#DYWKeyworker - Skye Wardrop - Highland Hospice

Friday, 29th May 2020

Name: Skye Wardrop

Job Title: House Keeper

Company: Highland Hospice

Hometown: Inverness

What attracted you to the industry you are in? My granny was once a patient at the hospice. So when I saw an ad to work there as a housekeeper, I took the opportunit

How long have you been with the company? Just over a year

Describe your day-to-day role; Cleaning everywhere to the highest standard- making the hospice sparkle!

What kind of training have you done?Have you completed any professional qualifications?

I completed an Modern Apprenticeship in Hospitality Services, SCQV level 5, which involved training on handling and contamination.

What skills have you learned?

Good people skills- an important part of the job is to talk to patients, and to help make the hospice a welcoming place for everyone.

Do you like living and working in the Inverness & Highlands?

Yes but I’d like to move away eventually, to somewhere with a bit more culture.

Was there anything about the job that surprised you?

How welcoming the whole team are, and the level of care that's constantly provided at the hospice.

What skills are the most important for you to do your job well?

Time-keeping, making risk assessments, being thorough and attentive.

Is there anything unusual about your role?

It took some time to get used to working in a place where people receive end-of-life care.

What’s your favourite part of the job?

Speaking to patients, getting to know them and hear their stories. They're all so different

Did you always want to pursue a career in this industry?

No- housekeeping started out as a way of supporting my college education, studying art.

What is your advice for young school leavers looking to start an apprenticeship?

Just go for it! Don’t be scared of doing it.

What is your career goal?

I’m not sure yet- but definitely something arty.

How does it feel to be a KeyWorker on the frontline, supporting the Country’s fight against Covid-19?

I feels good to be helping a cause instead of being stuck at home and I’m proud of the difference that my work makes, providing a safe clean place for people to be cared in.