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Twin sisters both join Stroud care home as apprentices

By BHawes  |  Posted: February 10, 2014

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Twins Laura and Naomi Chandler, 16, from Stroud have both enrolled as apprentices at the same care home.

And the pair are training with South Gloucestershire and Stroud College, which is supporting the Gloucester Citizen and Gloucestershire Echo Age of the Apprentice campaign.

From a young age Laura and Naomi cared for a close family member which inspired them to look at health and social care as a career.

 At 15, Naomi gained part-time employment as a kitchen assistant at Northfield House Residential Care Home in Stroud while also studying at school.

As soon as the pair finished school they were determined to enter the industry so Naomi approached her manager to see if she could transfer to a full-time caring role within the organisation and also asked if her twin sister could join the company.

Naomi said: "My elder sister works in the care industry and inspired me to follow my ambitions of helping others. I have always had a caring nature and want to be able to support others in their time of need. Being able to work alongside my sister who also works in the same care home is great for support."

 Diana Tunnicliffe, manager at Northfield House, said: "Initially I was hesitant to take on twins at such a young age, but after a lot of thought and consideration I decided to support the request for them to fulfil their ambition to work in health and social care.

 "I suggested that they both enrol on an apprenticeship programme at South Gloucestershire and Stroud College to enable them to gain a qualification as well as experience in the industry.

"I am very pleased with my decision to employ Laura and Naomi."

In October Naomi and Laura commenced their training at South Gloucestershire and Stroud College (SGS) and both feel more confident in their role.

 Debbie Milman, assessor at SGS College commented: "The girls are thoroughly enjoying the course and you can tell that their confidence has grown. They have met all targets set, have a mature attitude to their learning and look to develop their practice as they progress with the qualification."

The Age of the Apprentice campaign aims to highlight the training and career opportunities available to young people.

As well as SGS College it is supported by Gloucestershire College, Delphi Diesel Systems, Western Power Distribution, Gloucestershire Engineering Training and Speller Metcalfe.

The campaign culminates in Gloucestershire SkillsFest 2014 which is being hosted by Gloucestershire College on March 7 and 8.

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