Apprenticeship Opportunities

Apprenticeships for young people at The Deal Centre are providing invaluable skills and a way to future careers. Apprentices be signed sign up to a one-year contract with the possibility of extensions to advanced apprenticeships. The full apprenticeships and advanced apprenticeships take up to two-and-a–half years. The Centre contributes to the training of those aged over 19 and pays for their mandatory training; being paid while training is a bonus for the apprentices.

The Chief Executive Officer, Debbie Barry, explained “Apprenticeships are an important part of the Government strategy to encourage young people into the world of employment by gaining qualifications through experience and training in the workplace. The Deal Centre is delighted to support this initiative and thus our apprentices assist and supplement our paid staff. The apprentices are on a training programme that will last for twelve months, with a view to progressing on to an advanced apprenticeship at the Centre if they wish. In addition to offering qualifications and work to young people during a time of high unemployment, it also encourages relationships between the young and the old. The apprenticeship programme at The Deal Centre is has been in place for the past three years and is one that we hope will continue.

Equally important, the training is also a route to higher education, particularly for younger people that do not have the opportunity to complete the all important 'A' levels needed for University admission.”

The apprentices undergo mandatory training to meet the Centre’s requirements as part of its health and social care provision. This training covers moving and handling, infection control, first aid, safeguarding vulnerable adults, health and safety, equality and diversity, the Mental Capacity Act and dementia awareness.

The latest apprentice at the Deal Centre is Sam Meyer who started at the Centre on 3rd June 2013. Sam, who is 20 years old, already knew the Centre and the people as he had been a volunteer for the previous year. He really enjoyed his volunteering work and that encouraged him to apply for an apprenticeship when one became available. Sam, who gained his NVQ Level 2 in hospitality, worked on the Reception desk, on the servery, in the kitchen and in the dining room alongside experienced paid staff. He then became an assistant in the finance department. Sam has now moved onto a new job in Dover. 

Jessica Stevens was one of the first apprentices to take up the scheme and after achieving her NVQ Level 2 customer services diploma she became a receptionist at the Centre. She is now working for her Level 3 NVQ.

Former Castle Community College student Jessica works on reception. She said ”I really enjoy dealing with customers, answering their queries and socialising with them and everyone that works here. Apart from tons more confidence, I have also developed computer and money handling skills. This is a really good opportunity and quite a rare one, I feel really privileged.” 

Work Experience

As well as apprenticeships, the Deal Centre offers the opportunities for work experience for young people at school or University. 

The work experience group for 2016 includes Kieran Richards from Sandwich Technical School. He is 15 years old and worked in all departments at the Centre gaining an overall experience of how the Centre runs.Jodie Thomson, in the white nursing top, is from Canterbury University. She is studying for her adult nursing qualification.Tiffany Fox, with the Thank you cake for staff, is from Canterbury College and volunteered for 3 months, Tiffany Fox is studying Health and Social care.


In June 2015, Megan Battenfield, a 16-year-old from Sir Roger Manwood's school was on work experience at the Centre for a week. She enjoyed her time so much that she backed a cake for the staff at the Centre as a Thank. Helen Morgan, Centre Manager, said "Megan has been an absolute star. I plan to speak to her teachers and let them know of her good work. She aspires to be a doctor, I am sure she will do well. She has worked in every department at the Centre, and also went out on the Meal Delivery Service."

Megan Butterfield with the cake she baked for the staff at the Deal Centre

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