Posted 27th April 2022
A young apprentice at a home care company based in West Bridgford is urging more people of her age to get into the care sector.
Lauren Rawson is 17 years old and has embarked on a Level 3 apprenticeship with Respectful Care Nottingham South, which covers areas such as Beeston, Bingham, West Bridgford, and Clifton.
Lauren, from the Sutton in Ashfield area, attended Quarrydale School in Sutton, and included a health and social care GCSE as one of her subjects.
Known as a caring person with a particular interest in mental health and wellbeing, Lauren finished school and began the apprenticeship in business admin.
She saw an opportunity to use her skills in a role that looked at clients’ needs and those of the carers themselves.
She said: “I knew a little bit from studying for my GCSE, and I like the business and HR side of things as it goes deeper into Health and Social Care and what can be improved. So, it seemed natural to go into it as a career.
“I have found it to be an encouraging atmosphere, where people have fun but are professional, and want to do their best for people, whether that’s other staff or clients.”
Although Lauren’s apprenticeship focuses on the business side of the company, she has received home care training and has also been out on client visits to gain an understanding of front line care roles.
She added: “Care can be challenging but in the best of ways. It also makes you look at yourself and your own well-being. How can people care without being cared for themselves? In my experience, Respectful Care 100 per cent cares for its staff, and that’s how it can also provide quality care to clients.”
Hayley Clayton, Staff Team Leader at Respectful Care Nottingham South, said: “Lauren has proved that she has all the right attributes that a home care company needs from a member of the team.
“She is compassionate and polite, respectful, knowledgeable, and professional. Young people have a lot to offer the care sector, as many people love talking to young people and getting a different perspective on things - as well as reminding them of what they were like when they were young.”
Anyone wanting to enquire about possible roles in home care should call Respectful Care Nottingham South on 0115 778 8566