A new apprentice has joined a care team in Weymouth.

St Jude's Care offer a range of apprentice opportunities and a new starter is already thriving in her position.

This year St Jude’s Care is employing a new business administration apprentice who will study at Level 2 with Weymouth College. Amelia Townsend aged 16 joined the St Jude’s Care team at the beginning of September and is based at the St Jude’s Care head office on the Granby Industrial Estate.

Amelia recently completed her GCSE’s and applied to St Jude’s Care when a business administration apprenticeship became available.

Amelia said: “The business administration apprenticeship provides me with a general overview of business, business skills, customer service, social media and marketing.

"I am very excited about starting my apprenticeship at St Jude’s."

Ben Andrews, managing director of St Jude’s Care added: “We are looking forward to having Amelia as part of our ever growing team.

"Amelia’s main role will be looking after the administration and business operations.

"At St Jude’s the apprenticeship programme has had mutual benefits for both the young person and employer. The skills and knowledge obtained through the apprenticeship programme is essential for career progression in the care industry."

St Jude's Care is registered to provide personal care to people living in their own homes across Dorset.

A recent inspection by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) praised the company for its compassionate, understanding and sufficient service.

It was rated overall as 'good'.

In the report, inspectors said: "People were supported by staff who were kind and caring in their approach. One person explained that staff were caring because when they were upset staff 'make me a cup of tea and put their arm around me'.

"They went on to tell us that they were really satisfied with the staff that they had and said 'I love them, absolutely love them'."

A relative said also that staff had "a sympathetic ear" which they found supportive.