A psychology graduate who has set her sights on a high flying career in health and social care is joining the team at Middleton Hall.
Emily Bowering, 21, from Harrogate, who graduated from Newcastle University in 2019, is working at our retirement village as part of a national scheme to develop future leaders in the sector.
The prestigious Skills for Care graduate management programme, run by the charity responsible for workforce development in adult social care across England, fast-tracks graduates towards leadership roles within innovative health and social care settings.
To be selected, candidates have to complete a rigorous selection process including video interviews and assessment.
Emily said she was ecstatic when she found out she had been chosen to join the 2019 cohort.
“Although I’m pretty sure my parents told the whole world before I got a chance to,” she added.
“I applied for Skills for Care because I knew I wanted to go into Health and Social care, but I didn’t know where to start and their programme had by far the most holistic approach to developing a graduate’s skills.”
Throughout the year, in addition to her placement at Middleton Hall, Emily is undertaking a Quality Assurance Project Management Qualification, a six month NHS focused development programme called the Mary Seacole Leadership Qualification, a six week secondment at a local facility of her choice, and receiving one-to-one coaching from a trained professional.
Emily commented: “Bearing in mind my degree subject, I would love to look more at mental health within the health and social care sector, but at the moment I’m enjoying each day as it comes.”
“In my role at Middleton Hall every day is so different, and I’m doing a wide variety of things, including writing newsletters, running social media, designing leaflets, editing website code, hosting events, organising surveys. The change is what keeps me on my toes.”
Middleton Hall’s Managing Director, Jeremy Walford said: “Middleton Hall was selected by Skills for Care as a host employer that could offer suitable support, training, learning and development for a graduate placement and we’re delighted to welcome Emily.
“In the short time she has been with us she has already made a valuable contribution to life at Middleton Hall and we are looking forward to supporting her to develop her skills and potential.”
Emily added that one of the highlights of her time so far has been Middleton Hall’s setting, nestled in 45 acres of woodland and parkland.
“I’ve only ever worked in sectors like retail, customer service, cleaning or accounting, which are very indoor jobs, so being surrounded by such a lovely place every single day is incredibly refreshing, and it always makes me feel so positive and connected with the world.”
On Wednesday 29 January 2020 Middleton Hall is holding its first recruitment fair of 2020 offering a chance to meet its service managers, see the facilities and learn more about career opportunities.
In March 2019 Middleton Hall become the first retirement village in the UK to become an Employee Ownership Trust when ownership of the business was transferred to its staff and the event also provides an opportunity to find out about the benefits of being a co-owner.