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Care providers win inspirational learning awards

qube picInspiring individuals and employers from the care sector were recognised at an award ceremony hosted by leading training provider Qube Learning.  Held at the iconic Waldorf Hotel in London, the evening celebrated the success of Apprentices and Trainees, as well as the commitment of employers to supporting learning.

Leading the proceedings were the nation’s favourite star of the BBC’s The Apprentice Grainne McCoy and the well-loved Channel 4 presenter Laura Hamilton, both of whom are passionate about the benefits of vocational training after having learned whilst they worked their way to success.

Laura Hamilton comments:

“It was such an honour to give awards to so many who carry out the vital role of providing care to others.  They all so clearly deserved it and have shown true commitment to learning as both individuals and employers.”

Shelley Parker-Wain, National Training and Development Manager for Avery Healthcare comments:

“We are delighted to see our staff rewarded for their hard work and these awards from such a renowned organisation, such as Qube Learning, further prove that Avery supports its employees to becoming high achievers. There are no barriers to learning or success in Avery. Anyone with a passion for learning will be fully supported to achieve their goals.”

Winners included:

Large Employer of the Year:  Avery Healthcare Group

Avery Healthcare Group has supported over 700 employees with their Apprenticeships and recently worked with Qube Learning to develop a program specifically for 16 – 18 year olds.  The aim is to build a long-term career path for all of those enrolled, representing a thought-leading approach to the recruitment of young people within the care sector.

Young Apprentice of the Year:  Louise Whiston

Louise made huge progress during her Apprenticeship at Avery’s Hempstalls Hall Care Home and impressed the judges with her application and desire to learn and develop.

Adult Apprentice of the Year:  Donna Howe

Donna started an Advanced Apprenticeship with Choices Care after having previously worked in the Prison Service.  Donna’s progress with her Apprenticeship and the compassion she has shown in the role has seen her promoted three times in a year.

Higher Level Apprentice of the Year:  Diane Lomax

Diane started her Level 5 Management Apprenticeship whilst working with Avery Healthcare Group as a Regional Training Officer.  She is an inspiration to many colleagues who saw her balancing a highly pressured management role whilst obtaining her additional qualifications.

Outstanding Achiever of the Year:  Elizabeth Whitehouse

Elizabeth started as a Healthcare Apprentice in 2012 at the age of 18 and is now a Unit Manager at Avery’s Newcross Care Home. Elizabeth faced challenges whilst on the programme however thanks to her own determination and the support of her colleagues and tutors she was able to achieve the success she has.

Special Recognition: Carol Bird and Maria Jane Smedley

Carol, Manager at Tang Hall Care Home has received special recognition for the support and compassion demonstrated to employee Maria.  Maria became severely ill when close to completing her Apprenticeship but wanted to finish her exams which Carol ensured she was able to.  Despite having started treatment, Maria passed her maths tests and successfully completed her Apprenticeship.

Qube Learning is an organisation which is proud to be an OFSTED grade 2 (Good) training provider and works with hundreds of employers across the country to deliver a range of training and qualifications to a multitude of learners.

Debbie Gardiner, CEO of Qube Learning, comments:

“We are inspired by our colleagues in the care sector every day and wanted to give them the opportunity to properly celebrate their success.   From the employers who go above and beyond to deliver fulfilling learning opportunities, to the individuals who show great character, skill and determination in achieving their qualification, we say well done and hope that their success will provide valuable motivation to others.”


To find out more about more about how Apprenticeship and Traineeships can benefit you or your organisations, speak with the experts at Qube Learning:

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