Apprenticeship Spotlight – Jennifer McClelland

With National Apprenticeship Week taking place from 6th to 12th February 2023, we caught up with Riverdale’s very own HR Apprentice, Jennifer McClelland, to find out more about what undertaking an apprenticeship means to her and why Riverdale Healthcare.

Why did you choose to do an HR apprenticeship?
I love learning new skills and broadening my knowledge. Apprenticeships are the perfect way to not only gain the knowledge but put it into practice and keep learning and building on your skills.
Taking an apprenticeship was also the perfect opportunity for a change, I didn’t want to feel stuck in a “job”, I wanted a career I could be proud of and progress in. I love the flexibility that comes with the apprenticeship, being able to work whilst learning at my pace.

Why Riverdale Healthcare?
I was really attracted to Riverdale Healthcare as it is a relatively young business, growing at a fast pace, which means I have the opportunity to grow alongside it and am excited by all the opportunities and input I can have. Riverdale’s values also stand out to me, and they really come through and can be felt throughout the business. I feel very lucky to have found a business who cares about their employees. I have had so much support across the group already and have felt very welcomed by every member of staff I have met.

What do I love about it most?
I have loved feeling valued amongst the team, even whilst still being new and learning, I feel like my opinion is valued and respected. I have loved meeting and talking to colleagues in the group, building connections with them, especially my closer team who have supported me so much already. I always come away feeling accomplished with my day and that my efforts have been appreciated within my team.

What would you say to others thinking about doing an apprenticeship with us?
What have you got to lose! It has been my best career decision in the last 10 years, and most importantly I love coming into work and actually look forward to Monday!

Here at Riverdale Healthcare, we are proud of the apprenticeship opportunities we provide. We help individuals to develop the skills and knowledge required for a rewarding career, both clinically or in our many support functions, whilst developing a talented workforce that is equipped with skills for the future.

Keep an eye on our vacancies page for the latest apprenticeship opportunities as they arise.