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Rowcroft welcomes new members of staff from apprentice scheme

25 January 2016

Rowcroft Hospice has welcomed two new permanent members of staff from its apprenticeship scheme, which is run in conjunction with South Devon College.

Naomi Bailey and Chris Murphy have both been given permanent positions following successful apprenticeships in the hospice’s administrative and fundraising teams.

Nikki Hayes, Naomi and Chris’s Assessor at South Devon College, said: “It’s been really lovely to see both Chris and Naomi’s journey from day one and I’m so pleased they have both been offered permanent roles at Rowcroft.”

Chris started at the hospice as an events apprentice in January last year, completing his apprenticeship in eight months and gaining a permanent position as Events Assistant.

He said: “I learnt very quickly that I was much more capable than I thought I was. Doing an apprenticeship made me realise that I’ve got a wider range of skills than I gave myself credit for.

“I’ve been able to increase and improve things like my time management and problem solving, and my ability to work as part of a team has massively improved.”

Naomi was only 17-yearsold when she started as an administrative apprentice at the hospice.

She completed her apprenticeship in one year and has since been appointed Rowcroft’s Community Team Junior Secretary.

When asked what her highlights were from her studies, Naomi said: “Working with all the new processes and doing the reports was a really interesting process for me to be involved with – gaining my confidence in the team was also a massive highlight.”

Tracey Cole, Director of Human Resources at Rowcroft, said being involved in the scheme is an important way of giving something back to the local community.

She explained: “The feeling of helping an apprentice achieve their qualifications and to see them grow into a different person from the start of their apprenticeship to the end, when hopefully they will get a job with us, is something very special for both the apprentice and the people working with them.”

Rowcroft is currently advertising for a Community Fundraising Admin Apprentice, for more information visit www.rowcrofthospice.org.uk/current-vacancies. To see how an apprenticeship could be the perfect start to your career, you can also visit www.sdc.careers/apprenticeships or call 08000 380123.

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