Care home Manager awarded masters degree equivalent qualification

Pictured with her award is Mandy Callaghan with GB Training chair, Gill Barton and Lord Mayor of Birmingham, Coun Mike Leddy

Pictured with her award is Mandy Callaghan with GB Training chair, Gill Barton and Lord Mayor of Birmingham, Coun Mike Leddy

Birmingham woman Mandy Callaghan proved you’re never too old to learn when she gained the equivalent of a masters degree while also holding down a full-time job.

The 51-year-old care home manager attained a Level 7 NVQ in management after three years of hard work.

Mandy, who manages a staff of 20 at the Forest Grange home in Moseley, was presented with her award by Birmingham training provider GB Training.

The award is the highest NVQ level the Southside-based training provider GB Training has presented for many years.

Mandy, who started her career in care as a volunteer more than 30 years ago, said: “I send all my staff to GB Training to improve their skills and qualifications because the company’s standards are so high, in fact quite a few have gone into nursing as a direct result of the support given.

“However as is often the case for many managers it is easy to overlook your own training or find the time amongst the demands of the job to pursue something like this.”

She added: “It took a lot of effort, however I am thrilled to have achieved it because it gives me confidence knowing my work in the care industry is being done to a very high nationally-recognised standard.

“We all should expect the highest standards of care in our nursing homes and I hope this will go towards continuous improvement which ultimately benefits the people we look after.”

Mandy was among more than 25 people receiving their NVQ level 2 and 3 certificates from the Lord Mayor of Birmingham, Councillor Mike Leddy, at an awards ceremony.

Lawrence Barton, GB Training director, said: “We were delighted to hand out so many certificates to our trainees but it was particularly rewarding to see Mandy gain her NVQ Level 7 in management.

“It has taken a great deal of hard work on Mandy’s part with support from our staff. I hope she inspires other managers to think about improving their qualifications and to realise that you are never too old to learn and develop your career whatever industry you are in.”

GB Training, based in Bromsgrove Street, Southside, is a family-run training firm specialising in care, hospitality, IT and vehicle mechanics apprenticeships, as well as bespoke management training.

It is part of GB Holdings, which was set up by 17 years ago by Mr Barton’s mother Gill, following a successful career as a training manager in the private sector. Since then it has grown significantly and now employs more than 200 people.