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Adla is a finalist in the BAME Apprenticeship Awards

Thu 10 Jun 2021 - posted by PJ Care
Healthcare assistant, Adla Rodrigues, has made it to the final of the national BAME Apprenticeship Awards 2021.

With more than 300 nominations for the awards received across the country, in a wide range of categories, she beat off stiff competition to be shortlisted in the ‘care’ category.

The BAME Apprenticeship Awards showcase the outstanding work and achievement of apprentices from black and minority ethnic groups (BAME) and inspire BAME apprentices to reach their full potential.

Alongside her role at our Eagle Wood care centre in Peterborough, Adla is studying for a Lead Adult Care Worker Level 3 Apprenticeship at Derwentside College.  Adla said the course is the first step to fulfilling her ambition of becoming a nurse.

“The apprenticeship is giving me the opportunity to believe in my dreams.  I want to go on to do the registered nurse degree apprenticeship at PJ Care and I want to be one of the first to complete this new programme.

“I want to show that with determination and resilience, you can achieve anything!”

Inspiring work and dedication

Adla, who is originally from Cape Verde, was concerned about the maths and English skills she needed for the course as the teaching methods in her home country are very different.  But says the support from her husband, her colleagues and her tutors have helped enormously.

“I was able to pass my exams first time and I’m now mentoring colleagues at work.  My son’s been so inspired he’s now studying health and social care at college.  I can help him with his coursework.”

Part of the role of Adla’s tutor at Derwentside College, Charlotte Gent, is to observe her at work.  She said she was “blown away” watching her interact with residents.

“It was like watching two friends converse and interact with each other.  She really does work for the residents she supports. 

"In addition to this, her written work is some of the best I have seen.”

PJ Care makes it to the finals!

For the second year running, PJ Care is shortlisted in the ‘Health and Social Care Employer’ category.  Since 2019, we've increased the number of apprentices from one to more than 12% of our 600-strong workforce.

The winners of the BAME Apprenticeship Awards 2021 will be announced on the 30th September.  Adla is hoping she will be successful so she can spread the word and encourage others to enrol in the scheme.

“Winning this award will help me to advertise why people should become even better at what they are already doing.  

"It will help me achieve my goal to become a nurse.  I can also highlight how awesome apprenticeships are to everyone who will listen to me!”