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SGS College Students Gain Valuable Work Experience at Novalis Trust

Over the summer, Health and Social Care students participated in valuable work experience at Novalis Trust.

Dan Walton, Head of CPD and Sarah Day, Training Manager from Novalis Trust worked together with SGS College’s work placement officer for the health and social care course, Vanessa Haughey, to create a two-week work experience placement for students to give them the experience of working in a care setting.

The course content included sessions such as Safeguarding Children and Adults, The Role of Therapy in Residential Care and Introduction to Autism. The students also joined residents at Paradise House in sessions such as Pottery, Craft and Textiles and Gardening and Nature studies.

Vanessa Haughey comments: “I would like to express my thanks to Novalis Trust, for putting together such a comprehensive timetable for the learners. The experience is invaluable in giving the students an idea of what job roles they can potentially progress into. The experience will also help them to identify the grades they need to achieve. This will be useful if they are hoping to gain access to university and achieve their career goals.”

Student, Rebecca Sunderland, commented: “I hope to put into practice the information that we have learned such as communication and to ensure I am an active listener.

“I found the presentation on Autism particularly helpful as this will support my work in the future.”

Pictured: The four students who successfully completed the course (left to right): Rebecca Sunderland, Vicki Purnell, Amy Martin and Rebecca Payne. Novalis Trust staff (back row, left to right) Sarah Day (Training Manager) Kelly Lawson (Head of Care Children and Young People) and Dan Walton (Head of CPD).