Happy retirement Janet

Janet Craddock is retiring this week after nine years of working with Realise. To mark the occasion, we are looking back at Janet’s time with us and the bucket-loads of care, passion and good humour she has shared as a key part of our Health and Social Care team.

At the age of 64, Janet joined Realise as an Assessor covering the West Midlands. Janet was tasked with supporting her then manager, Jason Whitehouse, with growing the Health and Social Care sector – and grow it she did! 

Janet wasted no time in developing strong relationships with employers. She built a rapport with every single person she met. This led to her being an in-demand, go-to Assessor which employers wanted to work with. 

Anne Marie Redding, Performance Manager and Janet’s current line manager recalls: “New businesses and existing employers would not have any other Assessor deliver the training!”

 She continues: “Janet was consistent, supportive and went over and above to support others to achieve their full potential. Not only did Janet support apprentices and employers, but she also helped to build the reputation of Realise, with her continued professionalism, can-do attitude, passion and drive displayed towards others. Janet makes people realise you can do anything when you put your mind to it. Thank you Janet for all your hard works over the years.”

Jason Whitehouse, Head of Sector for Health and Social Care, said: “Janet is a unique person with a distinctive caring nature. Janet prides herself on doing a good job and gives everything a go. Janet always gets the best out of her learners and supports them through their learning journey.”

“Janet is inspirational with the encouragement and experience she shares with the learners. Janet has an upbeat forthright personality and a good sense of fun thrown in for good measure and has been a valued member of the team for the last eight years and will be missed by all. Thank you, Janet, for your hard work and commitment!”

Reflecting on her career, Janet told us: “I have been proud to support my learners to progress into nursing and social work, and to give them the confidence to achieve their end goal.” 

“One of my fondest achievements is when I worked with a learner with Dyspraxia, who needed lots of support. He achieved a Merit – after some thought he couldn’t achieve at all. 

“I was very proud to have been part of his journey and to help prove that even though he had a disability, he could still achieve with the right support. I feel that our company gives the best support to all.”

Janet has made an incredible difference in peoples lives throughout her career in Health and Social Care. We want to thank Janet for everything  and wish her a very happy retirement from all your colleagues at Realise. 


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