Apprentices choose a career in care
An apprenticeship scheme in Barnet, North London has been successful in recruiting young people to become care workers.
Introduced in November 2005, The Fremantle Trust’s Barnet Apprentice Scheme has now taken it its third cohort. The scheme is run in partnership with the NHS and was originally set up with the aim of providing a foundation in person-centred care for young people thinking of entering nursing.
However, several apprentices from the first cohort have since decided, because of their apprenticeship experience, that they are staying on as permanent Fremantle carers.
The first 10 apprentices (18-25 year olds) were supplied by the NHS and were placed in Fremantle’s five care homes in Barnet. Since then there has been a second and third intake, each of of five apprentices. The training starts with Fremantle’s induction course (which all new staff members receive) and key skills training, which is provided by the NHS.
They all subsequently start on the NVQ level 2 in soc