Apprenticeship at work at Coventry City Council

Aug 2, 2021 | News

Paul Fletcher
Embarking on an Apprenticeship through Coventry and Warwickshire Chamber Training has proven to be a successful pathway for Paul Fletcher whose career in adult care has gone from strength to strength at Coventry City Council (CCC).

As a registered blind person, Paul joined the learning disabilities team at CCC in 2019 following the Adult Care Worker apprenticeship standard.  After developing his skills and knowledge, he has gone on to achieve qualifications including the Diploma in Adult Care as well as maths and English accreditations.

Overcoming any challenges and obstacles along the way, Paul has excelled within his role, making a major contribution towards service users within the community, including assisting with shopping and household tasks to enrich lives.

Commenting on Paul’s success at Coventry City Council, Katrina Shanks said: “We have been really impressed with Paul’s progress and determination during his apprenticeship. He is very understanding and compassionate, which are important traits to have in the care profession.

“We have been working in partnership with Coventry and Warwickshire Chamber Training for many years and the apprenticeship programme has proven to be very successful.

“We are looking forward to continuing this great way of developing the team, improving our services and making a difference to the local community.”

Adding to the comments, Paul said: “The management team at Coventry City Council have always been very supportive of the apprenticeship programme and ensure we have progression routes.

Real benefits

“I’m currently a support assistant doing one-to-one support in the community and in my spare time I have even done some coaching work with Junior Great Britain athletes!

“The Health and Social Care team at Coventry and Warwickshire Chamber Training are really helpful and approachable.  They have consistently supported me to progress and develop my skills to a high standard. I’m truly grateful for the guidance and advice I have received.”

Sally Lucas, Executive Director at Chamber Training concluded: “Paul is a real inspiration, demonstrating the qualities needed to be an invaluable member of the team. He is a testament to how partnership working can deliver real benefits to the organisation, the individual and the community and we are pleased to have been a part of his career success so far.

“We work with a range of health and social care professionals to design apprenticeship programmes that enable individuals to flourish. Our staff develop a detailed understanding of each business, working as an extension of the organisation to ensure apprenticeships generate the right outcomes.”

Coventry and Warwickshire Chamber Training is working with many employers across the area to develop and deliver apprenticeships around the needs of the business. It is an exciting time to take on an apprentice, particularly with the financial incentives that the government are currently providing with £3,000 for a new apprentice hire available up to the end of September 2021.  In addition, there is a further £1,000 for recruiting an apprentice aged 16 to 18.

To discuss how apprenticeships could benefit your business or to find out more about the government incentive scheme, contact Chamber Training’s Business Development Team a call on 024 7623 1122 or

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