At Thera, we encourage, and support the personal and professional development of our staff. Across Thera Group, there are currently 138 people working on their apprenticeships. And in the last year, 309 staff have completed an apprenticeship!
To celebrate National Careers Week and explain the career paths available to Thera Group employees, we spoke with Sam Hardman, Operational Manager at Thera North, who talks us through her career with Thera.
Can you talk us through your career path at Thera?
In October 2006 I started in the role of Senior Support Worker, joining Thera North, and was involved in setting up our first supports In Lancashire. In January 2007, I applied and was successful for a role of Team Leader, which I held for 5 years. In 2012, there was a restructure and the new roles of CSL (Community Support Leader), and TC (Team Co-ordinator) were introduced. Following an assessment day, I was recruited into the post of Community Support Leader. I held this position until 2014, when I took my current role as Operational Manager for Thera North.
What would you say to someone starting out at Thera about the career opportunities afforded by the Trust?
I think if you are willing to work hard and learn from those around you there are lots of opportunities to develop your career at Thera.
What have been the highs and lows of your journey with Thera so far?
I have had many highs working for Thera. I guess that’s why I am still here 16 years later. The job can be hard, especially when people who you have worked with for a long time pass away, but seeing people achieve things and live the lives they choose helps to keep you motivated and striving for the best for people.
What would you say has been the things that have enabled you to have a successful career with Thera?
I have always been open to new challenges, whether that be supporting different people or delivering training. I will give anything a try. I think that broad experience helps you to be prepared for most situations.
What advice would you give someone if they wanted a career with Thera?
Talk to those people who are recruiting and get to know about the role and the expectations.