Gemma Haselden, who works at Wealstone, the CLS-run care home in Upton, Chester, has won the Apprentice of the Year award in Health and Social Care at the 2016 West Cheshire College Apprentice Talent Awards. The awards were presented during a sparkling ceremony at the college’s Ellesmere Port campus.
Gemma, 29, has worked at Wealstone since September 2012 as a Senior Care Assistant. She won the award based on her work towards a Level 2 Apprenticeship in Health and Social Care, which she completed as part of her continuing professional development.
Commenting on her win, Gemma said: “I couldn’t believe it when I found out about winning the award. It was brilliant to celebrate at the ceremony with my colleagues and made me feel like my work is really valued.”
Clare Sherwin, Home Services Manager at Wealstone, commented: “I wasn’t surprised that West Cheshire College singled out Gemma to celebrate her hard work and dedication. We’re committed to providing training for all staff and offering them the opportunity to learn new skills and achieve formal qualifications. It’s thanks to the hard work of Gemma and all the staff at Wealstone that the home is able to provide such high-quality, person-centred care.”
As an accredited Investor in People, the CLS Group is committed to investing in its staff and their development, with over 80% of staff at CLS care homes either qualified or working towards qualification.