A wave of future and current talent has been unmasked in the adult care, healthcare and early years industries as the winners of the first-ever Connect2Care Heroes Awards are announced.

The awards, hosted by Connect2Care – a leading provider of apprenticeships and vocational training in the adult care, healthcare, early years and funeral services industries – celebrates Connect2Care’s apprentices and employer partners’ outstanding dedication to apprenticeships.

The winners of Connect2Care Heroes Awards 2021 are:

Apprentice of the Year Award Winners
Adult Care Apprentice of the Year – Jasvinder Dhaliwal, Registered Manager at Temple Croft Care Home – studying Level 5 Diploma in Leadership for Health and Social Care

Healthcare Apprentice of the Year – Zoe Keeton, Employment Specialist at Lincolnshire Partnership Foundation Trust – studying Level 3 Senior Healthcare Support Worker apprenticeship

Early Years Apprentice of the Year – Georgia Newton, Early Years Practitioner at Choo Choos Day Nursery – studying Level 3 Early Years Educator apprenticeship

Extra Mile Apprentice of the Year – Tazmin Dougal, Trainee Deputy Manager at Park House Care Home – studying Level 3 Adult Care Worker apprenticeship

Employer of the Year Award Winners

Small Employer of the Year – Elswick House Nursery School in South Staffordshire

Medium Employer of the Year – Broadacres in Norwich

Large Employer of the Year – Audley Care and Mayfield Care various locations across in the UK

Best Community Outreach Programme – Independence Matters across Norfolk and Suffolk

Jill Whittaker, Connect2Care Managing Director, said: “Huge congratulations to all of our very deserving Connect2Care Heroes winners! We were overwhelmed by the level of talent we unmasked during the – extremely difficult – judging process.The dedication, hard work and passion that shone through in each of our winners was truly inspiring – and in some cases tear-jerking.”

The Connect2Care Heroes Awards recognise the important role apprenticeships play in empowering people and tackling skills shortages within the adult care, healthcare and early years sectors. The awards showcase the diverse range of apprenticeships available and celebrates apprentices’ individual drive to become leaders and stars of the future.

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