Looking beyond age as a barrier to learning.

At 57 Bernadette Cantona is studying for a foundation degree in Healthcare Practice through an apprenticeship at Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Foundation Trust (CPFT).

Read her story to find out why you don’t have to feel stuck where you are.

After working in complex seating assessment for 9 years I decided the time was right for me to make a change and two years ago I came to the NHS as a healthcare assistant.

I was working in physio and occupational therapy which is where somebody mentioned the apprenticeship schemes to me.

I’m now in the second year of studying for my foundation degree and I don’t plan to stop there! Next I would like to gain my full degree in occupational therapy.

I suppose this route isn’t for everyone, there is a lot to learn and you have to be really committed to do that and work at the same time.

I’m based in Huntingdon working within a team of District Nurses, Occupational Therapists and Physios who support older people via local GP surgeries.

I love what I do and the team are great, everyone is really supportive of my studies and being up to date with my learning means I can really contribute to the team.

I feel very valued and management involve me a lot as they know I have up to date knowledge.

For me it was just such a fantastic opportunity to continue to learn and progress that I couldn’t pass it up.

You really don’t have to feel stuck where you are with these sorts of routes on offer, I have always been big on people’s development and that shouldn’t stop with age.



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