Shropshire’s largest independent care provider is recruiting its next generation of young carers.

Coverage Care Services, a not-for-profit organisation operating 12 care homes across Shropshire including New Fairholme in Oswestry, is on the lookout for six new apprentices to join its professional team.

Those successfully completing the 12-month long apprenticeship will be guaranteed a job and further career development and will also be rewarded with higher-than-average wages whilst they train.

Sam Woosnam, head of human resources at Coverage Care, said: “We’re absolutely delighted to be able to kickstart our apprenticeship programme again following a two-year break because of Covid.

“Working as an apprentice is a fantastic opportunity for any young person leaving school or college and looking for a career in care as it combines crucial hands-on experience and qualifications.”

Those joining Coverage Care on its apprenticeship programme will work towards a Level 2 Diploma in Care and will spend their time gaining practical insights within a care home setting alongside virtual learning.

Apprentices will be paid £7 an hour to train which is significantly higher than the £4.30 an hour national apprenticeship wage and they will also be allocated a buddy from within the organisation to support with personal development.

Sam added: “We’ve operated a very successful apprenticeship programme for many years and we’re very proud that many of the people who first joined us as an apprentice are still working for us today as either qualified carers or in senior management roles.

“It demonstrates our commitment to career development and ongoing training, and we are very excited about welcoming the next generation of apprentices to Coverage Care.

For more information about the latest apprenticeship opportunities with Coverage Care Services visit or contact 01743 283200 or email

Pictured: Sam Woosnam, head of HR at Coverage Care Services.