Cadet Sergeant Aiden Daniel, 16, from Seven Sisters has made the brave decision to join the battle against coronavirus by becoming a Health Care Support Worker at the tender age of 16.

The Dyfed and Glamorgan ACF Cadet used his time during lockdown to utilise his knowledge gained from the RCN Prince of Wales Nursing Cadet Scheme to be successful at interview to train as a healthcare support worker (HCSW) for Swansea Bay University Health Board (SBUH).

With his studies at Afan College completed for the year and his job as a lifeguard at Freedom Leisure Ystradgynlais, put on hold, Aiden decided to dedicate his time to caring for others. He found the job online and will shortly be starting training at either Neath Port Talbot or Morriston Hospitals.

Aiden said, “I decided to apply for the role of HCSW as I really enjoyed the placement I had in a hospital through the Army RCN Nursing Cadets Scheme. I’ve always wanted to work as a physiotherapist because I had a big operation at the age of nine where I spent six weeks in hospital, and I admired all the staff there who looked after me. I’ve always wanted to give back in any way I could.”

The RCN Prince of Wales Nursing Cadet Scheme gives young members of uniformed organisations an introduction to potential careers in nursing.  Supported by HRH Prince of Wales, the scheme aims to develop and prepare them for life and to support them towards employment in nursing.

Aiden’s mum Linda said, “I am very proud of Aiden, although I didn’t expect to be sending my 16-year-old out to work in a pandemic.”

NPTC Group of Colleges (which Afan College is part of) Corporation Board member Professor Donna Mead OBE, named as one of the top 70 most influential nurses in the NHS in the last 70 years said, “I am humbled to see the work and contribution of all working in the NHS through this pandemic. It is rewarding to see young students like Aiden wanting to get involved.  He is an incredible young man and I have no doubt has a very bright future within the health sector.”

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