I am delighted that it is National Apprenticeship Week, and Turning Point we’re celebrating with a variety of events from webinars for future learners and managers to the launch of our apprenticeship community, writes a team member who started out as an apprentice.
We will hold our first Apprenticeships Graduation & Awards ceremony at the end of the week to recognise programme participants and graduates, as well as the managers who have contributed to the success of our apprenticeship programme.
Turning Point and apprenticeships
Turning Point apprenticeships are designed to support and nurture people in reaching their full potential, whether that is a management path or a sidestep into an area of interest.
Turning Point has been utilising apprenticeships for our existing workforce and how we can upskill the future leaders within the organisation within various apprenticeship standards and disciplines within the workplace. Apprenticeships require functional skills in English and Math, which may not have been achieved in school. Turning Point collaborates with our providers to assist colleagues in completing their function skills prior to or concurrently with their apprenticeship.
Our primary focus has been on developing our front-line teams through care and management apprenticeships ranging from level 2 to level 7. This has given 117 Turning Point colleagues who have/will have a recognised qualification.
To date, Turning Point has completed 55 apprenticeships, with our national average of 85% achieving a Merit or Distinction.
My apprenticeship journey
From my own personal experience of completing my own apprenticeship during Covid 19, the Turning Point approach is about supporting and developing our people to achieve success.
Turning Point and the provider’s assistance was critical for me. I had a mentor to whom I could turn for advice, and I had regular phone calls with my tutor to ensure I was on the right track. Working with the team also provided me with opportunities to be a part of projects that I would not have been a part of prior to beginning my apprenticeship.
As a result of completing my apprenticeship, I have gained additional responsibilities such as National Apprenticeship Week and the apprenticeship programme. Examining Turning Point’s strategic approach to apprenticeships and professional development. I have close working relationships with managers, learners, and providers, and what I enjoy most about my job is seeing how colleagues progress and achieve. Particularly during their learning stage. Seeing them overcome a challenge and seeing their confidence grow.
Find out more about the benefits of Turning Point’s apprentice schemes here.
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