Earl Mountbatten celebrates National Apprenticeship Week

Earl Mountbatten is celebrating the success of its apprentices, including its most recent recruits, during National Apprenticeship Week.
Now in its 11th year, this national moment brings together everyone passionate about apprenticeships to encourage more people to choose apprenticeships. The theme of National Apprenticeship Week 2018 is “Apprenticeships Work” to showcase how apprenticeships work for individuals, employers, local communities and the wider economy.
During last year’s National Apprenticeship Week, Earl Mountbatten reaffirmed its commitment to the scheme by launching two new opportunities. Both positions were successfully recruited to and the new apprentices are already learning a host of new skills from Earl Mountbatten’s clinical experts, as well as gaining practical experience in the hospice’s day services.
Cassidy Horrocks, apprentice Healthcare Assistant, said: “My nan was at the hospice and I saw how amazing it was. I was stuck because I didn’t know what I wanted to do. I saw the advert for the apprenticeship at Earl Mountbatten and I just realised that was what I wanted to do, so I went for it. You get a lot of experience that you wouldn’t get if you just went to college and studied every day of the week.”
She added: “Each day is different in day services, and you never know what is going to happen! Some of our patients have complex needs and can attend feeling relatively well, but things can change very quickly. As well as this, each patient is treated as an individual and all have individual needs.”
Mia Roberts, apprentice Healthcare Assistant, said the experience has helped her to find the right route into healthcare: “I wanted to go into nursing, but didn’t know what sort. I saw this opportunity and thought it was different. I’m really enjoying it, meeting new people. It can sometimes be challenging, but you’re making it the best it can possibly be for that person – you don’t really think about the sad things, because people enjoy being here so much.”
“Some patients feel that coming here allows them to be able to speak freely about their condition, which they may find hard to talk about at home,” Mia added.
Earl Mountbatten has previously supported apprentices across a range of other areas including retail and administration.
Did you know?

Day services at Earl Mountbatten offer support for Islanders living with a life limiting illness, as well as their families. Support is provided for as long as it is needed and includes physical, psychological, social and spiritual care. The aim of these services is to support and enable people to manage their illness, understand their condition and improve their wellbeing and quality of life.


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