YMCA Adult Care Apprentice, 18-year-old Aaliya Beddows from Suffolk, has been recognised for her outstanding achievement at Barham Care Home. Aaliya shares the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on her working life and learning journey…
Working in the health and social care sector, in the shadow of the Coronavirus pandemic, has been difficult at times. With the support of her employer, Barham Care Home, 18-year-old Aaliya took on the challenge and embarked on the Adult Care Apprenticeship Standard, which includes a Level 2 qualification in Adult Care.
Vocational learning through the apprenticeship suited recent school-leaver Aaliya. In her own words, she explains that “apprenticeships suited me a lot better than sitting in a classroom and learning that way, I think when you practice what you are learning you understand the theory better.”
Aaliya coped well with the restrictions imposed by Covid-19 and the impact of the pandemic on herself and her job role. From the correct use of PPE and infection control measures to supporting residents to virtually communicate with their loved ones – Aaliya has demonstrated dedication, maturity and compassion.