As part of Scottish Apprenticeship Week (7th-11th March 2022), we are delighted to announce that fully-funded, Health and Social Care Modern Apprenticeships opportunities are available now across the country. Our Modern Apprenticeship scheme gives those looking to pursue or develop a career in health and social care, the opportunity to gain a sector-recognised qualification whilst working in a paid role as a support worker. 

Sheila Gordon, Cornerstone’s Training Academy Lead explains: “A Modern Apprenticeship is an excellent route through which to pursue and develop a career in health and social care.  It allows candidates to invest in their own continuous learning and development, whilst keeping up to date with the latest skills, techniques and regulations. Importantly it also allows people to convert their on-the-job, practical experience into a formal, recognised and required qualification”. 

Since the scheme was launched in 2011, Cornerstone has trained a total of 186 Modern Apprenticeships, with a further 27 colleagues currently working towards their qualification.  

Sheila adds: “Apprenticeships work for everyone! They are a key investment we choose to make in our workforce by providing full support through our employed team of trained assessors, as well as regular access to facilitated study sessions, continuous guidance and assistance. We also pride ourselves in paying our Modern Apprenticeships the Scottish Living Wage. 

“Modern Apprenticeships also work for us because they are a great way to develop our workforce by creating new opportunities and training new staff, as well as upskilling existing employees and supporting career progression.”   

Anyone interested in finding out more about Cornerstone’s current Modern Apprenticeship opportunities across Scotland, and becoming part of their graduating class of 2023, should visit Cornerstone’s recruitment portal - or contact [email protected] to note interest. 

Mason Steel is currently completing a Modern Apprenticeship with Cornerstone. He has been working in Cornerstone for just over two years, beginning with relief work in the Springhill service in Dundee. 

“Doing the Modern Apprenticeship has let me expand on my skills and knowledge. It’s definitely helped my practice. My favourite part of the Modern Apprenticeship is seeing the people we support being so happy and excited about stuff we’ve planned to do with them.” 

Scottish Apprenticeship Week runs from 7th-11th March 2022 and is co-ordinated by Skills Development Scotland to demonstrate the value apprenticeships bring to individuals, employers and the Scottish economy. This year’s theme is ‘Apprenticeships Work’ with the aim of demonstrating how individuals, organisations and businesses can all benefit when apprenticeships are offered and supported.  You can find out more at  #scotappweek22