Our award winning Barleyfield House has scooped another title – it’s been named Employer of the Year by SBC Training for its contribution to apprenticeships.

The Shrewsbury home, which provides respite care for adults with learning disabilities, was recognised as an organisation that has gone one step further in encouraging and supporting apprenticeships.

Deputy Mayor and Leader of Shropshire Council Peter Nutting presented Barleyfield’s Manager Trish Owen and Deputy Manager Ian Thompson with the award at SBC Training’s annual prize giving ceremony on April 18.

Assistant Manager Rebecca Roberts was also a finalist in the Achiever of the Year category.

The event’s MC Sam Shaw recognised Barleyfield’s commitment to training despite the pressure facing the health and social care sector.

He said: “Barleyfield House has gone the extra mile to ensure that staff are supported to develop through apprenticeships, and to achieve qualifications, not only in essential care skills but also in team leading and functional skills.

“Manager Trish Owen works very effectively with SBC Training to ensure that learners have time for their training and are rota’d appropriately for assessment meetings giving them quality time with their SBC training tutors. Trish actively encourages existing staff to enrol for apprenticeship programmes as part of their on-going development, helping them to overcome barriers.”

Coverage Care Chief Executive David Coull praised the Barleyfield team.

“This award is duly deserved. The high standard of care at Barleyfield House is down to the quality of training that Trish and Ian encourage and oversee.

“Rebecca was one of only three finalists from a whole year of students to be shortlisted. That is an excellent achievement and testimony to her hard work and dedication.”