Case Studies

Case Studies

  • “This is beginning to create a real foundation for me to launch a career. To me Hinkley Point C is about so much more than ‘turning the lights on’. It’s about bringing hope and opportunity to an area that is often deprived of such things. It’s about making a difference in the local communities, whether it’s encouraging young people to pursue a career in science or creating opportunities for local businesses.

    I feel privileged to be part of this project, to contribute to such a significant part of the UK infrastructure but, more importantly, to help give back to an area that has given me so much and inspire the next generation of young people to achieve.”

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    Gemma Howell

    EDF Apprentice
  • “Choosing the Apprenticeship route has worked well for us all.

    The depth of knowledge gained from working on site has equipped them with skills specific to our business and ensured them of a continuing career with us.”
    Glen Lyn Care Home

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    Glen Lyn

    Home Manager/Proprietor

    Level 3 Apprenticeship in Adult Care
  • Completing the apprenticeship has helped me to develop my knowledge.

    It has also helped me to improve my position in my workplace and I am now earning more money!

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    Andrei Bogdan Rosca - Apprentice

    Level 2 Apprenticeship in Care

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Ilze Babbage

Danesfield Middle School -
Somerset Skills & Learning (SS&L) - Business and Administration apprenticeship

Williton - West Somerset

Ilze Babbage

​Introduction –what does the company do, what is your job role?

Ilze is 34 years old and moved to England from Latvia in 2005. She has two children, aged 2 and 5.

Before having children, Ilze worked in catering and then decided she wanted to work in admin, but didn’t have enough qualifications or experience.

She assumed apprenticeships were for young people. However, Ilze started her Level 2 Business Admin apprenticeship in April 2018 and is nearly finished. She would like to progress to do Level 3 and has been offered a full time position at Danesfield from September 2019.

She is now working at Danesfield Middle School in Williton and her husband is in the army. This type of work suits her as she needs to work around childcare, school hours and school holiday.

What do you see as the benefits for the employer and/or individual in undertaking an Apprenticeship?

Her favourite thing about working in the school is that no day is the same. ‘It is never boring’ and she learns new things every day.

Ilze would recommend apprenticeships. She has been to Uni in Latvia, but with an apprenticeship ‘you learn about the job as you go and you will know if you are going to like it as a career’.

Gemma Howell

EDF Apprentice

Minehead - West Somerset

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Gemma Howell from Minehead took part in one of our STEM assemblies when she was at school and it changed her thinking on career options completely.

“My first involvement with EDF Energy was seven years ago, in a Year 9 assembly, when a team of STEM ambassadors had come to my school to deliver a presentation.

“It seemed to me like another world. A man’s world; something I had no interest in. And then a young woman walked out from behind the screen and led the entire presentation. She broke any preconceptions I had about the industry and suddenly made it accessible.

“I’d always loved science, but living in an area where tourism is the primary industry I’d never really understood where it could take me. It was the first time such an idea had been presented to me in such an accessible manner and that was it; I wanted a career in science.

“With GCSE options looming, the timing of the event was critical. I suddenly felt empowered to make decisions for what I wanted to do with my career.

“I was in my final year of A levels when I began to fill out my university application – the automatic step. But I suddenly realised that it wasn’t for me. I withdrew my application for university and began looking into higher apprenticeship schemes. The idea of earning money instead of taking a student loan seemed an obvious choice and so I applied for the supply chain apprenticeship scheme with EDF Energy.

“A few months later I was fortunate enough to gain a place on the scheme and becoming part of Hinkley Point C was a fantastic opportunity, one that I am ever so grateful for.

“This is beginning to create a real foundation for me to launch a career. To me Hinkley Point C is about so much more than ‘turning the lights on’. It’s about bringing hope and opportunity to an area that is often deprived of such things. It’s about making a difference in the local communities, whether it’s encouraging young people to pursue a career in science or creating opportunities for local businesses. I feel privileged to be part of this project, to contribute to such a significant part of the UK infrastructure but, more importantly, to help give back to an area that has given me so much and inspire the next generation of young people to achieve.”

Adam Reaney

Level 3 Apprenticeship in Adult Care

Minehead - West Somerset

Glen Lyn

Introduction –what does the company do, what is your job role?
Glen Lyn is a residential home for the elderly. I provide personal care for 12 older people

What do you see as the benefits for the employer and/or individual in undertaking an Apprenticeship?
The employer gets a working member of staff whilst able to pay an apprenticeship wage. Working in the Home means I get to really understand how the Home works and service user’s needs.

What is your typical day & what do you enjoy most?
Assisting people to bathe, wash and dress, administering medication, serving meals and contributing to therapeutic activity. I also escort residents for medical and social appointments.

I really enjoy spending 1:1 time with the service users and finding out about their lives

What skills/attributes that are important for anyone wishing to start in this sector?
Patience is an absolute essential plus a sense of humour.

What do you see as the benefits of working in West Somerset & what would you say to someone thinking about coming to West Somerset to work?
Its people are very friendly The pace of life can be a little slow but that too can be very beneficial for health and wellbeing. I feel very safe here.

Andrei Bogdan Rosca

Level 2 Apprenticeship in Care - Richard Huish College

Minehead - West Somerset

Introduction –what does the company do, what is your job role?
Dene Lodge is a residential home for the elderly. My role involves supporting residents with personal care and daily living tasks. I administer medications and speak with GP’s. I complete records such as care plans and ensure all my tasks are completed to a high standard.

What do you see as the benefits for the employer and/or individual in undertaking an Apprenticeship?
The benefits to me are that I have learnt a lot about care. It means I now have a senior position in my workplace and am earning more money.

What is your typical day & what do you enjoy most?
A typical day involves delegating tasks to my colleagues, supporting residents with personal care and helping with mealtimes. I enjoy the team work in my workplace and I enjoy looking after people. I am enjoying my new responsibilities.

What skills/attributes that are important for anyone wishing to start in this sector?
It is important to have good communication skills and it is also important to be caring and compassionate.

What do you see as the benefits of working in West Somerset & what would you say to someone thinking about coming to West Somerset to work?
The benefits of working in West Somerset are that there are lots of lovely places to visit and nice scenery. It is normally very quiet and not like big cities. It is cheaper to live here.