Staff Training

Way Ahead Care’s own training department, Step Ahead Training, ensure that their entire workforce, regardless of their previous experience, undergoes a vigorous Induction programme. All Induction courses have been developed in line with the national standards and requirements as set out by Skills for Care, the sector skills specialists, and our regulatory body The Care Quality Commission.

Stephanie Pepperd

I have worked for Way Ahead Care for 15 years before starting with Way Ahead Care my background was working in Nursing homes and I am also a qualified hairdresser. I coordinate the training centre (Step Ahead Training) which uses City & Guilds as their awarding body, I am what they call the centre coordinator I am also the Internal Quality Assurance (IQA) and an assessor for care and management qualifications.

Les Taylor

Les Taylor

I have worked in the care industry since leaving school, I have worked for Way Ahead care for the last 21 years. I started part time as a community care assistant. I then undertook my level 2 and 3 qualifications in care and progressed onto my assessor’s qualification. At this time I then joined Step Ahead Training as a trainer and assessor. I assess care qualifications at levels 2 and 3.

Joanne Grist

Joanne Grist

I have worked in the care industry for many years starting as a community care assistant with Way Ahead Care. Prior to this I was an Environmental Health Officer / Trainer, specialising in Food Safety and Health & Safety. I have gained experience in many areas of care including complex care, physical disabilities and PMLD.
I have achieved Level 2 and 3 qualifications in care, a teaching qualification and qualified as a Dementia Reminiscence Therapist.
I am currently a trainer / assessor within the Step Ahead training centre.

Karen Paddock

Karen Paddock

I work for Way Ahead Care as the HR/Trainer in the Bath office. I have a background in Personal Development, Equality and Diversity, Health and Safety, Record Keeping and Compliance training. I am a Chartered Member of the Institute of Personnel and Development and have a Post Graduate Diploma in Human Resource Management.

I am currently studying through the Alzheimer’s Society and have spent time providing creative activities in a specialist Dementia Care Home.