A SOCIAL care charity with a base in Airdrie has announced fully-funded health and social care modern apprenticeships opportunities will soon be available to people aged 18-to-29 in Monklands.
Cornerstone’s modern apprenticeship scheme gives those looking to pursue or develop their career in health and social care the opportunity to “gain a sector-recognised qualification whilst working in a paid role as a support worker or team member”.
Sheila Gordon, Cornerstone’s training academy lead, explained: “A modern apprenticeship is an excellent route for young people to pursue and develop a career in health and social care.
“It allows candidates to invest in their own continuous learning and development, whilst keeping up to date with the latest skills, techniques and regulations.
“Importantly, it also allows young people to convert their on-the-job, practical experience into a formal, recognised and required qualification.”
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Since the scheme was launched in 2011, Cornerstone has trained a total of 169 modern apprenticeships, with a further 16 colleagues currently working towards their qualification.
Sheila added: “Modern apprenticeships are a key investment Cornerstone chooses to make in our workforce; an investment that is also recognised by our Investors in Young People award.
“We pride ourselves in paying our modern apprenticeships the Scottish Living Wage and ensure those who complete a modern apprenticeship immediately receive the same salary as someone already qualified.
“We provide full support through our employed team of trained assessors, giving our modern apprenticeships full access to facilitated study sessions, up-to-date guidance and regular reviews and check-ins.
“In addition, modern apprenticeships have proven to be a great way for us to develop our workforce by creating new opportunities and training new staff as well as upskilling existing employees and supporting career progression.”
Abbie Wood, 20, is a support worker with one of Cornerstone’s community support teams based in Lanarkshire.
She started her modern apprenticeship in August last year and said: “Doing the modern apprenticeship has helped me in many ways.
“It’s helped me regain skills that I forgot I had, and it’s boosted my confidence massively. I feel confident and am constantly developing new skills.
“Also, the help and support from my assessor has helped me believe in myself again.
“The most rewarding thing about doing my modern apprenticeship is getting to speak about the amazing people I support, and how I have been able to help them throughout my time working with them.
“It has also given me better knowledge and skills to ensure I am delivering the best practice and care.
“I’m actually surprised by how much I enjoy doing my modern apprenticeship. I don’t feel like it’s a burden and I love the range of subjects there are to discuss in your assessments and I enjoyed doing lots of research and learning new things about health and social care.
“I would 100 per cent recommend doing a modern apprenticeship to anyone. I would say to them to give it their all, learn as much as you can, and just simply enjoy it.
“It’s the best thing I have done so far.”
Anyone who would like to note an interest in Cornerstone’s forthcoming modern apprenticeship opportunities should email [email protected] in the first instance.