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Head of Care at OSJCT Southfield House scoops apprenticeship awards

OSJCT Head of Care Rachel Kelman scooped two awards – the Care Services Apprentice Award and Overall Apprentice of the Year 2021 – at a special awards ceremony last week held by Lincoln College Group.

Rachel, Head of Care at The Orders of St John Care Trust’s Southfield House in Spalding, Lincolnshire, is among 30 learners from Lincoln, Newark and Gainsborough colleges to be recognised for her success, hard work and determination at the annual Lincoln College Group Awards.

Rachel joined the Trust in 2009 as a carer.  Since then, she has progressed to Head of Care, completing her Management: Team Leading, Level: 2 in 2018.  In November 2020, she started the Lead adult care worker, Level: 3 Apprenticeship at Lincoln College.

Rachel said: “It was such an honour and surprise to win both awards, I love my job and have enjoyed sharing my knowledge and experience through the work I have done for my qualifications. My apprenticeship assessor Kim has been a great support and strength to me while completing my work alongside my job. I enjoy learning and am looking forward to gaining more qualifications with the Trust.”

Matt Aldridge-Russell, Head of Leadership and Vocational Development at OSJCT adds: “At OSJCT, we believe it is important to support the career progression of our employees.  One of the ways we do this is by offering a range of apprenticeship opportunities.  In undertaking an apprenticeship, employees can put learning into practice in the workplace, get additional support and coaching from a skills coach through the training provider, and gain a nationally recognised qualification.  Rachel is a shining example of what can be achieved with an apprenticeship.”

Speaking about the awards, Lincoln College Group CEO Gary Headland said: “I was so was proud to present awards to our students, recognising their extraordinary achievements.  It’s been a really tough couple of years and the stories of resilience and how some of them have overcome significant adversity were truly humbling.”

The awards ceremony featured a Christmas theme including performances by the colleges’ music students, with guests also enjoying a traditional Christmas dinner.

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