Stacey fast-tracks to care managerial role


For 'stuck in a rut' Stacey Nave, redundancy was the best thing that could possibly have happened.

Stacey’s story:

It took Stacey less than a week to pick herself up from the disappointment of losing her admin job at a builders’ merchant to enter a new role in social care. 

And within days of starting her new job as a support worker with United Response she knew she had found a career that she loved. 

Stacey, who lives in Mansfield, swiftly embarked on a level two apprenticeship in health and social care, working with training provider Realise. 

Just two years later, Stacey is a team manager with United Response, has completed a level 4 qualification and is eyeing up levels 5 and 6. 

Stacey completing her health an social care apprenticeship

The only way is up for me now.

Stacey Nave

Speaking during National Apprenticeship Week, Stacy said:

“I had worked in admin for 13 years as my focus was on family life.

“I had become so comfortable in my little bubble so it was a shock when I was made redundant. 

“I knew I wanted to do something in care so I went for it. It’s something I should’ve done a long time ago. 

“I love making a difference in people’s lives and it’s such a varied position. One minute you are a teacher, the next you can be a cook or supporting someone to the local cafe for lunch.” 


Stacey’s apprenticeship journey

Stacey started her level two qualification as soon as she had completed her probation and, under the guidance of Jo Pope, training and development officer at Realise, she breezed through with a merit. 

She moved straight onto level 3 and level 4 and soon after accepted the position of Team Manager. 



Stacey continued:

“It’s been a whirlwind period but Jo has been fantastic and encouraged me throughout. 

“Level 4 was more difficult but I’ve been able to use my learnings in my everyday life. I am able to note my daily dilemmas in my learning journal and put the theory of what I’ve studied into practice.  

“The only way is up for me now. The next goal is service manager, which means I would oversee a number of services with the team managers. 

“Redundancy was the push I needed to try something new. The apprenticeship route has certainly worked for me.” 

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