Meet our Health and Social Care Apprentices

Meet our Health and Social Care Apprentices

Liam Garrett
Apprentice Support Worker, Handsworth Care Home

(Handsworth Care Home is a residential home for adults with learning disabilities.)

Why did you decide to do the apprenticeship?
Because I wanted to pursue a career in healthcare, and it seemed the ideal way to gain experience. Liam Garrett

What have you enjoyed about the apprenticeship?
So far I have learned new skills which have benefitted my experience at work.  I have also met new people and developed friendships with them.

What do you plan to do afterwards?
When the apprenticeship is finished I would like to become a clinical support worker, but eventually I would like to become a nurse.

Quotes from colleagues:
“Liam is becoming an increasingly useful member of staff.  I think everyone wins with the apprenticeship programme, it eases people into the workplace rather than being dropped in at the deep end.”  
David Powell, Team Leader


Sarah Wigston

Occupational Therapy Team, Forest Close

(Forest Close is a 44 bedded unit, divided into four bungalows, which provides 24 hour long-term hospital inpatient care to support people with severe and enduring mental health problems.)

Why did you decide to do the apprenticeship?Sarah Wigston
I was looking to change career, and had an idea that I wanted to work in a caring role.  The apprenticeship gave me the chance to gain work experience to see whether it would be something I’d enjoy.

What have you enjoyed about the apprenticeship?
I was made to feel part of the team from the day I started and have been encouraged throughout to come up with ideas for activities and groups.  I’ve really enjoyed working with the clients and supporting them in daily tasks and activities.  I’ve also been given the chance to study on the access to higher education course which is a great opportunity.

What do you plan to do afterwards?
I’ll complete the access course in June and have applied to university for September to study Occupational Therapy.  The experience I have gained from the apprenticeship has made me realise that a career in healthcare is something I really enjoy and has given me valuable experience to hopefully achieve my goals.

Quotes from colleagues:
“Before Sarah started we could not have imagined how indispensable she would become to our team…if you did not know you would think she had been doing the job years.  She will be sadly missed by the staff and clients alike.”
Matthew Perry, Occupational Therapist

“Sarah has been a highly valued team member…she is innovative, creative and her positive outlook is beneficial to the relationships she has developed with the clients.”
Michelle McNealis, Occupational Therapist


Sally Brook
Apprentice Support Worker, Forest Close

(Forest Close is a 44 bedded unit, divided into four bungalows, which provides 24 hour long-term hospital inpatient care to support people with severe and enduring mental health problems.)

Why did you decide to do the apprenticeship?Sally Brook
I was on a Level 1 health and social care course when I decided to apply for the apprenticeship.  I originally wanted to do nursing but didn’t want to spend 3 years at university – I prefer the practical side of things.  My course tutor told me about the apprenticeship vacancies and I thought it was a good way into working in healthcare.

What have you enjoyed about the apprenticeship?
I’ve had some top notch training and worked with a great team.  I also love working one to one with clients and going out into the community with them.  I think the apprenticeship has been a great opportunity – it would have been hard for me to get into the NHS any other way.

What do you plan to do afterwards?
I hope to join the flexible staffing workforce and get a permanent job when one comes up, either in mental health or general healthcare.

This page was last updated on 16th September 2013

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