Care assistant Gina Holmes has massively lived up to the “Get In. Go Far” slogan on her apprenticeship in a Wellington residential home and by doing so radically changed her workplace’s attitude to apprentices.
Straight out of school, the 16-year-old amazed her employers so much with her drive and commitment that she has opened their eyes to apprentices being the future of their business. When Gina first started with Wellington House residential home, in 2012, it had never had an apprentice before and managers were sceptical on how it would go.
Gina’s success has since led Wellington House to take on a Traineeship student and six other apprentices who she has helped to mentor. It has been Gina’s work ethic and drive to succeed which has paved the way for the business to really embrace the Apprenticeship scheme.
With a single phone call Gina convinced them to take a chance on her and two years on they have not looked back. Gina’s success has convinced the managers, aged 60 and 30, that apprentices can be the new generation of Health Care Assistants.
Now 18, Gina is a trainee senior health care assistant working with adults with dementia. She has progressed from an Intermediate Apprenticeship in Health and Social Care onto the Advanced Apprenticeship and was recently nominated for Advanced Apprentice of the Year in the Somerset Apprenticeship Awards 2015.
Gina’s confidence in her job role has led to her running a small unit already with support from other staff. She has a clear vision of her future due to the Apprenticeship programme.
Chris Church, Wellington House manager said: “Where Gina really shines is with the over 65’s, the residents, family members and the staff all love her. She really is the carer you would want looking after your family member.
“She has taken to senior responsibilities fantastically well and shows amazing maturity for an 18-year-old. With the Apprenticeship, Gina has developed in to a young professional who is willing to put in the hard work and the extra time to develop her theory base for her practical role.
“She was the most positive and strongest candidate I had ever interviewed. She had us convinced that the Apprenticeship scheme could work for us. She held her own in the interview, answering all the questions we threw at her with a very professional and confident manner. She really sold herself.
“I am proud that we have trained someone that I truly believe to be not only the best apprentice I’ve ever worked with but one of the best health care assistants”.
Gina’s success has opened up opportunities for others and is the start of a massive advance within the workforce for Wellington House, showing the true value of the Apprenticeship programme.