Overseas apprentices inspired by ‘best practice’

Swiss and German apprentices have been enjoying a valuable insight into the British care industry thanks to a Christchurch care home.

Four apprentices have undertaken work placements at Colten Care’s Avon Reach in Mudeford. The placements have been arranged with Colten Care by the student guardianship programme, UK Guardians.

Helen Herridge, director of UK Guardians, explained: “Thanks to Colten Care, and in particular Avon Reach, these students are gaining a valuable insight into the care industry here in Britain. Both Switzerland and Germany have excellent apprenticeship programmes and actively encourage their apprentices to study overseas by funding their trips.

“Having the opportunity to come to Britain, to see how some of the very best care homes operate and to share best practice, is a real benefit to everyone involved.”

Dominique Hodel with resident Pat Ashman.

During her two weeks at Avon Reach, Dominique Hodel shadowed nursing staff, met new residents and helped to chaperone an outing to the beach, as well as trying yoga.

Helen Herridge added: “Dominique was also able to refine her already great English and she formed some lovely relationships with staff and residents at the home. She found the whole experience amazing and was returning home to her studies having enjoyed a very rewarding placement.”

Ruth Wildman, home manager at Avon Reach, said: “We’ve really enjoyed hosting the UK Guardians students. It’s fascinating to learn how care homes elsewhere in the world operate and our residents have been charmed by these bright, young people from foreign shores. We hope the relationship with UK Guardians will grow and prosper.”

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