10 March 2023
Parklands Care Homes is backing Scottish Apprenticeship Week, highlighting the benefits of apprenticeships to individuals, businesses and the Scottish economy. Parklands has over a dozen modern apprentices across its group.
Rachel Thomason, a carer at Lynemore Care Home in Grantown, is one of Parklands' modern apprentices. She is currently undertaking her modern apprenticeship qualification and is passionate about her work. "Making a difference in people's lives and supporting them to be as independent as possible is what motivates me," said Rachel. "I like having a good relationship with the residents and making them feel comfortable when supporting them."
Pictured: Rachel (left) and Michelle
Another Grantown success story is Michelle Anderson, who joined Lynemore as a full-time carer and embarked on a process of learning and qualifications through the modern apprenticeship programme. She is now a shift leader at Lynemore and plans to continue learning and developing new skills. "My own journey just goes to prove that working in the care industry can reap rewards and that qualifications can come later in life, and not just in secondary education," said Michelle. You can read about Michelle's journey here>
Kirsty MacLean, a carer at Urray House in Muir of Ord, is one of a number of Parklands' modern apprentices in Ross-shire. She is currently undertaking her Modern Apprenticeship qualification in Social Services and Healthcare. “I am learning a great deal through my SVQ Level 2, but also benefit greatly through support and guidance from my colleagues which enables me to provide excellent quality care,” said Kirsty.
Meanwhile, colleague Connor McMinn, a night carer at Urray House, has just completed his SCQF level 7 qualification in Social Services and Healthcare (the equivalent of SVQ 3). Connor said: “My SVQ 3 has helped me improve my skills, which means I am better able to support the residents we care for at Urray House.”
Lindsey Anderson, Training and Development Manager at Parklands, said: “Parklands Care Homes recognises the importance of apprenticeships in developing skills and supporting new talent. We're proud to support Scottish Apprenticeship Week and invest in the future workforce.
"Our modern apprentices are an integral part of our team, and we are committed to providing them with the training, support and opportunities they need to succeed."
Scottish Apprenticeship Week is organised by Skills Development Scotland to showcase the benefits of apprenticeships to businesses, individuals and the Scottish economy.
Parklands Care Homes has a wide range of career opportunities available in the Highlands and Moray. For the latest vacancies, visit parklandsgroup.com/careers