A SHEFFIELD care home manager has been named Student of the Year after completing her Higher Apprenticeship course.
Louise Spooner, a home manager at The Laurels and The Limes Care Home, on Manchester Road, was chosen from more than 80 students at Chesterfield College for the accolade.
She was joined by Karen Busby, a fellow Hill Care Group home manager, who runs Springbank House Care Home, in Chesterfield, at their graduation ceremony.
Both managers completed the Level 5 qualification in Care Leadership and Management.
During the ceremony, Louise was also recognised with the Student of the Year Award, after mentoring fellow students on Level 2 and 3 courses throughout her studies.
David Malone, Chesterfield College chief operating officer, said: “As a care home manager, Louise has a very busy day job, but she has exhibited an exemplary attitude towards the training and development and has stood out amongst her peers in professionalism and engagement in learning.
“She’s a hands-on leader who’s set a great example to others. She also manages Level 2 and Level 3 apprentices and has a true understanding of what it takes to nurture and support apprentices in the workplace.
“This approach makes her an effective manager and an inspirational leader.”
After picking up her award, Louise said: “I was surprised to receive the student of the year award but proud to have been selected out of such a wide group of students.
“I am very committed to supporting my team with their education and so it was nice that this was also recognised.
“I am very pleased to have been able to gain the qualification as it was a challenge after a number of years out of any form of education and whilst being busy managing a home.
“I look forward to continuing to use my knowledge within my home.”