Real stories from real people
Find out if you have what it takes from our case studies below.
Core Training Manager
Mark was encouraged to work in the sector by a friend after losing interest in his role as a baker. He quickly progressed from support work to training new staff and has recently completed his diploma in care to provide more direct support to adults who have learning disabilities and mental health issues.
Head of Children’s Services
After training as a social worker almost 20 years ago, Darren now works as a senior manager in children’s services for Pembrokeshire County Council. His day to day responsibilities can be challenging but he knows he’s making a difference in his community.
Izzy and Tyne
Health and Social Care Students
Izzy and Tyne are students on the BTEC Health and Social Care course at Coleg Gwent. Through valuable partnerships, the course provides students with opportunities to put learning into practice during work placements, helping them develop the skills and experience they need to come into the sector once qualified.
Chief Executive Officer
Jane has worked in various roles and settings within the Early Years sector. Starting out in a voluntary position, she was able to complete her qualifications and Continuing Professional Development training in order to progress her career to her current role, overseeing the delivery of Early Years Wales for the last five and a half years.
Daytime Opportunity Support Worker
Chloe works for Rhondda County Council as a Daytime Opportunity Support Worker and has just completed an apprenticeship programme. On a day to day basis, she supports adults with learning disabilities in a variety of activities, building up their independence and teaching them new skills.
Head of Service
Abbi-Lee has worked at M&D Care for the last seven years. She started as a support worker and then undertook a fast-track trainee manager scheme, gaining her qualifications while on the job. She is now responsible for overseeing the management of the residential homes in South West Wales.
After having children, Amanda was looking to move away from her career in banking. She chose childminding because of the flexibility it offered. Alongside her childminding career, Amanda studied for her degree in Early Years whilst gaining a level 5 management qualification.
Residential Childcare Worker
Making a difference to children’s development is Peter’s priority. He’s passionate about bringing joy to the lives of disadvantaged children. Peter, originally from Hungary, trained as a primary school teacher before moving on to working with children in social care.
Amy left school with no qualifications and decided she wanted to make a difference to families’ relationships. As a qualified social worker, she now works to find forever homes for children and supports vulnerable families to cope with various issues.
Jennifer works for HomeInstead Senior Care in Cardiff where no two days are the same. Her role ranges from client to client, from helping them up in the mornings, preparing their meals and administering medication.
Helping people build their confidence and achieve any goals they have in IT and computing is what Gareth’s role is all about. Gareth previously worked in Engineering and is now a Computer Instructor at Swansea Vale Resource Centre which provides support for physically disabled adults.
Daytime Service Support Worker
Dan works predominantly with people with complex support requirements and/or behaviour which may challenge. He is sport and fitness crazy so is paired with people who have similar interests.
What Mair wants most out of her job is to ensure the people she works with can live life as best they can. Mair began her care journey as a support worker and has completed two qualifications while working. She now manages staff at a care home for disabled adults, making sure her tenants have the right care and support.
Youth Support Worker
Alaw decided she wanted to work with young people after volunteering with the Young Farmers Association and a summer working in Camp America. Having also worked as a family support worker for Barnado’s, she now works as a Youth Support Worker at Gwynedd Youth Service, working with young adults.
Jake is a Care Assistant at Tregerddan Care Home near Aberystwyth. After volunteering there when he was younger, he completed an access to nursing course and was soon offered a full-time job working with the residents.
Helen is a Nursery Leader at Ysgol Feithrin Pontypool and is passionate about teaching the next generation through the medium of Welsh. She is responsible for planning daily activities to help the children learn, keeping the children safe and making sure the nursery is a safe and suitable environment for all.
Early Years Lecturer
After working as a childminder for 13 years, Karen decided to use her knowledge and understanding to progress and become a lecturer at Gower College. She lectures in Childcare and Health and Social Care to help inspire the next generation of social workers, carers and child carers.
Senior Sensory Officer
Tracy works with blind and partially-sighted people and is a trained rehabilitation officer. She manages a team that supports people of all ages by producing braille documents and teaching mobility workshops using canes. She also works closely with guide dogs to make sure the people she supports can have the best quality of life.
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