Successful Apprentice Story
Ellie Slater was appointed as an Apprentice within the Denton, Dukinfield, and Droylsden Locality on 12th September 2016. Ellie left school in June 2016 and felt that she wanted to gain employment as opposed to staying on at college. She discovered the vacancy with the help of her mum, who currently works for the Trust, and applied as she saw that there would be opportunity for her to learn in a working environment while also gaining further education. Prior to starting the apprenticeship Ellie had been working part time at a local activity/petting farm working with children and parents visiting the farm.
Ellie is very confident and picks up tasks and processes quickly. She was keen to learn and was able to settle into the team in a relatively short amount of time. Making the transition from school to full time employment took some adjustment and this was discussed in a one to one meeting however Ellie coped well with it. She has always been reliable and takes pride in her appearance. Ellie enjoys the role and communicating with the patients to establish their needs. She is learning to build working relationships with other colleagues and clinicians and feels there is a commitment in the work environment that did not exist at school. Ellie also enjoys working as a part of a team.
An opportunity came up recently to get involved in supporting a service in the locality to relocate. There would be a requirement to take more ownership and responsibility and as Ellie was performing well in her role, she was asked if she’d like to take on this task with the support of some of her colleagues.
The task involved supporting the service in preparing records for archiving before they moved to a smaller office base. Ellie received training on how to archive and worked alongside some colleagues from her team and also other colleagues from the service. On completion of the task the Administrator for the service gave great feedback about Ellie advising that she had just got on with the task and worked hard to ensure it was completed in a timely and accurate manner.
During the time Ellie has been an Apprentice, it is evident to see how she has developed in the role. Ellie talks confidently to healthcare professionals and to patients. She has a can do attitude and isn’t afraid to ask if she is unsure. The knowledge and experiences Ellie has gained while working at different sites is evident in the way she handles different situations.
Ellie is unsure of her future career plans but is committed to gaining her qualification. She is currently concentrating on studying for her upcoming exams. She has found that the best thing about the Apprenticeship is that you get a qualification at the end but also have the opportunity to get workplace experience.