Francesca Dunham – apprentice in home care

“I have always been interested in the care sector since studying health and social care at school.

“I wanted a job that was rewarding and I could build a future career in. I like helping people and enabling them to remain independent in their own homes.

“An apprenticeship means I can work and learn at the same time, whilst continually gaining care skills. I have ongoing support from other team members who have lots of knowledge and skills behind them. When I have finished my apprenticeship, I will have a nationally recognised qualification which will help me to progress through the sector.

“Undertaking an apprenticeship is helping me to develop my knowledge, and I feel I can answers questions from clients with confidence.

In the future, I would like to use this experience to progress through the care sector and maybe even look at going into nursing.”