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Change Grow Live in Surrey expands successful apprenticeship scheme

Change Grow Live in Surrey expands successful apprenticeship scheme

4 April 2017

CGL Surrey, the Surrey branch of national health and social care charity Change Grow Live is proud to announce the continuation of its successful apprenticeship scheme in association with Sussex College and the Open University.

Since the introduction of the apprenticeship scheme, three candidates have successfully completed their courses with CGL and gone on to roles in the sector. Surrey CGL introduced the apprenticeship scheme as an extension of its Criminal Justice Substance Misuse programme, which enables the charity to offer opportunities to individuals with varied life experiences, including recovery backgrounds, and of different ages.

Ellie Magraw, 21, was CGL’s second apprentice and recently completed a two year apprenticeship with Surrey CGL and Sussex College six months ahead of schedule, during which she successfully gained her level three NVQ Health & Social Care qualification specialising in Criminal Justice and substance misuse. With the skills she acquired, Ellie passed a robust interview process and was appointed as an engagement lead recovery worker, working with Integrated Offender Management (IOM), prison and probation, as well as offering virtual outreach to service users.

Apprentice Programme Lead Rebekah Gilroy is in her forties and, although only halfway through the two year scheme, she is already well on her way to completing her level three qualification with Surrey CGL and the Open University.

The success of these apprentices has enabled Surrey CGL to recruit a fourth apprentice in partnership with Sussex College, beginning in April 2017. Working in cooperation with partner agencies ensures that CGL Surrey is able to support each individual apprentice in their role, offering essential mentoring, coaching and advice to maximise the opportunity for the programme’s participants.

Jane Saville, project manager at CGL Surrey said:

“We are extremely proud of our apprenticeship programme in Surrey and are looking forward to welcoming another apprentice in April.

“We could not achieve what we have without support from our partner agencies, and I would like to thank the whole Surrey team for their support in mentoring, coaching and supporting each individual in their role.”

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