Jessica Jackson, Leading Lives


“I started my Health and Social Care Apprenticeship in 2015 on a Rotational programme. This programme was the first of its kind in Suffolk and meant I spent my training in different services, which in my case was working in the community, hospital and learning disabilities.

I enjoyed all parts of the rotation and with each one my confidence grew. I also gained a real insight in to the different areas within health and social care, and although I initially I thought I wanted to worth within a health setting and possibly nursing, as soon as I started my final placement in learning disabilities I knew that was where I wanted to work.  When I finished my apprenticeship I was offered a full time role at Leading Lives where I had undertaken my training in Learning Disabilities as part of my final rotation.

I am so glad that I had this experience and the opportunity to do a job where I can support people and make a real difference.  I am currently developing my skills further to gain a senior role and undertake more qualifications. I am not ruling out going in to nursing in the future, but at the moment I am really happy working in learning disabilities. The support from Care Careers Suffolk and the employers I have worked has been great and I am so glad that I was able to have this opportunity.”