Work placement success.
Sakina came to Coventry College to study a Level 3 Extended Diploma in Health & Social Care, where part of her course involved undertaking some work experience, which was organised with the help of a placement officer.
Before beginning her work experience, Sakina had to complete a DBS check and receive a clear result, which included having no criminal record due to the type of work she would be doing. Once completed, Sakina worked with her placement officer to find a work experience placement at St Martin’s Residential Care Home in Coventry.
During her placement, Sakina was involved in all sorts of tasks that she would be expected to undertake if she was a fully paid employee. From making hot drinks to taking meals to bed bound residents, helping to entertain via colouring, singing and playing games to cleaning and washing up. She’d also spend time chatting to the residents, finding out about their lives, or even giving them manicures.
According to Sakina, the best part of the placement, was getting to know the residents and helping them to feel comfortable and entertained within her company. A personal highlight was seeing residents interact with the games she helped them play and watch their enjoyment throughout.
Now she has completed her placement, Sakina aims to finish her course and go on to University to develop her career prospects further by studying Speech and Language Therapy. Sakina credits her work experience placement with helping get her ready for the workplace, by experiencing first-hand what it’s like to work in the industry she is currently studying for a career in.