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Bupa care apprentice ‘towers’ above the rest

Julie White, a care assistant from Manchester, has been named Health & Social Care ‘Apprentice of the Year’ at a prestigious national apprenticeship award ceremony held at the iconic Tower of London.

care-aprent Julie (52), who works at Bupa Ringway Mews in Wythenshawe, received the award as part of the fifth annual Lifetime Learner Achievement Awards, which were hosted by Bristol-based apprenticeship training provider, Lifetime Training. Julie was interviewed by a panel of industry judges before being treated to lunch on a River Thames cruise before the awards ceremony.

The annual awards recognise, reward and celebrate the personal successes and resulting career development of individuals who have completed an apprenticeship qualification with the training provider. Julie had never had the chance to gain a formal education or qualifications due to family illness. She became a carer for her mother at the age of 14. It was this experience however that led her into a care career and she joined Bupa. It’s taken until now to take a formal training course, which has given her the boost she needs to progress.

Lifetime Training Regional Trainer Sebastian Humphries approached Julie, and after discussing with her manager, Julie was nominated for the Level 2. She struggled a little during the first few training sessions but with a little support from her Learning Support Tutor she quickly gained confidence and her work dramatically improved.

Sebastian commented: “Julie is one of the best carers I have ever met. She is not naturally academic but she is extremely knowledgeable about care for vulnerable adults. She is also very good at adapting her approach to care for those with dementia. If she comes across a problem she finds a solution to support that individual.”

Because of her success and newfound confidence, Julie is contemplating signing up for the Level 3 programme.

On winning this award, Julie said: “Although I haven’t yet, I am still planning on signing up to the Level 3. It’s so exciting. I feel like a kid in a sweet shop! What a day?! It’s wonderful to feel so appreciated.”

Alex Khan, CEO of Lifetime Training, said:  “It really has been another spectacular event. Our apprentice nominees were simply outstanding. Each individual success story clearly demonstrated how apprenticeships deliver for both the workforce and business today. I personally wish all our apprentices every success for the future and, once again, would like to thank them for their hard work and dedication to their personal and professional development, as well as their contributions to industry.”

“Congratulations to all our 2016 Health & Social Care Apprentice Finalists!”
Julie White, Bupa Ringway Mews – Health & Social Care Apprentice of the Year Winner
Gary Bowman, Allied Care Plymouth – Health & Social Care Apprentice of the Year Finalist
Joanne Jacques, Careline Hartlepool – Health & Social Care Apprentice of the Year Finalist

For more information about Lifetime Training apprenticeship programmes, visit www.lifetimetraining.co.uk/health-and-social-care

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