Elizabeth Whitehouse started her apprenticeship with Avery Healthcare in August 2012, at the age of 18. Now a unit manager at Newcross Care Home in Wolverhampton, she is a shining example of how a Qube Learning apprenticeship can be an invaluable stepping stone for a young person’s career
Training provider Qube Learning worked with Avery Healthcare to find the perfect candidate for a health and social care apprenticeship.
Together they found Elizabeth Whitehouse, who knew she wanted a career in care as she grew up in a large family.
This apprenticeship enabled her to take part in a practical programme with a care provider, gaining life experience while being supported in her training by the ‘Grade 2: Good’-rated organisation, Qube Learning.
Elizabeth’s first role was providing recreation and leisure activities for elderly residents. The combination of practical work and training has enabled her to put the theory she has learnt into context with the residents she supports every day. Crucially, her training has given her the confidence to communicate with residents during their final stages of life, providing them with respectful care.
Elizabeth’s long-term goal is to become a care-home manager and once her 24-month apprenticeship was complete, she was offered the role of healthcare assistant at Newcross Care Home. She gained a Level 2 qualification and became a step-up senior before working on a Level 3 diploma in health and social care and reaching senior care assistant.
She has gained vast knowledge and practical experience in less than five years and believes that without her apprenticeship, she would not have become unit manager. Now embarking on a leadership and management qualification, she said: “The apprenticeship has changed my life and I feel privileged to have been given this opportunity.