At Loveday, we are passionate about supporting our team to thrive, learn and progress their careers so they can achieve their highest potential whilst delivering the very best care and services for all of our Members. We also believe by training our team effectively we are also helping to improve and progress the industry. We believe in our people and want them to be fulfilled.
In 2018, Chelsea Court Place was delighted to be the first care home in the country to launch the Higher Apprenticeship in Dementia Care, taking on two apprentices through a partnership with the University of West London’s College of Nursing, Midwifery and Healthcare. This was in addition to funding the first Master’s degree in Dementia Care Nursing. We are so proud to be investing in the future of care and really value the exceptional talent, enthusiasm and dedication shown by all of our candidates.
Jenina, a carer at Chelsea Court Place, has been working at Loveday since 2019 and started her apprenticeship to become a Registered Nurse in 2021. Below she shares her Loveday apprenticeship journey:
What does your apprenticeship entail?
My Nursing Associate Apprenticeship is a 2-year programme. The university provides a 2-year timetable which shows my university days and my employer days. I go to university twice a week and work at Chelsea Court Place twice a week too. As part of the course, I also experience different types of external placements which has included a one-month placement in a hospital. As with any course, this apprenticeship includes essays, presentations, lots of study and exams to support all of the on-the-job practical experience. It can get intellectually challenging but it is always emotionally fulfilling.
This apprenticeship is the stepping stone for me to become a registered nurse in the future.
The best part about the apprenticeship scheme at Loveday?
It’s the best way to learn as I am being paid and supported. I also enjoyed going to external placements where I work in different care settings and I’ve learnt a lot of skills that I can share and implement at Loveday. I also get many compliments on the Loveday uniform when I’m on external placement and I wear it with pride!
Biggest highlights of the apprenticeship?
I’ve always thought that it will be a struggle for me to go back to education and juggle study with a full-time job but this has been so easy and so beneficial. The people at Chelsea Court Place are always there when I need help, they are very approachable, encouraging and supportive. I’m very grateful for this apprenticeship because it’s a stepping stone for me to become a registered nurse which I have always wanted to be.