with our Education Lead, Megan.
Talking about her experience, Ann told us,
“Megan is there when I need her to be. She confirms my understanding, and learning with her has enabled me to achieve another promotion.
Care College provides an alternative approach to delivering training that uses actual events and case studies which help with reflection and comprehension.
I have experienced only positive interactions and have arranged for my team to complete a variety of diplomas with Care College later this year. I honestly cannot see why we would use any other company for our training needs.”
How Emma found her feet and self-belief while studying with Care College
After moving into the care sector following many years in education, Emma wanted to ensure she was competent and professional in her new role. This desire led her to Care College. She is studying for a Diploma in Management & Leadership in Adult Social Care (Level 5 RQF) and already has her sights on future learning.
When we spoke with Emma about her experience, she told us,
“I began to look for appropriate training options online and discovered the range of courses available through Care College.
I was looking for knowledgeable and proficient practitioners to share their expertise and experience with me during my learning journey. I also wanted flexibility and the option of studying at my own pace.
I made contact and felt confident I would be supported in my learning as Megan was so approachable. I was also impressed with the range of courses available, which I could see us using for our other staff training needs.”
I initially felt a slight sense of trepidation and worried that the other learners on the course would be more experienced than me and that I might struggle with the content. During the first few units, Megan was on hand to reassure me, and the links between my learning and my practice became more apparent and more robust. I have grown in confidence and competence since starting, and I plan to learn more once I complete this course.
Megan supported me when unsure and encouraged me when I suggested ideas. I didn’t feel rushed during our one-to-ones. I could engage in professional discussions, which were invaluable in developing my proposals for my written work and practice.
Embarking on this course of study has shown my board that I am committed and actively engaged in developing our service.”