At BIIAB, we always like to hear about the work of our Centres and their impact on learners. Recently, three individuals who completed qualifications and apprenticeships through BIIAB Centre Fareport Training got in touch to share their positive experiences.
Fareport are a work-based training provider who deliver apprenticeships and commercial training across England to employers who want to upgrade the skills and qualifications of their workforce. They are rated ‘Good’ by Ofsted.
Nicola Holley, Trainer and Independent Quality Assurer at Fareport Training
“While working in the care sector I wanted to progress in my career so decided to complete the Level 3 Diploma in Adult Care and then later completed the Level 5 Diploma in Leadership and Management for Adult Care. I needed these qualifications to help me progress and gain the skills needed to be successful in my roles at the time.
“I was apprehensive about starting the Level 5 Diploma due to the size of the qualification. Once I signed up though, I had constant support from my trainer at Fareport and this helped me to complete the qualification.
“All of the qualifications I have gained through Fareport have helped me to develop immensely and have facilitated my career change, moving from a Deputy Manager role in the care sector over to the training sector with Fareport.
“Now that I work for Fareport I am always given a range of opportunities to develop in my role.”
All of the qualifications I have gained through Fareport have helped me to develop immensely and have facilitated my career change, moving from a Deputy Manager role in the care sector over to the training sector with Fareport.
Bethany Mackie, Development Officer, Southampton City Council
“I have always had an interest in social care due to my mum and stepdad’s working backgrounds with the council and Care Quality Commission.
“I hoped to achieve a distinction, build my confidence, and gain more knowledge and experience in the care field. I achieved this through the Level 2 Adult Care Worker apprenticeship and have now progressed on to the Level 3 Lead Adult Care Worker apprenticeship.
“I felt nervous prior to the first apprenticeship because the last time I was in education was before I gave up my degree due to personal reasons. Returning to education was daunting but also an achievement in itself as it made me realise I could come back to education at any age and still gain skills whilst working. Although it was daunting, I was also excited to achieve a new goal for myself.
“My trainer Kirsty Emmence has been amazing and has stuck with me since being the last trainer to take me on. She has also taken me on for my Level 3 apprenticeship to ensure continuity. Kirsty made this arrangement very quickly in order to benefit me and to make the apprenticeship as smooth as possible, and I really appreciate this.
“Through the apprenticeship, I have built my confidence. I also feel that discussions have helped with my presentational speaking and that I have gained the skills to take me further into my field at a higher level.
“The minute I completed the Level 2 apprenticeship, I submitted the forms for the Level 3. I am currently at the start of this apprenticeship. It may not open new opportunities in my immediate workplace, but the council have enough adult social care roles internally for me to progress. After the Level 3, I would eventually like to move on to a social work degree.”
Returning to education was daunting but also an achievement in itself as it made me realise I could come back to education at any age and still gain skills whilst working.
Melanie Fisher, Manager
“I completed the Level 2 Adult Care Worker apprenticeship and worked my way through the qualifications to gain more knowledge and to be able to manage a team more effectively. This resulted in me completing the Level 5 Diploma in Leadership and Management for Adult Care.
“To be honest, I was very nervous and wasn’t sure I would be able to complete the qualifications due to my lack of confidence. I hadn’t completed any study since I left school years ago. I would not have been able to achieve these qualifications without the one-to-one support from Fareport and my trainer.
“I have changed so much since starting the apprenticeship and my confidence has grown massively. I developed skills I didn’t know I had and have overcome my struggles with maths, managing to achieve the Level 2 Functional Skills in Maths. I am now able to confidently discuss my role and support my team more effectively. I also completed my first inspection without support.
“I would now consider progressing on to higher qualifications if it will help me to do my job more effectively.”
I have changed so much since starting the apprenticeship and my confidence has grown massively.
Find out more about our health and social care qualifications and end-point assessments
BIIAB offers several qualifications and end-point assessments to support training and development in the health and social care sector. Visit our Qualifications and End-Point Assessment pages to find out more.