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Success Stories

Thornhill pair worked hard for management qualifications

Two care home workers, Ligi Malayil and Hanaa Akash, who work at Thornhill care home in Huddersfield, have both completed higher apprenticeships, studying for the degree-equivalent qualifications while holding down full-time jobs.

Deputy home manager Ligi is also a mother of two young children while residential team leader Hanaa, who is originally from Sudan, was also studying for her English GCSE at the same time.

Both spent around 10 hours a week for two-and-a-half years working towards their Level 5 Higher Apprenticeships in Health and Social Care-Adult Management.

“It was a lot of stress working full-time with two small children,” said Ligi, who has worked at Thornhill for 12 years.

“But I wanted to really push myself to achieve more. My next step is to consider a master’s but my nursing practice is more important.”

Hanaa, who started at Thornhill as a domestic worker 10 years ago, said she would now rest for awhile before considering her next goal.

“It was a lot of work studying for two-and-a-half years, and to learn the English language as well, but I am delighted to have achieved this,” she said.

Thornhill manager Jonathan Edwards said everyone at the care home was very proud of Ligi and Hanaa for completing their Higher Apprenticeships.

“It is a phenomenal achievement, considering the other commitments and responsibilities they both have,” said Jonathan.

“They are great role models for anyone considering going back into education.”

Thornhill is part of the Hill Care group.

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