Bury College apprenticeships is supporting a mental health care professional to achieve her lifelong career dream as she is appointed as a Team Leader.
Lois Samuels has completed the Level 3 Health and Social Care apprenticeship in order to springboard her career within Mental Health. The 22-year-old has secured the role as Team Leader for Changes Support Limited, a Bury based semi-independent living facility. Here Lois will be supporting the service manager whilst interacting with service users and helping to support the support workers.
Lois said, “If I didn’t have my Level 3 apprenticeship I wouldn’t have got this job. I have had the opportunity to put classroom theory into practice and the support has been there for me at any time.”
The former Philips High School pupil was working as a Support Worker at Turning Point Mental Health Services in Summerseat Bury when she enrolled onto the apprenticeship. This enabled Lois to gain a qualification which could support her career progression.
In November 2016, Lois received a promotion at Turning Point and relocated to the Oldham branch. Here Lois undertook the role as a Project Worker which involved managing a team of support workers and looked after caseloads. The following year, in November 2017, Lois secured a job as a Clinical Support Worker at Prestwich Hospital where she was looking after young people.
Lois has now been offered the opportunity working within a dementia unit caring for 23 residents as a team leader delivering all aspects of care and medication within the home.
Alongside her new role, Lois will undertake a Level 5 Leadership and Management higher apprenticeship where she will learn how to contribute to the development of a strategic plan. This qualification will support Lois’s long-term career goal of having her own 24 hour support service day care which can facilitate all needs.
For more information about Bury College apprenticeships and higher apprenticeships please visit www.burycollege.ac.uk/apprenticeships