Peter Rogers, constructing a brand new profession because of apprenticeships.
Former Wales prop ahead Peter Rogers has turn into one of many nation’s oldest apprentices as he makes use of the abilities gained while taking part in worldwide rugby union in opposition to the world’s finest groups to information his new profession in well being and social care.
Peter, 51, who gained 18 caps for Wales and performed membership rugby for London Irish, Newport, Cardiff and Roma, believes it’s a really perfect profession for ex-professional sportsmen and girls to think about.
“For some individuals, it could not appear essentially the most glamorous job on the earth, however I’d say that domiciliary well being care is right for skilled sportspeople who don’t have a profession to stroll into once they retire,” he mentioned.
“Taking part in skilled sport and dealing in domiciliary well being care require an identical set of expertise – self-discipline, teamwork, good communications, psychological power and the flexibility to take care of advanced conditions the place you want help. Each careers are very rewarding.”
Peter, who lives in Cardiff along with his spouse Stephanie, is joyful to be following within the footsteps of his father, Phillip, who was a social employee in Swansea.
A Basis Apprenticeship in Well being and Social Care, delivered by studying supplier t2 group, opened the door to his new profession with Proper at House Cardiff and Newport. He has now progressed to a Larger Apprenticeship (Degree 4) to develop his administration expertise, together with serving to with shopper assessments.
“Once I began with Proper at House in June 2019, I solely meant doing the job for a couple of yr,” he defined. “Now, two years later, I don’t assume I’m going to cease working within the care trade; I’d miss all my common service customers an excessive amount of.
“The coaching I’ve had has been excellent. I take pleasure in going into individuals’s houses to supply care and I get a optimistic daily, which you don’t get in lots of different jobs.
“What I’ve gained from the apprenticeships is the sensible information and life expertise to do the job and that has given me the boldness to debate vital issues with service customers. The extra information I’ve, the extra I benefit from the job.
“The truth that I used to be 50 after I began the apprenticeship should make me one of many oldest apprentices in Wales. It exhibits you might be by no means too previous to be taught.”
Peter will not be the one member of the family benefiting from an apprenticeship, as his son Jack is an apprentice electrician.
Abbey Folland, coaching and administration supervisor for Proper at House Cardiff and Newport, mentioned: “Apprenticeships and additional studying are so helpful, particularly within the well being and social care sector, as they permit and help individuals to take an entire change of path of their life and begin a brand new profession.
“Peter began his journey with us with no well being and social care background or expertise however took the plunge as he needed to present again. He sailed by way of his qualification and apprenticeship and it has helped him turn into the good carer that he’s at the moment.
“Peter has now launched into a Larger Apprenticeship to assist him perceive and be taught extra concerning the well being and social care sector and get entangled with the workplace aspect of domiciliary care.
“Apprenticeships accommodate individuals from all walks of life and all age teams and are extraordinarily vital for making certain our caregivers are the perfect they are often.”
Emma Pridmore, t2’s advertising and marketing supervisor, mentioned: “Peter is a superb instance that it’s by no means too late to alter profession and has proven how an apprenticeship may also help that course of.
“We’re working onerous to lift consciousness that apprenticeships are for everybody aged over 16 and never only for younger individuals. The Welsh Authorities is presently providing nice incentives to employers to recruit extra apprentices to assist Wales bounce again from the affect of the Covid-19 pandemic.”
Welsh Authorities Economic system Minister, Ken Skates mentioned: “It’s nice to see Peter thriving in his function and offering very important help to individuals who want it most.
“Peter’s journey exhibits there is no such thing as a age restrict to beginning an apprenticeship and I’m delighted he’s gaining a lot from it.
“Apprentices play a vital function within the Welsh financial system and assist individuals earn a wage while creating new expertise and capabilities.
“As a authorities, we’ve already achieved our goal of making 100,000 apprenticeships within the Senedd time period and that’s one thing I’m extremely pleased with.”
The Apprenticeship Programme in Wales is funded by the Welsh Authorities with help from the European Social Fund.