Graham Lamb works at The Christie NHS Foundation Trust as a Cook Team Leader responsible for the catering needs of patients, staff and visitors. He challenged himself by completing an advanced apprenticeship in management which will help him to develop his career with The Christie and the NHS. Whilst some areas of the course were stretching, Graham fully embraced the challenges and has developed his skills.
What led you to enrol on an apprenticeship?
I enrolled on an apprenticeship with Damar to enhance my future job prospects and expand my knowledge of management and leadership.
What does your role as an apprentice entail?
I worked alongside my trainer to analyse my job role through the knowledge gained in my apprenticeship. The apprenticeship sets the standard for how to perform, make decisions and interact with my team. It has made me more aware of my strengths and weaknesses and has provided me the tools to alter and change aspects of myself to become a more skilled manager.
What have you enjoyed most about your apprenticeship?
I enjoyed the presentation module, learning about different management styles and refreshing my knowledge of Microsoft Excel.
What has been a personal highlight of your apprenticeship?
Being able to see first-hand, the results of my learning.
Have you got any advice for school leavers looking for the right career path?
Take your time in deciding what you want to do as a career. What you want to do today may not be what you want to do tomorrow so try and experience as much as you can before committing to a certain career path. Qualifications open doors so try and achieve as many qualifications as you are able to.
Marcus Foolen, Senior Catering Manager at The Christie commented:
“Graham has certainly developed his performance through completing the apprenticeship. It has given him more confidence in working with other departments and managers. As a result, he has increased departmental income which has been reinvested into patient care. Well done, Graham!”.
Graham’s Damar trainer, Chris Barnard said:
“The apprenticeship helped Graham to gain confidence in his own abilities and as a result, he was selected as a lead in The Christie Dementia Awareness Campaign. Here, he impressed the team in his understanding of dementia patients by developing an innovative menu to cater for their dietary needs”.