Adele Andrews, Community Support Leader in Thera South West, has been announced as one of three finalists for the Health and Social Care Apprentice of the year category in the 9th Annual Lifetime Training Learner Achievement Awards!
The awards celebrate exceptional learners across every Lifetime sector, as well as inspirational employers, managers, and Regional Trainers.
Adele began the Care Leadership and Management Level 5 apprenticeship in March 2020, a few days after the UK government announced the first lockdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic. She had 15 months to achieve her qualification, but she worked extremely hard and achieved it over a month earlier than initially planned.
With over 600 nominations, Adele was nominated by her apprenticeship mentor in August and found out she was in the final three in September. After being nominated Adele was invited to an interview panel for them to meet her and get to know her before deciding she was in the top three.
Adele was nominated for her continuous fulfilment in her role and her commitment to the people she supports whilst completing her qualification. Despite the challenges Adele, as a leader, juggled and effectively managed her work and qualification.
Adele said: “When I found out I had been nominated by my mentor I was taken aback, it wasn’t anything I was expecting. I was very grateful for my nomination.”
Throughout the course Adele never missed an appointment and was always prepared ahead of time to meet the milestones that were set for her. Adele’s commitment to be ‘there’ and to be the most effective leader she can be for the team, for Thera, but most of all, for the people she supports was shown and continues to show through her actions. Adele is an example of a leader who ‘shows up’ despite challenges, despite difficulties, despite factors often outside of her control and continues to service society and people whose lives depend on this support being available.
She always strived to do her very best, this was evidenced over the duration of her apprenticeship through the high standards she set herself and represented as a person. Adele was able to effectively plan and divide her time and energy between her work, the people she supports and her family whilst pursuing her educational goal, is nothing short of remarkable.
Adele’s aspirations are to be happy and motivated in her working role, ensuring exceptional care is delivered. Her future goal is to potentially become an Operational Manager. Adele also has an interest in mental health and would like to possibly look at additional training in this field to enhance her set of skills and become more diverse as a leader and manager. It’s incredible what Adele has been able to achieve and we’re so happy that her hard work is being recognised.
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