Anchor’s apprenticeship scheme gets top rating

Posted on November 14th, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off on Anchor’s apprenticeship scheme gets top rating

An apprenticeship scheme run by care home and retirement housing charity Anchor has been rated the best in the country.

Katie Rankin, Anchor’s Qualifications & Apprenticeships Manager, and apprentice Pearl Thomas

Anchor, which is England’s largest not-for-profit provider of care and housing for older people, has come tops in the Rate My Apprenticeship Award, coming-in ahead of Virgin Media, Deloitte, Land Rover and BAE Systems.

The award saw apprentices from across the UK rate their apprenticeship, basing their views on how valued they feel, the support they get on programme, development opportunities and how much they earn.

“We’re incredibly honoured to be voted the number one employer of apprentices, especially as it is our apprentices’ feedback which has got us there,” said Katie Rankin, Anchor’s qualifications & apprenticeships manager.

“We’re passionate about developing future talent, giving young people the opportunity to gain new skills and make a real difference to older people’s lives. We’re extremely proud of all of our apprentices; they inspire us and make us proud every day.

“More than 55 of our 120 care homes and three offices support an apprentice so far. We know that this programme helps to develop young people into fantastic carers and is a very worthwhile investment to support us into the future.”

The Anchor Apprenticeship Academy gives young people opportunities to combine learning with hands-on experience working in their care home. There have been five cohorts of apprentices since June 2015 with 50 apprentices having secured a permanent role within Anchor. The apprentices can either work in one of Anchor’s care homes or in the support teams in the charity’s main offices in Bradford, London or Newcastle.

Anchor launched its apprenticeships’ scheme as part of its drive to professionalise the care sector as well as addressing the shortfall of one million carers needed to look after the country’s older people by 2025. At present only 10% of young people work in care.

Pearl Thomas, 20, who works at Birkenhead Court care home in Challis Street, Birkenhead, said it was no surprise the apprenticeship, which she graduated from in early October, had received such an accolade.

“I have learnt so much about how to deal with different situations and I now have the confidence to provide the best care possible,” said Pearl.

“I enjoy my job and have a great sense of achievement that I am helping and giving back to those who sacrificed a lot in their life.

“I would recommend care to young people as you can learn so much. A downside to the job is seeing the difficulties older people have living with dementia or arthritis, but as a carer I can support them so they live life to the fullest.”

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