Samantha Taws, a Care Worker from Newcastle’s Comfort Call, has been named ‘Care Apprentice of the Year’. She beat off stiff competition from two other outstanding shortlisted care apprentices at a national apprenticeship awards ceremony held at The London Dungeon yesterday.
Samantha (31), who lives in the Brockley Whins Estate in South Shields received the award as part of the sixth annual Lifetime Learner Achievement Awards, which were hosted by national apprenticeship training provider, Lifetime Training. Each year, the Lifetime Training team scours the country to find the most deserving of apprentices, people who are going above and beyond and achieving their career aspirations through hard work and determination.
Samantha was interviewed by a panel of industry judges before being treated to lunch at the Riverside Rooms and a trip on the London Eye. She was trained by Lifetime Trainer Victoria Herbert and this is her story:
Samantha has worked for Comfort Call for six years and completed the Level 3 Health and Social Care apprenticeship with a focus on dementia in May 2017. She was initially a little unsure whether she would be able to undertake the programme due to being profoundly deaf, but her Lifetime Trainer assured her that she would be more than capable of gaining her Level 3 apprenticeship. A highlight for Samantha has been the one-to-one sessions with her Trainer.
Samantha Taws, Care Worker and Lifetime Training care apprentice, said:
“I was really proud the day I finished it all, as this gave me a huge confidence boost. I chose to study the dementia Pathway so I could learn more about it as I find it very interesting and wanted to be a great carer for my service users who suffer from a form of dementia.
“My advice for anyone thinking about doing an apprenticeship would be to talk it over with your Manager and the Lifetime Trainer, to find out if it would suit you. Don’t let a lack of confidence or self-esteem stop you from doing it if you really want to.”
The apprenticeship was delivered by one of the UK’s largest apprenticeship training providers, Lifetime Training, which delivers training to more than 20,000 learners every year.
Alison Simpson, Operations Director – Care at Lifetime Training, added:
“Although all finalists demonstrated momentous effort and achievement both throughout and following their learning journeys, Samantha was an obvious choice. The judging panel were particularly impressed with the development of their sector knowledge and skills.”
Alex Khan, CEO of Lifetime Training, summed up the event:
“All 18 finalists selected this year had a worthy story to tell. Their career journeys, professional achievements and aspirations are a credit to their efforts and that of their Trainers and Managers. We will no doubt all be watching their progress and I for one wish them all the very best for their future careers.”