Meet Kinga, Facilitator
A passion for care
After moving from Poland with her family Kinga began her career in health and social care supporting older people. But her real passion always lay in working with younger people and so she jumped at the chance of working at National Star, helping students with disabilities achieve their aspirations.
National Star is committed to developing staff so it was no surprise to Kinga that she was encouraged to consider further training. The Level 2 Adult Care Apprenticeship met her needs allowing her to work and study at the same time, gaining a professionally recognised qualification to enhance her CV and complement her existing skills.
‘I was strongly encouraged to do the apprenticeship. As English is not my first language it was sometimes hard. I had the full support of my family though, who got behind me and helped out more at home with the cooking and washing up so I could study in the evening. My oldest son and his girlfriend checked my grammar and writing and often said how well I was doing. It was good to have them behind me,’ said Kinga.
‘Studying is something that is part of the experience of life, it shapes our lives. There were times when I almost gave up and then I remembered all the challenges faced by students at National Star and I was determined to carry on.
‘I’m really proud of what I have achieved and would encourage others to study towards the adult care apprenticeship.’
Adult apprenticeship opportunities
Kinga was part of the first group of 11 adult apprentices who successfully completed the Level 2 Adult Care Apprenticeship in 2019. This qualification is routinely offered to staff working in health and social care roles at National Star, with additional support provided to people who may need help with English and maths.
Kinga started work at National Star as a facilitator, our term for a care and support worker. Since completing her apprenticeship she has had the confidence to apply for a new role as Senior Learning Support.