Occupational Therapy Degree Apprentice Thai first joined National Star as a care worker.
Occupational Therapy Degree Apprentice Thai first joined National Star as a care worker. He’d had a very successful career in retail before joining our team.
Wonderful working environment
Thai had got to know the charity as he had been a regular visitor to the charity’s social enterprise StarBistro.
As a care worker he saw the difference that occupational therapy was making to the lives of learners. This inspired him to develop his career as an occupational therapy assistant.
‘I saw what occupational therapists would recommend to help students to manage their behaviours,’ said Thai.
Occupational Therapy taps into every aspect of a person’s life. Included in students’ morning and evening routines, it helps to manage sensory needs.
It can also help to develop co-ordination and fine motor skills to support a student’s independence.
National Star saw Thai’s potential. They supported him to complete qualifications in English and maths. This meant he could apply for a degree apprenticeship at a later date.
‘Working as an Occupational Therapy Assistant was great start to becoming a specialist. I learnt more about the skills needed to become an occupational therapist and how to assess students,’ added Thai.
Four Occupational Therapy Assistants working at National Star in Ullenwood and Hereford. Many started life as care and support workers (facilitators) at National Star.