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Business apprentice swaps the office for a care home

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Published by rtownsend for Sanctuary Housing Association in Education and also in Communities

Business apprentice Amanda Till with residents of Pennefather Court Business apprentice Amanda Till with residents of Pennefather Court

A 21 year old business apprentice switched the computer for a spade when she spent a day gardening with residents of Pennefather Court, Aylesbury, in a job swap organised as part of National Apprenticeship Week 2014.

Amanda Till, Business Administration Apprentice at Sanctuary Maintenance, visited  the scheme and took part in daily activities including gardening, quizzes and board games, whilst learning how the home runs on a day-to-day basis.

Amanda said, “The residents were very welcoming and engaging and it was an eye opening experience to witness first hand the work our carers do.

“It was a good opportunity to see the business from a different viewpoint and see what happens outside of the office environment.”

Pennefather Court, a Sanctuary Supported Living scheme for adults with learning disabilities, provides activities for residents on a daily basis including bowling, day trips and indoor games.

Wendy Porter, Pennefather Court Scheme Manager, said: “It is great that we are able to work with office based apprentices to give them the opportunity to learn more during their training.

“The residents enjoyed having Amanda with us for the day and taking part in different activities.”

National apprenticeship week runs from the 3– 7 March 2014 and celebrates the talent and successes of apprentices up and down the country. It also aims to increase awareness and understanding of the apprenticeship route as an element of higher education and the opportunities it provides young people. 

Job swaps are a good opportunity for apprentices to develop a wider understanding of the business they work for and Amanda is one of several apprentices at Sanctuary, who has been involved with a swap up and down the country this week.  

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