Linet UK partner with PETA

Linet apprenticeship

Company background:

Linet UK is part of Linet Group SE, a leading global supplier of hospital beds. The company’s success is based on innovations that help improve the standards of healthcare in more than 100 countries worldwide. Their portfolio includes solutions designed for intensive care, products for regular in-bed treatment and also special beds for old people’s homes and long-term care facilities. The Linet range also includes a wide range of pressure relieving mattresses for a variety of care scenarios.

Linet UK operates across the entire UK market for sales, rentals and service, with comprehensive customer support and a fully trained and experienced field-based team. From their Central Support Office in Fareham and regional Service Centres, they operate nationwide teams of experienced customer service staff, engineers and installers.

The requirement:

Jessica Goodyear is Linet’s first employee to commence a formal apprenticeship since the introduction of the Apprenticeship Levy; which for their business, has opened up huge potential for further training opportunities within their UK sites.

When the Levy was introduced in April 2017, PETA consultants contacted companies throughout the area to inform them and tell them about some of the new programmes on offer under the apprenticeship reforms, which happened at around the same time.

When PETA got in touch with Linet, it was the CMI Level 3 Management and Leadership Apprenticeship that struck a chord. Since joining Linet Jessica had made a very good impression on her employers and they thought it would be beneficial for her to gain some formal leadership training and qualifications to support her in her supervisory role.

The solution:

Since commencing her apprenticeship, PETA and Linet both ensured that Jessica had access to the resources, support and coaching needed to complete this in-depth learning.

Jessica started the programme in September 2017 and attended seven modules of training over the 16-month duration. She had to complete an assignment for each of the modules, which she had to pass to gain her certificate. Alongside that she completed a portfolio of evidence demonstrating the skills that she had gained during the programme. She also completed her functional skills certificates in maths and English.

The outcome:

During the process, Jessica grew in self-confidence, maturity and gained sound knowledge and experience of management and business acumen.

She has diligently worked on implementing robust work instructions and training regimes in order for her team to work autonomously in the delivery of targets and key performance indicators within the Decontamination Centre, who are responsible for cleaning, repairing and delivering hospital beds and mattress to hospitals and nursing homes throughout the UK.

She manages her team day to day ensuring adherence to strict infection control procedures, and other business policies and practices.  Her development has afforded the business increased productivity and overall throughput within the department, ensuring optimised product availability to our customers.

Linet HR Manager Anglea Elshaw said: “When Jessica was awarded The Alex Zemenides Apprentice of the Year 2018 from PETA, we were extremely proud to see how far she had come. In February she was recognised nationally as the overall ‘Runner Up’ within the Business Services sector at the GTA England Apprentice of the Year Awards 2019, which further demonstrates she is one of our talented high-flyers and one to watch as she continues to grow and put her newly acquired skills and knowledge into practice.”

A few words about PETA:

“We have found PETA to be highly professional, diligent and supportive of the courses they offer; they are responsive and offer their time and expertise unwaveringly to each student, we would have no hesitation in partnering with them again.”

Angela Elshaw, HR Manager    

“I’m so excited for my future. I’m extremely grateful for the opportunities I’ve been given and for the support from my employer and PETA. I think an apprenticeship is a great alternative to university as you gain qualifications as well as hands-on training. I enjoyed it 100% - it’s a brilliant way to begin your career.”

Jessica Goodyear, Management apprentice


Photo (left to right): PETA CEO Huw Chapman, Angela Elshaw, Jessica Goodyear and PETA Learning and Development Coach Elaine Kling-Moger

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