A Northbrook apprentice has been named Clinical Apprentice of the Year in the Health Education England for Kent, Surrey & Sussex awards.
Linda Wooding took a placement at St Richard's Hospital in Chichester while studying for her Level 2 Health & Social Care apprenticeship at the College. Her conscientious approach and dedication to her work led her to be awarded the prestigious prize.
Linda said, “It’s great that there is an award that recognises all the hard work apprentices put in to achieve their qualification. An apprenticeship allowed me to work, earn a wage and get the qualification, without incurring any debt.
“I think older people with life experience can offer so much to the job market. Apprenticeships are a good way of retraining and gaining recognised qualifications for the next phase in your life."
Northbrook student Serita Millis, a Clinical Healthcare Support apprentice at Chichester Hospital, was runner up in the Level 2 Clinical Apprentice of the Year award.
Serita said, “Before doing care work at the hospital I had never done professional care before. What I like best about my role in the hospital is when I see a person smile and see the satisfaction on their face, knowing that they are happy about the care that I give and that they feel safe within the workplace.
“Every day I am learning something new and my other colleagues, manager and tutor are behind me every step of the way. If I have a problem I know I can go to one of them with confidence and they will help straight away.
“My ambition for the future is to stay on at the hospital to do the same role that I love. Then maybe, in the future, widen my knowledge and skills in different areas in the hospital.”