Apprentices on Film for National Apprenticeship Week

For National Apprenticeship Week 2013 (11 to 15 March) Barchester has collaborated with Skills for Care to create four short clips of apprentices celebrating their roles in adult social care.The video clips reveal four Barchester apprentices at The Wingfield care home in Trowbridge. The apprentices are all in their early twenties and the short films show a snapshot of their roles at the home as well as an insight into their hobbies outside of the work place. Click here to watch the Apprenticeships in Social Care film.Sharon Adams, General Manager at The Wingfield, said: "To celebrate National Apprenticeship Week we are going to have a tea party and watch the clips of all of our fabulous apprentices with residents and their families. I'm so proud of all of our apprentices that have grown from strength to strength since they have worked here.“Adult social care is a rewarding sector to work in and older people enjoy the energy and motivation younger people bring to their role, which is infectious to other staff and residents, too."Barchester homes around the country are celebrating their apprentices and have benefited from the talented individuals that work at their homes. The company is also collecting nominations for its companywide Care Awards and has already received lots of nominations for the ‘Apprentice of the Year’ category.In the Sunday Times 25 Best big Companies to work for questionnaire 71 percent of Barchester employees surveyed said that training is of great benefit. This put Barchester 9th overall in the list for its excellent training scheme with PwC (7th) and Iceland Foods (8th) just ahead.Employees at the company range from 16-year-old apprentices to 76-year-old nurses and the survey revealed that 79 percent believe they can make a positive contribution to the success of the organisation while 69 percent said they love working at Barchester. These results can be attributed to Barchester's comprehensive training programmes and very own business school that encourages all staff to develop to meet their career aspirations.

Dr Terry Tucker, Director of Learning and Organisational Development at Barchester Healthcare, said: "Entering the world of work is extremely hard for young people right now. As a supportive employer in the health and social care arena we provide work placements with tangible career progression for those that show promise and a willingness to learn. We look for enthusiastic individuals that want to know more about the importance of providing quality care in disciplines, from housekeeping and hospitality, to becoming a carer or nurse ."