Health & Social Care student progresses to care management

25th October 2021

A former Health & Social Care student from Stratford-upon-Avon College has shared his journey to becoming Branch Manager for a local division of a national care company.

Stratford-upon-Avon resident, Brandon Shiels, became a student at the College in 2015 after trying A-Levels for a year at a different institution and finding they were not for him. “The type of learning at sixth form just didn’t work with my learning style. I wanted to have a focus on something I’m passionate about.”

Brandon studied on the Level 3 Diploma in Health & Social Care course which he believes prepared him for the working world. He comments: “It provided me with the theory; the principles in care relating to dignity and respect, and the legislation regarding setting out the standards of the sector. This, alongside the work experience opportunities provided, prepared me for a career in care.”

Brandon Shiels outside Helping Hands branch at stratford-upon-avon college
Brandon Shiels at his branch of Helping Hands

After a work placement with Avon Support, Brandon was immediately offered full time employment. From there he has worked in a multitude of different roles in a variety of different care settings. After gaining a vast amount of experience, he gained a leadership position for a company in Leamington Spa. It was during this time he undertook his Level 5 in Leadership and Management; which he was only able to undertake due to his previous College qualifications. Brandon now works as Branch Manager for Helping Hands; a family led home care provider that offers private care and support for adults to live independently at home.

“I got into care originally because it provided job satisfaction; knowing the work I do makes a difference to someone’s life. Now my role allows me to help support over 100 customers as well as help carers progress through the business.”

Due to his wealth of experience, Brandon has been invited back to the College to be a guest speaker for current students and will talk about Helping Hands and the variety of career paths it offers.

“I’d definitely recommend a career in this industry as there is clear employment progression. ‘Carer’ is such a broad term so you have to find the area which suits you best. The College placements give you that time to explore what you enjoy and find the best role for you.”

We look forward to welcoming Brandon back to the College and wish him continued success in the future.

Find out more information about the College’s Health & Social Care courses: Health & Social Care courses