A number of inspirational Careers Champions who are connecting young people with technical and vocational education, have been recognised as part of National Careers Week 2021 by The Careers & Enterprise Company and the Gatsby Foundation. This includes Claire Garner from Nottinghamshire.
Application Training & Development Manager, NHS – Sherwood Forest Hospital Trust
As a long standing member of staff within the NHS who came to the job through a vocational route, Claire is passionate about promoting apprenticeships.
On top of her day job, Claire is an Apprentice Lead, an NHS Careers Ambassador and an Enterprise Adviser. Through these roles, she commits to supporting apprentices to achieve in their roles, which sometimes includes ensuring young people with Special Educational Needs (SEND) have access to the support they need to thrive.
She encourages all her apprentices to be role models by giving back to their schools and colleges through careers encounters. These interactions not only boost teacher and student understanding of NHS careers, but also develop the confidence and communication skills of her apprentices.
Claire champions her role as an Enterprise Adviser by including take up of the voluntary role as a developmental opportunity for former apprentices, meaning that even more young people with apprenticeship and STEM backgrounds are going into schools and colleges to provide advice on technical and vocational education. She also leads the way by providing support and sharing skills with other Enterprise Advisers in her region.
Thank you Claire for your fierce commitment to working with young people and supporting them to access careers through technical and vocational training routes.