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Saturday, 30 May 2015

Celebrations as care firm staff pick up awards

MORE than 40 employees of a Cumbrian care firm are celebrating after picking up training awards.

The NVQs recently handed out at the Broughton Craggs Hotel near Cockermouth mean bosses at Keycare Services Ltd are well on their way to being recognised as a training centre of excellence.

The workers all achieved NVQ levels 2-4 over the last year. Several also picked up accolades from the Institute of Supervisory Management.

One of the highest achievements was given to Keycare’s training manager, Karen Glaister. She is now a fully qualified Internal Verifier which allows her to oversee the training and development of staff in-house before independent assessment takes place.

Keycare Services Ltd was set up by co-directors Cathy Keough and Paula Carruthers to provide home and residential care for the elderly across North and West Cumbria.

They work in Allerdale, Copeland and Carlisle with a large team of dedicated carers looking after more than 350 people.

Cathy Keough said: “This is a fantastic achievement, it is a personal triumph for Karen but also for the company as it represents another step towards us being granted Centre Status.”

If Keycare wins Centre Status it will mean the firm will be able to offer NVQ courses directly.

Keycare Services Ltd, based on the Derwent Howe industrial estate in Workington, has been helped along the way by Business Link for Cumbria.

With Business Link’s help, Keycare Services achieved the prestigious Investors In People (IIP) award in 2002. Its three-yearly review is due next year.

The full list of awards is :

Assessors Award: Alison Adair, Jean Pearson, Anne Robertson, Helen Maud Wilson

Internal Verifiers Award: Karen Glaister

Introductory Certificate in First Line Management: Jean Pearson, Sarah Morris, Janice Potts

Registered Managers Award: Paula Carruthers

NVQ Level 2: Gillian Daley, Susan Doran, Anne Flannery, Joanne Greggain, Pauline Harrison, Andrew Hudson, Joan McGiven, Fiona McGuirk, Pat Pattinson, Alison Pearson, Christine Simpson, Sharon Smith, Lillian Thompson, Lynee Thwaytes, Tracy Watson, Lindsey Aitken, Tracy Crosby, Barbara Fennell, Angela Hogg, Vivienne Hunter, Ann Kelly, Sharon McKay, Elizabeth Moore, Vanda Nicholson, Rachel Pearson, Sharon Phillips, Margaret White, Elaine Wilson, Louise Murray

NVQ Level 3: Joan Crickett, Ann Robertson, Ian Tighe, Suzanne Williamson, Helen Maud Wilson, Emma Hodgson, Janice Potts, Denise Winn, Ann Johnston