This is national apprenticeship week

Throughout the week, Angus Health and Social Care Partnership is promoting the positive impact that modern apprentices have on individuals and the workplace.

Meet Callum Macdonald.

Callum Macdonald, 18, from Montrose, started working in Kinloch Care Home, Carnoustie in September 2018. “I’ve always wanted to have a career in caring.  Being a Modern Apprentice means that I get all the training to earn my SVQ 3 in 23 months and I get paid as well. All the training is in-house, which means that the college lecturer comes here to support me with my modules”

Callum is working with people who have advanced dementia. “I’ve learnt a lot of different things since I started working here.  For example, moving and handling skills, dementia awareness, promoting effective communication and promoting health, safety and security in the work setting.”

Callum has also received training to help him run ‘football memories’ where people enjoy talking about football games and players.

Callum said “Working with the residents is really rewarding, getting to know them and learning all about their life.  It’s a really supportive environment here and all the staff are really approachable.”

Looking in to the future, Callum said “I want to continue in a caring career and I’m considering nursing, maybe mental health nursing and the training and qualification I get from here will help me.”

Carole Brunton, Kinloch Care Centre Manager said ”It is reassuring to have a Modern Apprentice that is motivated and eager to learn. Callum has built up a good rapport with the service users and their relatives, for a young person this is lovely to see. He doesn’t shy away from work and can be relied upon to complete any task with supervision from colleagues.   He has the confidence to take service users out for walks and get involved in activities. I feel Callum is enjoying his time in Kinloch and will hopefully continue to do so.”

If anyone is interested in a modern apprenticeship they should look out for adverts on either SHOW https://jobs.scot.nhs.uk/ or My Job Scotland https://www.myjobscotland.gov.uk/.  Adverts should appear on these sites over the next few weeks.

Tomorrow we will hear from Kiera Balfour, who is working in Clova Ward, Whitehills Health and Community Care Centre, Forfar.