I wanted to work in adult social care because I enjoy the talking to elderly people - an apprenticeship was my way in



Spotlight on Emily – Ferendune Court, Faringdon 

How did you find out about the apprenticeship?
I found out about the apprenticeship when I attended a careers fair at school. 

How did you find the application process?
As this was my first time filling in multiple application forms, at times I found it quite confusing, however with a little help from my parents and Evie I was able to complete the forms in full. As part of my application process I also had a video call which I found useful.

What made you want to work in Adult social care?
I always knew that I wanted to work in Social care because I enjoy talking to elderly people and want to make them feel safe and well looked after. The most useful thing to me was my work experience which was at a care centre for elderly and vulnerable adults.  I also worked with disabled adults in their home environment.  

What are your responsibilities in your apprenticeship?
I am responsible for personal care for elderly and dementia residents, food and fluids, repositions, daily activities for residents within the care home, ensuring a safe and controlled environment, monitoring checks

What are your plans for the future?
I would like to gain as much experience as possible in various sectors of health and social care.  Ideally I would like to stay on at Ferendune Court at the end of my current apprenticeship.  My aim is to eventually work with women and children who have been abused.  

What’s your favourite thing about working in Adult social care?
I like to think that I am making a difference to people’s lives by looking after them and caring for them.  We are going through a very difficult time at the moment which means the adults I work with can’t see their families.  I like the fact that I can make them smile and help them feel safe. My favourite thing about working at the care home is the people I look after.  Every day is different (in a good way), and I’m definitely learning a lot about their different characters.

If someone else was thinking of getting an apprenticeship in Adult social care, what advice would you give them?
I would tell them to definitely do it.  It’s hard work and it can also be very emotional, but it is also very rewarding.