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Cornerstone backs talent by offering Modern Apprenticeships

03 Mar 2021

MA2As part of Scottish Apprenticeship Week (1st – 5th March 2021), national social care charity Cornerstone is delighted to announce that fully-funded, Health and Social Care Modern Apprenticeships opportunities will be available shortly. Open to young people aged 18-29 years, the Modern Apprenticeship scheme gives those looking to pursue or develop their career in health and social care, the opportunity to gain a sector-recognised qualification whilst working in a paid role as a support worker or team member.  

Sheila Gordon, Cornerstone’s Training Academy Lead explains: “A Modern Apprenticeship is an excellent route for young people 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 young 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 169 Modern Apprenticeships, with a further 16 colleagues currently working towards their qualification. 

Sheila adds: “Modern Apprenticeships are a key investment Cornerstone chooses to make in our workforce; an investment that is also recognised by our Investors in Young People award. We pride ourselves in paying our Modern Apprenticeships the Scottish Living Wage and ensure those who complete a Modern Apprenticeship immediately receive the same salary as someone already qualified.  We provide full support through our employed team of trained assessors, giving our Modern Apprenticeships full access to facilitated study sessions, up-to-date guidance and regular reviews and check-ins. In addition, Modern Apprenticeships have proven to be a great way for us to develop our workforce by creating new opportunities and training new staff as well as upskilling existing employees and supporting career progression”. 

Abbie Wood, 20, is a support worker with one of Cornerstone’s community support teams. She started her Modern Apprenticeship in August 2020 and says: “Doing the Modern Apprenticeship has helped me in many ways. It’s helped me regain skills that I forgot I had, and it’s boosted my confidence massively. I feel confident and am constantly developing new skills. Also, the help and support from my assessor has helped me believe in myself again! 

“The most rewarding thing about doing my Modern Apprenticeship is getting to speak about the amazing people I support, and how I have been able to help them throughout my time working with them. It has also given me better knowledge and skills to ensure I am delivering the best practice and care. I’m actually surprised by how much I enjoy doing my Modern Apprenticeship; I don’t feel like it’s a burden and I love the range of subjects there are to discuss in your assessments and I enjoyed doing lots of research and learning new things about health and social care”. 

“I would 100% recommend doing a Modern Apprenticeship to anyone. I would say to them to give it their all, learn as much as you can, and just simply enjoy it. It’s the best thing I have done so far!”

Anyone who would like to note interest in Cornerstone’s forthcoming Modern Apprenticeship opportunities should contact in the first instance.

Scottish Apprenticeship Week runs from 1st-5th March 2021 and is co-ordinated by Skills Development Scotland to demonstrate the value apprenticeships bring to individuals, employers and the economy. This year’s theme is Business Backing Talent, with the aim to demonstrate how businesses benefit when they back talent through apprenticeships.  You can find out more at  #scotappweek21