Support Worker Apprenticeship

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Daisy Godber, age 16, is part way though her 15 month Support Worker apprenticeship at Space Inclusive and is loving every minute.

Space Inclusive is a social enterprise which works with young adults with learning disabilities in Nottinghamshire. Earning a wage whilst getting hands on experience in her chosen field has been a real bonus for Daisy, so too has the fantastic support she has received during her apprenticeship and the wonderful team she works with.

The first day I was a little nervous but after that I was great, I met everyone at all the different sites and after that everything fell into place. Day to day I help people with their social skills and help them to develop their independence so they can really be themselves.

Shadowing staff has really helped me learn what to do and how to handle situations. Everyone’s been supportive and encouraging which always inspires me to go further and be more successful. Eventually I hope to work as a full time support worker.”

Richard Mynett, a partner at Space Inclusive, has been more than impressed with his first experience of taking on an apprentice. “Daisy is our first apprentice and she’s been fantastic so far. We’ve had a relationship with Chesterfield College for some time and knew that they ran an apprenticeship scheme through Learning Unlimited. Our site in Mansfield Woodhouse has been expanding over the past few years and we were looking to employ someone with the right skills and qualities for this job.

The role is that of a support worker which involves working with a high number of people with autism. Not only has Daisy has done our mandatory training; she is also doing our programme about working with people with autism and the types of skills and strategies she can use in that line of work.

Daisy’s best advice for people thinking about an apprenticeship would be, “give it a try and do your research. You’re not sitting there doing nothing; you’re always learning on the job in a practical hands-on way and it’s a great way into full-time employment.

As clichéd as it sounds, Daisy has brought so much enthusiasm to the table. There was a slight reservation as Daisy is our youngest member of staff but her approach is always very professional and mature and she has been really keen to learn. She is very creative and has excellent ideas. It’s wonderful to work with someone who has a different way of looking at things.
Richard Mynett, a partner at Space Inclusive