Building your career at Advance

Sinti is a great example of someone who joined Advance when she was only 19 and unsure of her career path. She has used determination and a positive attitude to make use of the training and support we offer at Advance to see her career with us grow and develop.

Sinti is an Operations Manager for Advance with responsibilty for managing several Support and Housing services in the Dorset area. She was promoted into her current role after several years as a Supprt Manager in Dorset for 22 customers with Learning Disabilities who require a mixture of support, some of whom live in Advance properties in and around Bournemouth and Christchurch. 

At just 19 years old, Sinti joined Advance in 2015 as a casual support worker after finishing her apprenticeship in Level 2 in childcare. A year later she was offered a full time position.

Sinti said: “Advance is great at providing training and supporting people to move forward in their careers.“ After completing her Level 3 diploma in Health & Social Care she then became a Senior Support Worker in Dorset.

“No two days are the same for me.  I love the mix of helping to bring in new business, managing and motivating a team of people and still doing hands on support work with our customers.”  “I also sit on the Bournemouth Christchurch and Poole Learning Disability Providers Forum where we can all share ideas or feedback from our services which are shared with the council who commission our services.

Never one to sit still, Sinti is also Chair of the Voice, the Advance staff representative group. “As a group we talk about our PRIDE values a lot – Partnership, Respect, Innovation, Drive and Efficiency. I’m working with others to see if we can refine the PRIDE Awards process a bit and looking at ways in which Advance can recognise the incredible dedication of its front line staff throughout Covid 19.  I am part of the working group helping to put the annual staff conference together. I’m also lucky to be part of an amazing team here in Dorset who are well supported by our managers and they encourage me every step of the way.”

When asked what she would say to others considering a career in support, particularly young people who have not yet decided on their career path, Sinti replied: “Just do it, you will not regret it. The personal satisfaction you get is second to none.  One of our customers we supported has now gone on to become a support worker himself; he and I passed our driving tests within months of each other.  To see him flourish in this way has been amazing.“

“I am originally from Latvia and they have a slightly different approach to people with learning disabilities and they always think that I am `caring for people’. When I explain that it is more about how we support people to achieve their own goals and ambitions, they are impressed.”

When asked about what’s next for Sinti she said that she really enjoys her work and loves to learn new things. She would like to study more about non-verbal communication and will be tapping into the expertise and knowledge of the Positive Behaviour Support Team”.

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