Elwira is originally from Poland and now lives in London. She’s a full time Senior Support Worker at Pinfold, a residential care home for men and women suffering or recovering from mental health problems.
In 2019, Elwira was asked by the Home Manager, Lorna Esterine if she would like to study towards a qualification in health and social care. The two discussed the Lead Adult Care Worker Level 3 apprenticeship, a programme designed for support workers and senior support workers looking for the next stage in their career.
After the discussion with Lorna, she agreed to start studying. It wasn’t long before Realise were selected as the training provider to help Elwira gain the qualification she needed.
As a bilingual person, speaking in Polish and English, Elwira was quietly concerned that she could struggle to pass. Talking about how she felt at the start of her training, she told us that: “I am Polish and English is my second language. When I started my apprenticeship, I was really worried about communicating and how I would complete the requirements of the course.”