TWO care home workers have overcome the odds to complete higher apprenticeships.
Ligi Malayil and Hanaa Akasha, both from Thornhill Care Home, in Edgerton, Huddersfield, completed the degree-equivalent qualifications while holding down full-time jobs.
Deputy home manager Ligi is also a mother of two young children – Leon, aged 9, and Reiss, aged 5.
While residential team leader Hanaa, who is originally from Sudan, was also studying for her English GCSE at the same time.
Both spent around 10 hours a week for two-and-a-half years working towards their Level 5 Higher Apprenticeships in Health and Social Care-Adult Management.
Ligi, who has worked at Thornhill for 12 years, said: “It was a lot of stress working full-time with two small children, but I wanted to really push myself to achieve more.
“My next step is to consider a master’s but my nursing practice is more important.”
Hanna, who started at Thornhill as a domestic worker 10 years ago, said: “It was a lot of work studying for two-and-a-half years, and to learn the English language as well, but I am delighted to achieve this.
“I will rest now and enjoy this moment before considering my next achievement.”
The pair completed their qualifications with Calderdale College and attended their graduation ceremony at Halifax Victoria Theatre, in Halifax, following a procession from the Town Hall.
Hanaa was accompanied by her husband, Ali Mahmood, and Ligi by her husband, Thomas Malayil, and two children.
Staff from Thornhill Care Home also attended the ceremony, including activities coordinator Jessica Reilly, senior care assistant Shaila Abida and home manager Jonathan Edwards.
Jonathan said: “Everyone at Thornhill is so proud of Ligi and Hanaa for completing their Higher Apprenticeships.
“It is a phenomenal achievement, considering the other commitments and responsibilities they both have, and they are great role models for anyone considering going back into education.”