Nursing career beckons for former factory worker Terri Brown
Terry Brown with her nursing team leader, Karen McDonald.
By Lizzie Healey
A former factory worker is on her way to a nursing career, after landing a ‘life-changing’ apprenticeship with NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde.
Terri Brown (28) successfully completed a Modern Apprenticeship – despite finding out she was pregnant on her second day!
Six years down the line she’s just begun a four-year Open University Nursing degree course.
Terri said: “Yes I managed to complete my apprenticeship in Social Services, Children and Young People on time – despite having my maternity leave in the middle! My wee boy is five now and I’m just starting my degree course, which is both scary and exciting at the same time.
“After my apprenticeship I am now a Family Support Worker. I work with the health visiting team and provide parenting skills, baby massage as well as assisting family access benefits etc.
“I am so glad I applied for the apprenticeship; it’s been life-changing. Six years ago I was working in a factory to get extra money and would never have dreamt I could have been a nurse. Two years ago I got a new team leader and she totally believes in me. It’s her that’s given me the confidence to apply for the OU course – she urged me to apply.
“My apprenticeship has given me an insight to the nursing profession and opened doors for me. Working as part of the Health Visiting Team has helped me grow and develop my knowledge and skills.”
Terri will now juggle her job, study and of course being mum to five-year-old Charlie.
She said: “NHSGGC is giving me a half day a week to help me complete my uni work. And of course there will be placements in a hospital ward and also a spell with the district nurses. There is so much work to do but I also really excited about the future.”
Team Leader Karen McDonald said: “Terri is a terrific member of my team and I believe she is a real inspiration to young people striving to change and make their mark on the world.
“She has shown such courage and determination to advance in her career within NHSGGC. I am delighted that she has chosen the OU option, as she will remain in our team for a further four years, and we can continue to support and provide her with guidance as she progresses with her Nursing degree.”
NHSGGC’s Modern Apprenticeship programme offers an excellent starting point for a long term NHS career – both clinical and non-clinical roles. Many apprentices – like Terri – are supported to undertake higher education programmes to support career progression. There are also opportunities to work while studying to degree level in the Modern Apprentice graduate programmes in Finance, Medical Laboratories and Estates.