Samantha Sanderson – Level 5 Children, Young People and Families Manager Apprentice

Meet Samantha Sanderson, a shining example of dedication and resilience in the field of children’s care and management. Currently enrolled in the Level 5 Children, Young People and Families Manager Apprenticeship at Professional Training Solutions, Samantha’s journey exemplifies the transformative power of passion and perseverance.


With a heart set on making a difference, Samantha embarked on her apprenticeship journey in January 2023 while assuming the role of manager at a children’s home under West Sussex County Council. Tasked with caring for young people grappling with complex trauma and challenging behaviours, Samantha’s commitment to their well-being knows no bounds.

Key Contributions:

Driven by a desire to create positive change, Samantha has been instrumental in implementing tailored risk management strategies to support the unique needs of the young people under her care. Collaborating closely with clinical experts, she ensures a holistic approach to their development, fostering an environment of growth and healing.

Exceptional Resilience:

In the face of adversity, Samantha’s resilience shines through. Despite encountering challenging situations, including instances of physical abuse and medical emergencies, Samantha remains steadfast in her commitment to duty. Her ability to maintain composure during crises underscores her professionalism and unwavering dedication.

Outstanding Leadership:

As an interim assistant manager, Samantha leads by example, fostering a culture of empathy, resilience, and unwavering support within her team. Her leadership style, characterised by compassion and integrity, has been instrumental in driving positive outcomes and enhancing the quality of care provided.

Assessor Testimonial:

According to Samantha’s assessor, her exceptional performance amidst adversity while excelling in her apprenticeship is truly commendable. Samantha’s resilience, unwavering focus on positive outcomes, and outstanding communication skills set her apart as an exceptional apprentice and leader in her field.


Samantha’s journey embodies the spirit of excellence in apprenticeship training and professional practice. Her unwavering commitment to making a difference in the lives of vulnerable young people serves as an inspiration to all. Samantha Sanderson is not just an apprentice; she is a beacon of hope and compassion in the world of children’s care and management.


We proudly recommend Samantha Sanderson for the NCFE’s Apprentice of the Year award, recognising her outstanding contributions and unwavering dedication to the well-being of vulnerable young people. Samantha’s journey is a testament to the transformative power of passion, resilience, and unwavering commitment to excellence.