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Avery Has the Edge at the Qube Learning Awards

Following on from last year’s array of training awards, we were pleased to be finalists at the 2019 Qube Learning Awards, in the Large Employer category. The team were recognised for their exceptional contribution and support given to trainee apprenticeships from junior staff members right through to senior management. We have always recognised the importance of career development and talent management, and we actively encourage staff from all aspects of the business to enhance their knowledge.

Averys training team win award

The training team were invited to attend a glitzy ceremony at the Proud Embankment in London where apprentices and training providers were recognised for their achievements. Avery won the Highly Commended Award, presented by Olympic star Colin Jackson, CBE. A good night was had by all, and it gave the hardworking training team time to relax and enjoy the evening.

Graduation Celebration

In April we were delighted to award twenty-nine talented senior carers with their Advanced Senior Carer (ASC) qualification. The graduates all enjoyed the presentation lunch held at the Kettering Park Hotel and Spa. Avery Chief Operating Officer, Sharon Winfield, and Head of Training and Development, Shelley ParkerWain, enjoyed presenting the well-earnt qualifications to all those who gained the accreditation.

Our students all worked very hard to ensure their success and were supported by very dedicated mentors, trainers and assessors. While the programme focuses on enhancing existing knowledge, skills and behaviours (KSB), it is essential these are delivered back in the workplace to ensure high-quality care is delivered to our residents. The advanced skills and support from the mentors are crucial to ensure new standards are achieved in practice.

It is fantastic that we have the continuing support and renewed accreditation from City & Guilds for a second year for our ASC Programme. They recognise the quality, range of methods of training delivery, plus the internal quality assurance processes, all of which are embedded in each module, assignment and assessment. Due to the unique processes within the programme, City & Guilds, as the awarding body, have jointly written a case study evidencing the impact it has made to the care delivery, residents and staff; this will be published soon on their website.

Some of the students commented:
“The programme is hard work, but the trainers make it such fun.”
“The delivery of the course was easy to grasp and understand. I was impressed with all the tutors; they were always there at the end of an e-mail or phone.” 
“I feel confident and competent as a person in my new role.”

The sixth ASC Programme where we will be supporting a further 21 Senior Carers to achieve this qualification is now underway. We wish good luck to all those enrolled in the programme and look forward to greeting you all at the next graduation lunch!

Article by Shelley Parker-Wain, Head of Training & Development and Director of ASC Programme, for Welcome Home Issue 10.

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