Dan Burt, Apprentice At Way Ahead Care
6 years ago

Dan’s reason for choosing social care as a career was because he liked looking after people.

“I like the idea that I’m making their lives better. I have an involvement in how people who use our services progress, and I can then make their lives better. It impacts on me as well because I feel better about myself.”

An apprenticeship was Dan’s way into the sector. He says:

“I did this rather than going straight in to work – I think that would be too overloading and too much for me. I think that an apprenticeship was a great way because you can work and you can learn at the same time. You’re gaining knowledge every single day.”

Dan’s apprenticeship has made a difference to him as a worker. It’s made him gain confidence in himself and in other people. It has also helped him improve his service.

“It’s helped me with my communication skills. I have gained a lot of confidence from it and that helps the people I work with. From school you don’t really learn these life skills but in an apprenticeship you are put out there.”

The structure of an apprenticeship has helped Dan a lot. His employer has fed back to him his progress and what career pathways he would be most suitable for. “I got a lot of support no matter what my choices were, either staying with my employer or moving on.”

On recommending an apprenticeship Dan says:

“I would say it’s definitely worth a go. It builds a lot on your confidence and your communication skills and it’s a great pathway to a career.

You shouldn’t doubt an apprenticeship because it can lead on to a lot of things. My apprenticeship can lead on to about 30 different jobs so it’s definitely worth doing.”

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